We did a lot of science communication in 2018. By we, I mean all the individuals who gave their time selflessly to write for this blog or record podcasts with me. Here is a summary of what we did last year.
I started myÂ first podcast,Â This Week in Virology, in September 2008, together with Dickson Despommier, father of theÂ Vertical Farm. Although IÂ viewed the creation of a science podcast as an experiment, IÂ was surprised when people began to listen. Since then I haveÂ created fiveÂ other podcasts,Â scattered at different websites. Now you can find all of them atÂ MicrobeTV.
MicrobeTV is a podcast network for people who are interested in the life sciences. More specifically, the podcasts of MicrobeTV use conversations among scientistsÂ as teaching tools. Although I have been a research scientist my entire career, I have also had opportunities to teach graduate students, medical students, and undergraduate students. A long time ago I realized that I love to teach, and my podcasts are the outside-the-classroom expression of that sentiment.
My original idea behind TWiV was to teach virology to the broader public by recordingÂ conversations among scientists. The success of this approach led me to create This Week in Parasitism, This Week in Microbiology, Urban Agriculture, and This Week in Evolution, all of which can now be found at MicrobeTV.
You may ask why I do so many podcasts. The answer is simple – because I love talking about science and teaching others about this amazing field that makes our lives better. I could not do all these podcasts without my terrific co-hosts. I am also grateful to the American Society for Microbiology for their assistance and support for many years, especially Chris Condayan and Ray Ortega and the Communications Department.
MicrobeTV is the home for all of the podcasts that IÂ have producedÂ (and there are more to come!). But I’d also like to use MicrobeTV as a platform to showcase other science shows. The requirements are few: you should be passionate about your subject, you should have a great relationship with your audience, and your podcast audio mustÂ be excellent. If you are interested in joining MicrobeTV, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MicrobeTV – Science Shows by Scientists.
The first episode of our new science podcast, “This Week in Parasitism“, is now available.
This Week in Parasitism (TWiP) is a podcast about eukaryotic parasites hosted by Vincent Racaniello and Dick Despommier. Following in the path of their podcast ‘This Week in Virology’ (TWiV), they strive for an informal yet informative conversation about parasites which is accessible to everyone, no matter what their science background.
As science Professors at Columbia University, they have spent their entire academic careers directing research laboratories focused on parasites (Dick) and viruses (Vincent). Their enthusiasm for teaching inspired them to reach beyond the classroom with new media. TWiP is for everyone who wants to learn about parasites in a relaxing way.
On episode 1 of TWiP, Vincent and Dick provide an overview of parasites and parasitism.[audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/twip/TWiP001.mp3 | titles=TWiP 1]
Download TWiP #1 (41 MB .mp3, 57 minutes)
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