Entries by Melanie Binder

TapRoot S3E5: Simon Says: Captivate the public with snazzy videos of plant defense, send plants to space, and embrace curiosity-driven science

In this episode, Liz and Ivan talk with Professor Simon Gilroy to bust the myth that plant scientists are only motivated to feed the world. So, let’s get back to the basics! Simon has been a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at Edinburgh in 1984 in Plant Biochemistry […]

TapRoot S3E1: Changing the Shape of Microbes and Mentoring

This season we are busting myths, and in this episode, we discuss the myth that mentoring is a one-way street. We talk with our guest Beronda Montgomery, Ph.D., about a cyanobacterium that changes shape in response to stress, and how mentors and trainees also need to change in response to their mutual needs during a […]

Transforming Pixels to Millimeters: Geometric Camera Calibration

About This Seminar The affordability and ubiquity of cameras have led to their increasing use in many disciplines. In plant phenomics, it is common to see experimental data based on image-derived measurements. This seminar will explain geometric camera calibration, whereby pixel measurements are mapped to physical measurements and the conditions under which participants can calibrate […]

Prioritization and Work / Life Balance: Do Less, Work Better

About This Seminar Work/life balance is important to our society regardless of gender. Many professionals today are experiencing the “sandwich” effect—taking care of a family as well as aging parents. In addition, there’s pressure to say “yes” to every opportunity or request that comes across your desk to be successful at work. Studies have shown […]

Taproot S3E0: Season 3 Starts Next #TaprootTuesday!

We are excited to announce that the first episode of Season 3 will be released next Tuesday!  This season, we have some amazing guests joining us and each episode will focus on busting a common science myth. Be sure to listen to Seasons 1 and 2 while you wait and stay tuned! http://cast.rocks/hosting/8420/S3E0-Teaser.mp3 How to listen, […]