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Taproot S4E5: Navigating Experimental and Situational Panic

In this episode, we talk with Laura Klasek who is a Plant Biology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of California, Davis about her research and experiences as a graduate student.  Laura received her undergraduate degree from Hendrix College, where she double-majored in Biology and English with a…

Taproot S4E4: Graduate Interviews Demystified

In the previous episode, we talked with Dr. Scott Barolo about his research and shared tips for completing written graduate school applications. In this episode, we go to the next step, following up with Scott to discuss what to do once you’ve made it to the interviews. Scott shares tips for…

Taproot S4E3: How to mastermind experimental designs and and your graduate applications

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Scott Barolo about how he made a popular board game into a teaching tool, and we start a two-part discussion about the grad school application process. Scott gained his BSc at Penn State University and his Ph.D. in biology at the University of California, San Diego.…

Taproot S4E2: The GRExit and how we choose who goes to grad school

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Zen Faulkes about the graduate application process, what program directors are looking for and how hard (or indeed impossible) it is to have unbiased selection system.  Zen gained a B.A., Psychology at the University of Lethbridge in 1989 and a Ph.D. at the University…

Taproot S4E1: Identifying the Principle Components: Gender Dimorphism in Flowers and Consciously Building a Happy and Rewarding Career in Science

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Ambika Kamath, a behavioral ecologist and a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, about her undergraduate research and how to make value-based career decisions.  Ambika is originally from India and gained her B.A. in Biology at Amherst College in 2011. She received…

Taproot S4E0: Season 4 Starts Soon!

This season’s theme is “Cultivating a Career”, and we’ll talk about this from both sides--ideas and advice for your own career AND for helping the careers of others.  Be sure to listen to our previous seasons while you wait and stay tuned! http://cast.rocks/hosting/8420/S4E0-Teaser.mp3 How…

TapRoot S3E6: Opening Channels of Communication Between Cells and Scientists

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso who is a faculty member at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom to bust the myth competition is a part of science that cannot be avoided. Dr. Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso is originally from Cuba, and completed her graduate studies at…

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…

TapRoot S3E4: Challenging Environments: Sunflowers, Drought, and Making Waves as an Early Career Scientist

In this episode, Liz and Ivan talk with Dr. Rishi R. Masalia to bust the myth that early to late-career scientists should not speak up and make a difference to training programs and local communities. But how can we know when to or when not to STFU? (Listen to the episode to find out what that stands…