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Taproot S2S3: Getting Ready for Season 3

Stayed tuned for Season 3, where our theme will be "myth-busting". While we have some topics, we also want to hear from our audience about their ideas as well. Please take our brief survey, tell us more about yourself and help us plan for Season 3. Also - if you are attending Plant Biology 2018 in…

Taproot S2E6: Graduate Student Mental Illness; A Wild Type Phenotype?

In the final episode of Season 2, Liz and Ivan talk with Jeff Long, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the vice chair of the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology department and co-director of the Cell and Developmental Biology graduate program. Jeff has worked…

Taproot S2E5: Evolving Approaches: Herbicide Resistance in Weeds and What Men Can Do to Fight Gender Discrimination in Science

In this episode, Ivan and Liz talk with Gina Baucom, Assistant Professor in Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. Gina earned her Ph.D. and completed a postdoc at the University of Georgia. She joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 2010 before moving…

Taproot S2E4: Understanding Biological Networks and When to Break the Circuit with Ross Sozzani

In this episode, Ivan and Liz talk with Rosangela (Ross) Sozzani about her research and career path. Ross received her Ph.D. at the University of Pavia. After her post-doctoral studies at Duke University, Ross received the Armenise-Harvard Career Development Award for outstanding early-career scientists…

Taproot S2E3: Spiraling out of Silence; Speaking up for Science and Scientists with Kevin Folta

In this episode, Ivan and Liz talk to Kevin Folta, Professor and Chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida. Kevin’s research focuses on the functional genomics of small fruit crops, photomorphogenesis, and plant transformation. In addition to his many impressive…

Taproot S2E2: Minding the Gap with Elizabeth 'Toby' Kellogg

In this episode, Ivan and Liz talk with Elizabeth ‘Toby’ Kellogg about her research interests and career path. Toby received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, then completed a postdoc with R.A. Howard, also at Harvard University. She worked at the Harvard Herbarium before being becoming an Associate…

Taproot S2E1: Phenotyping Roots without Pulling up Your Own with Guillaume Lobet

To kick off Season 2, Ivan and Liz talk with Guillaume Lobet, Assistant Professor at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Université Catholique de Louvain. He was also a graduate student at UCL and took three postdoctoral positions in Germany and Belgium before returning and starting his faculty position…

Taproot Podcast S1.5 Episode Sessile: Measuring Mentoring and other Bleeps with Brian Dilkes

In this episode, we take a different approach than usual- we bring a conversation we were having offline with our friend Brian Dilkes about a paper that tries to define the key variables that predict a ‘successful’ faculty member. We talk about some really important flaws of the paper, how to define…