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TapRoot S3E3: Answering Complex Questions with a Complex Community

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Needhi Bhalla to bust the myth that science is set up to be a meritocracy. We discuss one of her recent manuscripts, and how scientists can embrace complexity and diversity as we ask questions and mentor early career researchers. Dr. Needhi Bhalla is currently an…

TapRoot S3E2: The World According to Dan: truth, Stats, and SNPs

This season of the TapRoot is all about busting myths. In this episode, we talk with Dan Kliebenstein and bust the myth that if p < 0.5 your conclusion is correct. Dan Kliebenstein is a full professor at the University of California Davis, as well as a visiting professor at the University of…

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…

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…

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…