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Nanoscale movements of cellulose microfibrils in primary cell walls ($)

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Cell walls are complex mixtures of cellulose microfibrils, proteins and other materials. Their mechanical properties can be measured and modeled, but it is not always simple to translate these measurements to changes at the molecular level. Zhang et al. used atomic force microscopy to provide an unprecedented…

Taproot S3E6: Opening Channels of Communication Between Cells and Scientists

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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

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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

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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…

Taproot S3E3: Answering Complex Questions with a Complex Community

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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

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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

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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!

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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…