The AlmaMAC 169: The Return of Sawayra Owais! (pt 1)

LISTEN Hi hello, and welcome to the show. Today is a particularly special episode of the AlmaMAC. Actually, it’s probably the most Meta episode of the almaMAC that we’ve ever had. Today I’m joined by the inventor of the AlmaMAC, the once and future host of the AlmaMAC, Sawayra Owais! This is actually a 2-parter, since we have so much to talk about. Today we are going to talk about the show in general – how did Sawayra come up with it? What is the goal of the show? How has it evolved, etc.  As listeners may know, I inherited … Continue reading The AlmaMAC 169: The Return of Sawayra Owais! (pt 1)

Random Walk 29: Cats and Crows with Sabrina Schalz

LISTEN Have you heard about this?  The cat’s meow: Ex-Amazon engineer launches cat speech translation app Ok so first, every headline I found relating to this story made reference to the inventor as an “Ex-Amazon Engineer”… his name is Javier Sanchez. Wouldn’t it be great if scientists and researchers became household names like athletes? Places like France and Germany name streets after their scientists… Just a second, let me hop off my soapbox here. So the idea is that you have this app, and you let it listen to your cat’s meows, and it interprets the tone, pitch, etc, spitting … Continue reading Random Walk 29: Cats and Crows with Sabrina Schalz

Random Walk 27: Francesco Zangari on ComSciCon-GTA (pt 1) + Havana Syndrome?

LISTEN Hello and welcome to Random walk episode 27. This week you will be hearing from PhD Candidate and science writer Francesco Zangari. Francesco is finishing his PhD on Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto, and recently attended ComSciCon-GTA, a conference on communicating science for researchers local to the Greater Toronto Area. This is another 2-parter, and this week we will be talking a bit about Francesco’s research, competitiveness in science, lab safety with COVID, and social media for communicating science. In part two, we are going to dig more into science writing.  But before we get into that, … Continue reading Random Walk 27: Francesco Zangari on ComSciCon-GTA (pt 1) + Havana Syndrome?