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Evolution is about more than survival of the fittest. It's also about the survival of the most cooperative. Join us as we explore the collaborative side of life sciences research, and work to consciously evolve science itself. This podcast is a production of Penn State University's Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Latest Episodes

Season 01, Episode 07: Cryo-Electron Microscopy and the Resolution Revolution

July 23, 2020 / Season 01 / Episode 07 / 01:00:37

On February 4, 2020, we talked to 3 Penn State researchers about stunning advancements in the field of electron microscopy. They covered a short history of electron microscopy, examples of how breakthroughs in one scientific field can enable advances in others, and details about Penn State’s best-in-class Cryo-EM facility.

Featured Guests:

Deb Kelly, Jennifer Gray, and Cameron Varano

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Season 02, Episode 03: Global Effects of Health Messaging on Perceptions, Anxieties & Behaviors

July 8, 2020 / Season 02 / Episode 03 / 00:31:52

Aiming to better understand the efficacy of public health messaging in a pandemic, a team of Penn State researchers designed and deployed an unusually open-ended survey that has been translated into 23 languages and reached more than 73 countries. This episode recorded via Zoom on May 20, 2020.

Featured Guests:

Robert Lennon, Lauren Van Scoy, Cletis Earle, and Russell Branzell

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Season 02, Episode 02: Open-Source PPE Manufacturing and Sterilization

June 24, 2020 / Season 02 / Episode 02 / 00:41:35

In this episode, recorded via Zoom on May 11, 2020, we talked to Penn State personnel about their involvement with the Manufacturing and Sterilization for COVID-19 Project, or MASC. We discussed how University staff and researchers used their resources and expertise to produce and extend the effective life of personal protection equipment needed by medical providers during the pandemic.

Featured Guests:

Moriah Szpara, Timothy Simpson, and Melissa James

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Season 02, Episode 01: Research, Policy, and Democracy in the Age of COVID-19

May 22, 2020 / Season 02 / Episode 01 / 00:48:43

For this special collaborative episode recorded via Zoom on May 6, 2020, we partnered with the Democracy Works podcast to explore the dynamic and sometimes tense relationship between peer-reviewed scientific research and public policy decision-making and discuss how these tensions have been brought to the forefront by the coronavirus pandemic.

Featured Guests:

Taylor Scott, Michael Berkman, and Jenna Spinelle

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Season 02 Intro: Inside Stories of Open-Source Science

May 15, 2020 / Season 02 / Intro / 00:08:38

In this brief “special announcement” episode, Symbiotic Podcast host Cole Hons lays out the new direction and format for Season 2, a series of COVID-19 Research Briefs that explore radically open and transparent efforts currently underway worldwide to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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