Innovation Happens @ ASU

 

 

 

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Episode 63

How do microplastics impact the ocean, wildlife, and the wellbeing of the overall planet? Learn from PhD student Charles Rolsky, who has fused his lifelong love of the ocean with the brainpower of the biosciences to create research programs dedicated to studying and remediating microplastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Charlie also shares his experiences – the good, the bad, and the funny - in becoming a public figure, from speaking at TedTalks to starring in an ASU commercial. In addition to describing the how ASU has enabled his innovation mindset, he highlights the importance of scientists being comfortable with also being storytellers, to build the bridge between the research community and the public.

Recommended if you're interested in: microplastics, saving the oceans, scientific storytelling, faculty mentors, finding your path

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Episode 62

Evvan Morton, a PhD candidate in Sustainable Engineering, has always been interested in using science to solve problems. With encouragement from teachers and mentors, she decided to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Women of color are under-represented in STEM fields, and going into a field where not many people look like you can make for a lonely experience. During a research project in Belize, Evvan realized the power of travel and working with diverse populations of people in providing opportunities for empathy and creating a broader sense of community and belonging. In order to provide opportunities to others, she co-founded BioGals, a nonprofit organization focused on the success of women of color in STEM fields through research and study abroad opportunities. Come learn how Evvan is transforming lives not only through her research efforts, but also by creating opportunities for other women to have their own transformative experiences.

Recommended if you're interested in: women of color in STEM, STEM fields, empowerment

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Episode 61

We’re kicking off Season 3 of the podcast with a new cohost! Tune in as we learn about Sahel: her passion for diverse perspectives and storytelling, love of all things travel… and the 5 languages she speaks! We also review what innovation means to each of us, and highlight some of the amazing things we’ve learned through two full seasons of interviewing some of the innovative students we have at ASU. Whether you’re a new member of our audience or an avid listener, this episode is a great way to get (re)acquainted with the podcast and the team.

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Episode 60

In our final episode of Season 2, our guest is none other than our producer Maggie Dellow. Hear about her experience in launching the podcast, and what she has learned about innovation from our many amazing guests. Maggie and Jonah review some of the "myths" around innovation they uncovered during Seasons 1 and 2, and how the podcast guests have debunked those myths and demonstrated the grit and resiliency inherent to the innovative mindset. We also review some of our favorite moments of the podcast so far. Best wishes to Maggie in her future endeavors...and stay tuned, Season 3 is right around the corner!

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Episode 59

When Michele Clark began looking into doctoral programs, she found a National Science Foundation grant that focused not only on the ecology of an area, but the human dimension of the community members living within it, as well. She found at ASU an interdisciplinary team of demographers, soil ecologists, and governance scholars, focused on invasive species research in Nepal, which inspired her to pursue a PhD in Environmental Life Sciences.

Developing nations have fewer resources to counteract invasive species, but for whom the invasion can have devastating impacts on their quality of life. Invasive plants are non-native species that are either intentionally or unintentionally introduced to an ecology, and can cause detrimental impacts to the health of people living in the area, the economy, and the surrounding environment. Invasive species are like a plant-based horror movie: nearly indestructible aliens marching across the land, causing irreparable harm. Named by the Nepali people “tree killer”, the invasive vine, mikania micrantha, has done a shocking amount of damage to jungle in the study area. From the very beginning, the research team innovated by not chasing the most statistically significant technique, but instead searching for the ones that would be most impactful for the community. They did so by involving the Nepali people in building a toolkit to help reduce this invasion. As Michele describes it, it’s more of a “technique kit”, which allows the local community members to know what to do, and how to do it…long after the research team has left.

Listen in to hear how Michele found a shared passion for community-based innovation at ASU, and how those innovations can not only inspire and support local communities, but also how research teams can, in turn, be inspired by communities, as well.  

 

Recommended if you're interested in: Community-based research and innovation, invasive plant species, Nepal and Nepali culture, community-infused techniques and outcomes

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