The Petri Dish Podcast

"Culturing scientific banter since 2013"
Sharing our scientific perspectives on interesting news, discoveries, issues, and policies with anyone who is passionately curious about all things science.
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Punch-drunk: Boxing, football, and why chronic brain trauma matters

In this episode, we discuss what is known about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an increasingly discussed issue due to its effects on current and former football players. We discuss who else CTE affects, what is happening in the brain of affected individuals, and how more research is needed to solve this serious problem.

She Blinded Me With Science

In our inaugural episode of 2014, we discuss how a company called GoldieBlox is helping to create the next generation of female engineers, how the three of us got bitten by the science “bug”, and what can be done to get kids more interested in STEM fields.

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Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots, Shots…Everybody!

It’s flu season…In this episode we discuss how vaccines are made and what happens after it is injected into your body.

A Fear to Remember: Light-activated Memories

Ever wished you could change a memory…in a mouse?  In this episode, we find out what a memory looks like and how it can be altered in the lab using a novel technology known as optogenetics.