Across the Bench with Elizabeth Fernandez

Across the Bench with Elizabeth Fernandez

After a long day at work, you just want to unwind with some entertainment on your commute back home. What if you could learn about some fun scientific topics, say trash-eating robots or cannibalistic galaxies, through an engaging conversation? Hold on, we are not asking you to converse with your fellow commuters (god forbid!). You could just tune in to Elizabeth's podcasts to hear her interview experts on a wide range of topics that explore the role of science in our lives.

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Across the Bench with Erica Brockmeier

You use chemicals every day like soaps, lotions, and toothpaste. Once those chemicals wash down the drain, are they safe for the next animal (like a fish) that might come into contact with them? Erica Brockmeier studies how animals respond when they are exposed to toxic chemicals. The goal of her project is to develop a system to more efficiently determine what type of chemicals that animals (including humans!) are exposed to.

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Across the Bench with Virginia Schutte

When I first heard the term “science mediator,” I envisioned some intense and serious discussion about science policy issues, not an afternoon art session and morning cup of tea. But Virginia Schutte’s role is just that: as a mediator, she works with scientists to help bring their ideas to life and also works with the public to help them engage with scientists about their work and what it means for them.

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Across the Bench with Laura Haney

Across the Bench with Laura Haney

You may imagine the depths of space as a silent scene, filled with stars but mostly inert. But in fact, there's quite a bit of action: comets, asteroids, and baby planets smash into each other, shattering into pieces, and grinding into bits of space dust and debris. Within this mess lies the potential to discover whether planets exist near stars many light years away - and that's why Laura Haney is studying debris disks.

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Across the Bench with Amanda Freise

Across the Bench with Amanda Freise

In the Wu Lab (part of the Crump Institute for Molecular Imaging at UCLA), researchers are working to find new ways to diagnose immune diseases by studying the way that disease develops in healthy tissues. The goal is to find painless, non-invasive ways to identify diseased cells in patients. I sat down with Amanda Freise, a graduate student researcher in the Wu Lab, to understand just how that works.

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