Julie has worked as a fine art photographer, a painter, a tech manager, a freelance writer and more. Now, she hosts and produces Planet B612, and a Twitch livestream (atinyworld). Her curiosity is insatiable, and she spends most of her time exploring the microscopic world, talking with experts and asking questions about how the world works.
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Marjan Eggermont, an expert in bio-inspired design. We talk about design and sustainability, new innovations in design, why companies should hire scientists, and Marjan’s own work as an artist. Intro (0:00:42) Marjan has a degree in military history (0:01:25) How Marjan also ended up with a BFA and an MFA (0:03:08) Marjan followed her curiosity and then got a PhD (0:04:25) Interdisciplinary approach to the arts (0:07:54) Why is bio-inspired design part of engineering? (0:08:37) Is biomimicry the same thing as bio-design? (0:10:22) Have plastics become more sustainable because of biodesign? (0:12:31) Studying animals in biomimicry (0:13:34) Snakes in biodesign (0:16:48) Life in urban centres (0:18:06) Teaching biodesign (0:19:13) Interest in microorganisms and Tardigrades (0:20:33) Bio-inspired design inspired by the micro-world (0:24:15) Reverse-engineering in order to create (0:27:13) Companies are hiring biologists for design (0:29:20) How can scientists get jobs in this field? (0:30:50) Have animals mimicked humans? (0:32:22) Zygote Quarterly: a biodesign journal (0:34:32) How does Zygote find people to feature in their journal? (0:36:56) Marjan’s art (0:39:05) Moving to Canada (0:40:57) Perceptions of being an artist who’s also a professor (0:42:00) Pausing as an artist (0:44:25) What inspires new work? (0:45:50) Teaching as a passion (0:46:55) Teaching online during the pandemic (0:47:18) Using art in bio-inspired design classes (0:48:39) Twenty years of teaching (0:50:06) Living in Calgary (0:50:43) Impressions of living in Canada (0:51:30) First thing Marjan will do when the pandemic is over (0:55:50) Zygote Quarterly: https://zqjournal.org/ U of Calgary bio: https://schulich.ucalgary.ca/contacts/marjan-eggermont Marjan’s artwork: https://www.herringerkissgallery.com/marjan-eggermont Little Ray’s Reptiles: https://littlerays.org/ Visit Planet B612 on the web: http://planetb612.fm/ Follow Planet B612 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlanetB612fm Support Planet B612 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/juliesworld
In this episode, I speak with Peter Keep, more well-known as “Prof Peter” on Twitch. Peter teaches math in Chicago to college students, but what makes him unique is that he also teaches math online, through Twitch. I speak with him about teaching math, what motivates students, and why he loves teaching math. Join Julie’s World for additional content! Go to https://www.patreon.com/juliesworld Prof Peter discovered Twitch (0:00:32) The PigeonHole Principle (0:01:02) Using visuals when teaching math (0:02:12) Why did Prof Peter get interested in math? (0:03:22) What makes for a good high school math teacher? (0:05:10) What role does curiosity play in mathematics? (0:07:00) What is Calculus? (0:10:20) What is ‘infinity’? (0:11:37) The foundation of statistics. (0:13:15) What does Prof Peter teach? (0:14:30) How to motivate students? (0:15:25) How to deal with students who are gifted? (0:17:03) How does online teaching work? (0:19:42) Are the kids gonna be ok? (0:21:44) Dyscalculia and other challenges (0:22:53) Calculus reform and other changes in teaching (0:25:15) Why did Prof Peter decide to teach? (0:27:45) Teaching math on Twitch (0:30:15) Imposter syndrome in academia (0:35:20) Teaching the history of mathematics (0:37:06) The story of mathematician that died in a duel (0:39:02) Writing a book (0:41:30) Recommendations for “pop math” books (0:42:43) Learning math as an adult (0:44:34) What does a math prof do for fun? (0:48:30) Future-proofing your career (0:51:50) Movies and stories about math (0:53:15) Prof Peter on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/professorpeter Prof Peter on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MathProfPeter Visit Planet B612 on the web: http://planetb612.fm/ Follow Planet B612 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlanetB612fm Support Planet B612 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/juliesworld
In this episode, I speak with singer, musician and artist, Julie McInnes. Born in Australia, Julie has always been a musical artist. From Circus OZ to Cirque du Soleil, and now, as an independent artist, Julie has a lot of info and wisdom to share about the art and craft of bringing music to life. Join Julie’s World for additional content! Go to https://www.patreon.com/juliesworld The experience of playing a cello (0:01:02) Cello demo (0:03:00) Julie’s early experiences with music in Australia (0:04:22) The support of family to pursue the arts (0:08:50) Being inspired by Canadian music (0:10:42) Julie’s transition from Circus OZ to Cirque du Soleil (0:15:20) Voice demo (0:21:17) How Julie uses her voice as an instrument. (0:22:55) The pressure of being like everyone else (0:26:57) Julie has always worked in collectives (0:31:53) Creativity blossoms under pressure (0:33:42) The joy of collaborations (0:35:04) Julie’s relationship with her wife who is also an artist (0:36:39) Working with various groups over time (0:40:45) Julie’s interests today, including visual art (0:44:53) Being a multidisciplinary artist (0:48:29) Living with imposter syndrome (0:52:50) Does Julie’s cello have a name? (1:00:07) Julie McInnes on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/julamac Visit Planet B612 on the web: http://planetb612.fm/ Follow Planet B612 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlanetB612fm Support Planet B612 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/juliesworld
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Stephen Thackeray, a Freshwater Ecologist in the UK. We learn a lot about plankton, invasive species, we talk climate change and warming. And then, we learn that Steve has an artistic side, too! Join Julie’s World for additional content! Go to https://www.patreon.com/juliesworld Many ecologists don’t use their “Dr” title. (0:00:24) Dr. Thackeray’s work as a freshwater ecologist (0:01:28) The kinds of tools to use to observe life in lakes (0:03:41) What are Plankton? (0:08:00) What are bacterial plankton? (0:09:35) The role of plankton. (0:10:49) What causes algal blooms? (0:12:44) Nutrients for growth of organisms (0:15:18) Can you grow algae at home? (0:16:03) Invasive species in lakes (0:16:40) Light penetration in lakes (0:22:56) Diseases in lakes (0:25:12) Steve’s favourite creature (0:26:07) How Steve got interested in wildlife (0:28:06) Communicating science to the public (0:29:33) Tardigrades in lakes? (0:34:26) Steve’s research and what it tells us about climate change.(0:35:42) What causes warming? (0:39:23) How to deal with the denial of science? (0:40:17) What does Dr Thackeray do for fun? (0:41:43) Decisions to make after a PhD. (0:46:46) Looking forward to life after the pandemic. (0:50:53) Follow Dr Thackeray on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveThackeray Visit Planet B612 on the web: http://planetb612.fm/ Follow Planet B612 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlanetB612fm Support Planet B612 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/juliesworld
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Birthdate
Feb 1st, 1977
Location
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Episode Count
15
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
14 hours, 30 minutes
PCID
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