Sylvia Earle: an eyewitness for change in our seas

Dr. Sylvia Earle — also known as “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and the New York Times — is a marine biologist, ocean explorer, conservationist, and author. Her storied career has seen accomplishments such as leading the first all female underwater expedition called Tektite II, becoming the first woman appointed head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and earning the TED Prize in 2009. Her most recent initiative Mission Blue seeks to create Hope Spots around the world to create a global network of marine protected areas. With over 7,000 hours exploring the depths of our oceans, Dr. Earle shares her unique firsthand perspective on the need to preserve underwater habitats and the importance of storytelling in the endeavor to protect our waters.

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This episode was recorded on March 6, 2017 at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Special thanks to the Lewis Thomas Prize coordinators and to Visager for music. Photo credit goes to TEDx Woods Hole.

Kelly Fleming: and the power of 500 Women Scientists

Dr. Kelly Fleming is a chemical engineer, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, and Policy and Advocacy lead for 500 Women Scientists — a grassroots organization started by four women in science following the 2016 election. By mid-November, the group had grown to 500 who signed onto an open letter pledging to stand up for scientific integrity and for women, minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA. Today, over 17,000 women have pledged their support and Local Pods for action have sprung up in over 100 locations around the world. The Science Soapbox team sat down with Kelly to chat more about 500 Women Scientists’ mission and how, with outreach, she hopes to promote an inclusive and diverse scientific community to solve global challenges.

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This episode was recorded on February 18, 2017 at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Special thanks to Visager for music. Photo credit goes to Amanda Kowalski for ClimateTruth.org.

Siddhartha Roy: a public-focused scientist on Flint’s water crisis

Siddhartha Roy is a Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech working with Dr. Marc Edwards. His research centers on studying failure mechanisms in potable water infrastructure, specifically erosion corrosion in copper-based premise plumbing and, more recently, the citywide lead contamination in the Flint Water Crisis. Sid serves as the Communications Director and Student Leader of the Flint Water Study and has become an advocate for reforming the academic system. In this interview, Sid shares his experiences working with the Flint community and his insights into how Academia can better serve the public good.

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This episode was recorded on February 17, 2017 at the AAAS Annual Meeting. Special thanks to Visager for music. Photo credit goes to Virginia Tech.