The Science Soapbox team paired up with the Rockefeller University Outreach Lab’s Lab Out Loud [LOL] afterschool program to host a LIVE show starring Dr. Mandë Holford. A longtime friend of the show, Dr. Holford is a Professor of Chemical Biology at Hunter College, with an appointment at the American Museum of Natural History. Her work centers on studying the venom of killer snails to find disease treatments. A globetrotter herself, she also is one of the co-founders of the Science Diplomacy course that launched our show. In this episode, we talk about how her research goes “from beach to bedside” and explore the power of science diplomacy in the Paris Climate Accord.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:
- Check out former US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz’s Medium piece on how science and diplomacy go together,
with a spotlight on the Paris Accord
- Dr. Holford is a former AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, which first introduced her to the world of science diplomacy. Learn more about the fellowship here.
- She also co-founded a learning games, company Killer Snails, LLC and Assassins of the Sea, their fist game was done in collaboration with colleagues at AMNH with funding from National Science Foundation. A lucky high schooler in the audience went home with a copy of this fun award-winning game!
- Dr. Holford also gave a shout-out to educational programs like Backyard Worlds, the BioBus, and our hosts at the Rockefeller Outreach Lab
- See Dr. Holford’s discuss her research at a recent AMNH SciCafe
- Read about her beach to bedside research in this review
- And her thoughts on using science in diplomacy “A tale of two States” in this Science magazine Op-Ed
- Follow Dr. Holford on Twitter @SciMaven to keep up with her adventures!
This episode was recorded on June 2, 2017 in the Rockefeller University Library. Special thanks to Visager for music.