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.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:
- Learn more about the Flint Water Study and read up on their amazing work on their official website
- You can check out Sid’s TEDx Talk on the Public Focused Scientist here
- Sid talked about “perverse incentives” in academia. To learn more about his thoughts and ideas for reform, check out this ScienceNews review of his recently published paper.
- To learn more about the long history of lead in US drinking water, Sid recommends this piece from the New Yorker
- The Guardian reported on 33 American cities that cheated water testing over lead concerns
- Check out this New York Times feature on the young scientist-led Flint Water Study team and this WIRED piece featuring team leader Dr. Marc Edwards
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.