#9 Astronomy and What It Means For Us with Farhan Hasan



Farhan Hasan is a PhD student at New Mexico State University, where his research focuses on how galaxies form and evolve, and what it means for us here on earth. We’ll be talking about his research and its implications, and ask him why you’d call him if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”

More Information on Farhan available at his website: http://astronomy.nmsu.edu/farhasan/

 


#8 Musicology from Medieval Chant to Beyonce with Sadie Menicanin



Sadie Menicanin is PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, where her research focuses on historical musicology and the intersection of music and visual culture, and how music can create metaphorical spaces in opera and other mediums.

We’ll be talking about her research and its implications, and ask her why you’d call her if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”


#7 Wearables for Rehabilitation with Caitlyn Seim



Dr. Seim is postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, where she collaborates with Allison Okamura and Maarten Lansberg. She received her PhD in Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where her dissertation focused on wearable computing and motor skill training. She has been recognized for her work by the National Science Foundation, Microsoft Research and Google. Her research interests include technology-based treatments for motor disabilities, haptic training to enhance skill acquisition, brain-computer interfaces and the next generation of human-integrated electronics.

We’ll be talking about her research and its implications, and ask her why you’d call her if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!” 


#6 Indigenous People vs Man and Environment with Rob Christensen



Rob Christensen is a PhD candidate in History at Georgetown. His research focuses on studying indigenous people in South America and understanding how the environment and man-made conflict impacted the socioeconomic order in their communities. We’ll be talking about his research and its implications, and ask him why you’d call him if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”

*Please note that Rob mentions the date of independence for Argentina as 1806, but meant to say 1808.


#5 Ice Sheet Melting and Ocean Warming with Margaret Lindeman



Margaret Lindeman is a PhD student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Her research focuses on ice sheet-ocean interactions in Greenland, and how ocean currents bring warm water close to the ice sheet, affecting how fresh water flows into the ocean and affects ocean currents. We’ll be talking about her research and its implications, and ask her why you’d call her if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”


#4 Building Intelligent Agents with Dave Abel



Dave Abel is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Brown. His research focuses on the foundations of Artificial Intelligence and its applications to scientific and societal challenges. We’ll be talking about his research and its implications, and ask him why you’d call him if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”

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#3 Data Driving Sustainability with Diego Ponce De Leon Barido



Diego Ponce De Leon Barido is a recent PhD in Energy and Resources at Berkeley. His graduate research focused on using national and global data to make predictions about electricity grid demand and its health. He also worked in the development of technology for flexible demand and behavioral energy efficiency in resource constrained environments. We’ll be talking about his research and its implications, what he’s up to now, and ask him why you’d call him if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”

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#2 Energy by Whom? with Nikky Avila



Nkiruka (Nikky) Avila is a recent PhD in Energy and Resources at Berkeley. Her graduate research focused on solar grid integration and climate policy in California, and on electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to answer the question, “Energy by Whom?”. We’ll be talking about her research and its implications, the process of getting a PhD, and ask her why you’d call her if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”

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#1 Hummingbirds and Haptics with Rivers Ingersoll



Rivers Ingersoll, PhD, is a recent PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. His thesis focused on measuring and understanding the aerodynamic forces of hovering hummingbirds and bats. The project aimed to make animal research less invasive, increase our understandings of extreme muscle functions, and improve the design of bird inspired flying robots. We’ll be talking about his thesis and its implications, the process of getting a PhD, and ask him why you’d call him if somebody said, “Somebody Call a Doctor!”

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