Coping with Climate Anxiety - with Dr Alexandra Knight
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by ACEMS
2w ago
Have you heard of, or are you experiencing, eco-grief or climate anxiety? For many STEM researchers, including those in the mathematical and data sciences, this is becoming a very real thing as they explore and tackle problems and questions about the environment and climate. But just how serious of a problem is this for the STEM community? A group of women, who met as part of their involvement with the Homeward Bound project, have decided to team up and find out. They just completed of survey of researchers to find out how climate change is affecting the people who study it. In ..read more
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Scientific Graphic Design for Communicating Research - with Dr Jess Jopf
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by ACEMS
1M ago
People love stories. That simple fact all too often gets lost by scientists when it comes to communicating research. In this episode, we chat to someone who helps researchers tell their stories. Not with words. But visually, using graphic design. Dr Jess Hopf decided to combine her two passions, science and graphic design, into a business where she helps researchers communicate their work by incorporating visual components. Our host is Cynthia Huang, a PhD Candidate at Monash University in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.  Episode website:  https://www.therando ..read more
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The Mathematics of Bushfires - with Professor Jason Sharples
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by ACEMS
1M ago
It’s only been a few short years since we witnessed the power of bushfires here in Australia. The summer of 2019 and 2020 brought us Australia’s most catastrophic bushfire season ever. The 2019-20 bushfires destroyed more than 3,000 homes, killed more than 30 people, and torched tens of millions of hectares of land and forest. With the effects of climate change, it’s more important than ever that we understand how bushfires move and grow. Our guest for this episode is Jason Sharples, a Professor of Bushfire Dynamics at UNSW Canberra – and Director of the UNSW Bushfire Research Group. In this e ..read more
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Understanding Maths Struggles - with Dr Jacob Paul
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by ACEMS
2M ago
Why do some people struggle with maths? In this episode, we chat with Dr Jacob Paul from The University of Melbourne’s School of Psychological Sciences, where he leads the Maths at Human Scale Lab. The focus of his research is to understand maths learning disorders, including something called dyscalculia. Jacob tells us what it means for children and adults with dyscalculia and what that looks like in their lives. Plus, what he’s doing to raise awareness and improve support for people who struggle with it. Our host is Cynthia Huang, a PhD Candidate at Monash University in the De ..read more
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Building Blocks of the Universe - with Professor Alessandro Sfondrini
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by ACEMS
2M ago
This episode of The Random Sample gives you a glimpse into some of the mathematics and physics that is used to understand the building blocks of the universe. A research program at the MATRIX mathematical research institute earlier this year explored the deep connections between mathematics, quantum field theory, and string theory. One of the organisers of that research program was Professor Alessandro Sfondrini from the University of Padua in Italy. In this episode, he gives us a taste of the theoretical and highly advanced mathematics work that he does. Plus, he tells us what he does to comm ..read more
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Using maths to explore the music of Taylor Swift - with Dr Nathan Garland
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by ACEMS
3M ago
We admit it - even The Random Sample can't resist the hype around the world's biggest music star - Taylor Swift. Almost on a dare from his wife - and to make a point with his students - Griffith University's Dr Nathan Garland decided to open up his mathematical toolkit and explore the music of Taylor Swift. In this episode, Nathan tells us what he used from his mathematical toolkit and what he uncovered about Taylor Swift's music. Our host for this episode is Rose Crocker, an applied mathematician with the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Episode page: https://www.therandomsample.com.au ..read more
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Why Host a Podcast?!
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by ACEMS
8M ago
In this episode, The Random Sample switches things up a bit. The people who usually ask the questions on this podcast, our hosts, are actually our guests.We explore why these researchers wanted to also become podcasters and what they’ve learnt along the way by hosting this podcast. Our hosts turned guests for this episode are: Rose Crocker is an applied mathematician with the Australian Institute of Marine Science; Cynthia Huang is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University; Dr James Nichols is a mathematician and lecturer at the Australian N ..read more
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Emerging Leaders in Statistics
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by ACEMS
9M ago
This episode of The Random Sample introduces you to three brilliant statisticians! The three have been selected to present the inaugural Horizon Lectures at the upcoming Australian Statistical Conference next month. The Statistical Society of Australia established the Horizon Lecture awards for this year’s conference to recognise emerging leaders in Australia’s statistics community, and their contributions to advancing statistical practice. The three awardees are Dr Marijke Welvaert with the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, Assoc. Professor Andrew Zammit Mangion from the University of Wollongon ..read more
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Superstars of STEM
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by ACEMS
9M ago
There is still a lot of work to do before Australian girls and women have an equal opportunity to learn, work and engage in STEM. So says the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources. The Department’s 2023 STEM Equity Monitor shows that: Women make up 37% of enrolments in university STEM courses. Only 15% of STEM-qualified jobs are held by women. Only 23% of senior management and 8% of CEOs in STEM-qualified industries are women. To tackle the serious issue of gender equity in STEM, Science and Technology Australia (STA) created the Superstars of STEM program in ..read more
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What you need to know about Referendum Polling with Professor Simon Jackman
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by ACEMS
10M ago
On Saturday, October 14th, Australians head to the polls to decide the Voice to Parliament Referendum. In this episode, we’re not looking at the referendum, but rather the polling around it. Plus, what makes referendum polling different to polling in a regular election. Our guest is Professor Simon Jackman from the University of Sydney. Professor Jackman has three decades of experience researching, teaching, and communicating about political science and data science in the United States and Australia. Until last year, Simon led the United States Studies Centre at the University ..read more
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