Ada Lovelace Day Podcast

Synopsis

Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology engineering and maths which aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and create new role models for both girls and women studying or working in STEM.

Episodes

  • Ep 20: Image processing, treating cataracts with lasers, and Caroline Herschel

    Ep 20: Image processing, treating cataracts with lasers, and Caroline Herschel

    07/06/2018 Duration: 53min

    This month, we talk to mathematician Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb about how she uses maths in image processing. And amateur astronomer Hilary Harper-Abernethy talks about the life and works of astronomer Caroline Herschel. Our invention of the month is the Laserphaco Probe, a device that uses lasers to remove cataracts, by Dr Patricia Bath. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. This will be our last episode for a while, as we focus on other projects. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 19: Entertaining engineering, home security and epigenetics

    Ep 19: Entertaining engineering, home security and epigenetics

    27/11/2017 Duration: 53min

    This month, we talk to Dawn Childs about her work as the Group Engineering Director for Merlin Entertainments. And science writer and broadcaster, Dr Kat Arney talks about cell biologist Dame Amanda Fisher and her pioneering work on HIV, immunology and epigenetics. Melanie Phillips also takes a look at the development of the first home security system using CCTV by Marie von Brittan Brown in the 1960s. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 18: Ada Lovelace Day Live!

    Ep 18: Ada Lovelace Day Live!

    27/10/2017 Duration: 38min

    This month, we’re coming to you straight from our annual STEM cabaret, Ada Lovelace Day Live! Chemical engineer Yasmin Ali and Natural History Museum curator Miranda Lowe both talk about their careers. Some of our audience members tell us about the women in STEM that they admire. Geek songstress Helen Arney performs The Element Song, with a little help from the ALD Live crowd. And Dr Brenna Hassett explains how we can read the stories our skeletons have to tell us about about our past. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 17: Medical inventions, satellite propulsion, and imposter syndrome

    Ep 17: Medical inventions, satellite propulsion, and imposter syndrome

    25/09/2017 Duration: 54min

    This month, we talk to Dr Maryanne Mariyaselvam about how simple medical inventions can save lives, and how they get from lab to hospital. And Dr Dean Burnett discusses why role models are important, plus what imposters syndrome is and how to combat it. Our Discovery of Month is the invention of the hydrazine resistojet, aka the electrothermal hydrazine thruster, by propulsion engineering Yvonne Brill. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Tickets to our annual science cabaret, Ada Lovelace Day Live!, on 10 October in London are on sale now, £20 for general entry and £5 for concessions! You can find out more about our fabulous speakers and book your tickets on our website, at findingada.com. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 16: Fire engineering, Liquid Paper, and understanding memory and cognition

    Ep 16: Fire engineering, Liquid Paper, and understanding memory and cognition

    29/08/2017 Duration: 44min

    This month, Kristen Salzer-Frost introduces us to the relatively new discipline of fire engineering. And Nicole George and Cordon Purcell talk about why neuropsychologist Dr Brenda Milner’s work on memory and cognition has been so influential. Our Discovery of the Month is the intriguing story of Liquid Paper, invented by Bette Nesmith Graham in 1951. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Tickets to our annual science cabaret, Ada Lovelace Day Live!, on 10 October in London are on sale now at the Early Bird price of just £10! You can find out more about our fabulous speakers and book your tickets on our website, at findingada.com. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 15: Ep 15: Life as a tech reporter, automotive safety features and WWII metallurgy

    Ep 15: Ep 15: Life as a tech reporter, automotive safety features and WWII metallurgy

    28/07/2017 Duration: 52min

    This month, we’re talking about life as a tech reporter for the BBC with Zoe Kleinmann, and Dr Paul Coxon from the University of Cambridge tells us about the fascinating work of metallurgist Constance Tipper. We also take a look some of the inventions that have made our motoring lives safer and more comfortable, including the windscreen wiper, turn and brake signals, and the car heater. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 14: Sensing chemicals, uncovering discoveries, and wiring Devon for light and power

    Ep 14: Sensing chemicals, uncovering discoveries, and wiring Devon for light and power

    28/06/2017 Duration: 40min

    This month, Dr Raychelle Burks tells us about the challenges of making field-ready and affordable chemical sensors and how tricky it is to accurately analyse the colours in photographs, and we explore the story of pioneering electrical engineer Margaret Partridge with the Head of the IET Library and Archives, Anne Locker. We’ll also take a look at some of the challenges involved in telling the stories of inventions and discoveries made by women. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 13: Flexible solar cells, frequency hopping  the inspirational role of science fiction

    Ep 13: Flexible solar cells, frequency hopping & the inspirational role of science fiction

    24/05/2017 Duration: 56min

    This month, Dr Jess Wade explains plastic electronics and how they are revolutionising solar power generation, amongst other things. And author Robin Sloan talks about the work of Ann Leckie, her award winning book, Ancillary Justice, and how fiction inspires science. Our invention this month is called frequency hopping, and it’s the technology that underpins much of our wireless communications technologies including wifi, Bluetooth and your mobile phone. But how did it get invented, and by whom? The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 12: What our voices say about us, an explosive spot test, and the rewards of persistence

    Ep 12: What our voices say about us, an explosive spot test, and the rewards of persistence

    27/04/2017 Duration: 47min

    This month, neuroscientist Professor Sophie Scott explains how our voices tell others more about us than we might realise! And science writer Simon Singh tells us the story of two incredible women, French mathematician Sophie Germain and American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt. Our Discovery of the Month is one that you might have come across at airport security if you fly a lot - the spot test for the explosive TATB, invented and patented by chemist Dr Betty Harris. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 11: Nanotech, the coffee filter, and how computers search

    Ep 11: Nanotech, the coffee filter, and how computers search

    22/03/2017 Duration: 46min

    This month, nanochemist Dr Suze Kundu explains how she’s using nanostructures to extract energy from sunlight. And Dr Sue Black OBE, the founder and CEO of #techmums, talks about the work of computer scientist, Karen Spärck Jones, whose work still underpins many search algorithms. Our invention this month is at once both mundane and essential — it’s the coffee filter! And we’ve got a signed copy of Dr Helen Czerski’s Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life, to give away. Listen, or visit our episode blog post to find out how you can win! The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 10: Elen Gwynne  Prof Jim Al-Khalili OBE

    Ep 10: Elen Gwynne & Prof Jim Al-Khalili OBE

    27/02/2017 Duration: 48min

    This month, we talk to software developer Elen Gwynne about how she made the transition from astrophysics to programming. And we’ve got theoretical physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili who tells us about Daphne Jackson, the first woman to become a professor of physics in the UK. Our Discovery of the Month is, this time, more of an invention! We’ll be taking a look at the history of the compiler, an essential piece of software that makes programming in human-readable languages possible. The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 9: Prof Elaine Chew  Dr Helen Scales

    Ep 9: Prof Elaine Chew & Dr Helen Scales

    30/01/2017 Duration: 50min

    This month, we talk to Prof Elaine Chew about how she uses computer software to mathematically model music, and Dr Helen Scales tells us about the life and work of Dr Eugenie Clark, The Shark Lady. We introduce a new section to the podcast, Discovery of the Month, and take a look at the history of Kevlar. And we have our first giveaway, a signed copy of Helen’s book, Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells. Listen to find out how to enter! The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 8: Dr Rae Robertson-Anderson  Dr Thorunn Helgason

    Ep 8: Dr Rae Robertson-Anderson & Dr Thorunn Helgason

    21/12/2016 Duration: 40min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. This month, we’re talking to Dr Rae Robertson-Anderson about biological soft matter and biomaterials, and to ecologist Dr Thorunn Helgason about Barbara Mosse and how women’s contributions to STEM are overlooked. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 7: Dr Julia Shaw  Dr Brenna Hassett

    Ep 7: Dr Julia Shaw & Dr Brenna Hassett

    28/11/2016 Duration: 46min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. This month, psychological scientist Dr Julia Shaw explains why we shouldn’t trust our own memories, and how knowing that can help us develop a better relationship with our past. And bio-archeologist Dr Brenna Hasset explores the lives and works of three pioneering archaeologists who have been instrumental in developing our understanding of prehistoric Turkey, Halet Çambel, Ufuk Esin, and Mihriban Özbaşaran. Find out more about our podcast on our website, findingada.com/podcast/.

  • Ep 6: Prof Haley Gomez  Dr Karen Masters

    Ep 6: Prof Haley Gomez & Dr Karen Masters

    31/10/2016 Duration: 46min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. This month, we’re celebrating Ada Lovelace Day with an astronomy special, in honour of our Ada Lovelace Day Live Platinum Sponsor, The Royal Astronomical Society. We talk to Professor Haley Gomez about how cosmic dust is formed, how it affects our view of the universe, and its role in the formation of planets. We also hear from astronomer and astrophysicist Dr Karen Masters mathematician Mary Somerville.

  • Ep 5: Roma Agrawal  Dr Peter Etchells

    Ep 5: Roma Agrawal & Dr Peter Etchells

    25/09/2016 Duration: 50min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. In this episode, we talk to structural engineer Roma Agrawal about her work on the iconic Shard skyscraper in London, and the challenges of retrofitting Victorian buildings. We also hear from biological psychologist Dr Pete Etchells about the work of Dr Suzanne Gage, who investigates the relationships between recreational drug use and mental health.

  • Ep 4: Abbie Hutty  Anne-Marie Imafidon

    Ep 4: Abbie Hutty & Anne-Marie Imafidon

    25/08/2016 Duration: 42min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. This month, we go into space with senior spacecraft structures engineer Abbie Hutty, who talks about her work on the ExoMars Rover. We’ll also be chatting with Anne Marie Imafidon, CEO and founder of the STEMettes, who will tell us all about her role model, Dame Stephanie Shirley.

  • Ep 3: Hazel Gibson  Erik Klemetti

    Ep 3: Hazel Gibson & Erik Klemetti

    27/07/2016 Duration: 40min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men, about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. In our third episode, Suw Charman-Anderson talks to Hazel Gibson about geoscience cognition and communication — how the metaphors we use for geological concepts, like underground rivers, affect how well we understand geological processes. And Dr Erik Klemetti, volcanologist and author of the Wired Eruptions blog, tells us about the work of vulcanologist Professor Anita Grunder.

  • Podcast Episode 2: Fran Scott  Maia Weinstock

    Podcast Episode 2: Fran Scott & Maia Weinstock

    23/06/2016 Duration: 36min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men, about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. In our second episode, Suw Charman-Anderson talks to science communicator Fran Scott about her work designing science demos for television and schools, and how to get into a TV presenting career. And we also hear from Maia Weinstock, deputy editor at MIT news, who discusses the queen of nuclear research, Chien-Shiung Wu, her crucial role in disproving the Conservation of Parity and her vital contribution to the Manhattan Project.

  • Podcast Episode 1: Dr Helen Czerski  Clive Thompson

    Podcast Episode 1: Dr Helen Czerski & Clive Thompson

    31/05/2016 Duration: 40min

    The Ada Lovelace Day podcast highlights the work of women in STEM. We talk to women from around the STEM world about their careers, as well as talking to women and men, about historic and modern women’s achievements, discoveries, and inventions. In this, our first episode, host Suw Charman-Anderson talks to Dr Helen Czerski from University College London about her work as a bubble physicist, and about life on board a research ship. And we hear from technology journalist Clive Thompson about Canadian metallurgist and research physicist Ursula Franklin, who’s perhaps most famous for her social and political critique of modern technology.

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