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Welcome to insight! PhySoc's new podcast about the lives of academics!
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insight offers a look into the people behind our education, the stories that led to a lecturer writing physics equations on the whiteboard at the front of the your lecture theatre. Is there more to the lives of academics than just academia? When not deciphering the Universe, what drives them? Join us as we interview the academics making St Andrews.

FEATURED EPISODE

Winter Special 2017

04 Dec 2017

To bring to the end of a year of fantastic interviews we thought we’d present a special gift to you for the holiday season. We’re welcoming staff from the School of Physics and Astronomy to bring us some of their favourite seasonal stories and songs. Happy holidays from the St Andrews Physics Society, and enjoy listening.

LATEST EPISODES

EPISODE 14 | ACADEMICS

Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff

15 Nov 2017

This time on insight Sam interviews Dr Verena Dietrich-Bischoff, a lecturer in the School of Biology. We discuss the challenges of fieldwork with animals, how she remembers her students and her surprising taste in music.

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EPISODE 13 | ACADEMICS

Dr Janet Lovett

15 Oct 2017

This interview features Dr Janet Lovett, an Advanced Research Fellow in physics here at St Andrews who works with spectroscopy techniques across a variety of fields. Our conversation delves into her experiences of interdisciplinary science, how she ended up researching with her own blood and the shortlist of her favourite museums.

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EPISODE 12 | ACADEMICS

Dr Pawel Romanczuk

27 Sep 2017

This episode of insight has a twist, our editor, Conor MacBride, and I have switched roles as he interviews Dr Pawel Romanczuk. Dr Romanczuk straddles the line between biology and physics as head of the Collective Information Processing group at the Humboldt University of Berlin’s Institute for Theoretical Biology. We discuss his multicultural life in education and academia, the Berlin Wall and the plethora of hobbies he keeps up with.

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EPISODE 11 | ACADEMICS

Dr Dav Macfarlane

15 Aug 2017

Dr Macfarlane, a St Andrews physicist in our millimetre wave research group, talks to us about the perks of academia, what people appreciate in science communication and outreach, and what’s the best way to spend a free morning.

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EPISODE 10 | ACADEMICS

Dr Vivienne Wild

15 Jul 2017

Dr Wild, chair of the Equality and Diversity Committee within the school, talks to us about our new Juno Champion status and why it is important to strive for equality within science and beyond. Dr Wild also discusses what she likes about her research and the extreme sports she has participated in during her free time while researching galaxy evolution around the world.

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EPISODE 9 | ACADEMICS

Dr Jack Ireland - Part 2

27 Jun 2017

In part 2 Dr Ireland contemplates travelling to Mars, talks about what it is that NASA researchers find cool, how students can get jobs at places like NASA and settles some important questions concerning the differences between Scotland and America. Dr Ireland is a heliophysics researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a former postdoctoral researcher within the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

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