Episode 19: Dancing With the Stars


Today on the show, we are talking with astronomer and biodiversity writer Dr. Daniel Hudon. Daniel got his Master’s in Astronomy at the University of British Columbia, followed by his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Toronto. He currently lectures in Astronomy and Mathematics at Boston University and Northeastern University, while also making time to write books like The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos and most recently Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals. We talked about how an astronomer turned his focus to life on earth and the biodiversity crisis, what astronomers actually do, and which extinct animal he mourns the most. We hope you like it!





Personal website: danielhudon.com

Find his books here: http://penandanvil.com/brief-eulogies/

Or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Hudon/e/B004SH8KHQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1519054421&sr=8-1



Episode 4: Zapping Addiction


On this episode, Dr. Meaghan Creed, a neuroscientist and good friend of both Leena and Shannon, joins us from Balitmore, Maryland. Meaghan got her HBSc in Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, and then got her PhD in Neuroscience also at the University of Toronto. She studies how cocaine re-wires the brain’s reward circuitry, and she developed a new treatment that can reverse how cocaine rewires the brain.  She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, in the U.S. We talked about her interest in arctic tomatoes and the Canadian seal hunt, 80 hour work weeks, and her work investigating a new hope for the treatment of drug addition.