We continue our discussion on the Mental Health Care Act with Dr. Soumitra Pathare. Interview by: Navneet A Vasistha Podcast edited by: Shruti Muralidhar Links: APA resolution against homosexuality as a mental disorder Depathologizing homosexuality Drescher et al., 2015 WHO statistics about Psychiatrists and Nurses per 100,000 across the world (2014) Low number of psychiatrists in India … Continue reading Science and Society with Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Part 2)
Mental illnesses are conditions that affect our thinking, perception or emotional response to events. They do not manifest similarly in all individuals and can develop as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia among others. While the precise biology of these disorders is unknown, scientists believe that genetics, environmental causes and psychosocial stress have a role … Continue reading Science and Society with Dr. Soumitra Pathare (Part 1)
This is our first podcast in Tamizh - the first in a new series titled ‘அறிவியல் கடல்’ which means ‘Sea of Science’. The title of this podcast is ‘உதாரண உயிரினங்கள்’ which is Tamil for model organisms. We will be focussing on the use of these organisms in biological research. Following is an English transcript. Abhishek: … Continue reading அறிவியல் கடல் – உதாரண உயிரினங்கள்
How fast can you say the name of our summary episode without stopping? Feel like trying? This is what its called - A Seasonful of Soupçons! Listen to our banter and discussions on what we learnt from our first clutch of episodes! Links: Intro and Outro music are samples from "Que Paciencia" by Los Sundayers … Continue reading A Seasonful of Soupçons
Dr. Laungani is the first ever Associate Professor to be featured in our series! Listed as we chat about Plant Ecology, Biochar and his work at Doane University in Nebraska. Links: Dr. Ramesh Laungani at Doane University The Laungani Lab Biochar The 100Women STEM project
by Amrita Anand Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies are celebrated masterpieces of Western classical music. But, did you know that he composed several of them while suffering from severe hearing impairment? Beethoven’s sad predicament is by no means an isolated case: many acclaimed modern day musicians, including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, suffer from hearing loss. … Continue reading Music in the time of hearing loss
Manan Gupta talks to us about how reading Richard Dawkins helped him change his interests, about how subject boundaries are artificially created and his work on Evolution and Niche construction. Tune in!
Praying Mantis (Photograph by Patrick Kavanagh) Who are you and what do you do? I am Vivek Nityananda, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University where I am affiliated with the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. The main focus of my research is on how animals use their senses and cognition and how that links … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Vivek Nityananda on stereo vision in Praying Mantis
Despite the multitude of languages that exist in India, communication of science is often limited to only a few and often centred around major cities. This obviously leads to the problem of scientific knowledge and ideas not reaching those who would benefit from it the most. But all is not doom and gloom. Armed with … Continue reading Vigyaan-Vichaar – Janasuddi with Dr. Kollegala Sharma
Can you feel somebody else's emotions? Pain, frustration, relief and even happiness? Humans might be one of the very few species that can do this with remarkable fidelity! Reema Jayakar explains how understand this Universality of Human emotions was a turning point for her as a neuropsychologist.