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LSS89: #ShutDownStem and How Birds, Plants and Insects Protect Themselves From Raindrops

Graduate Student Jeff Pea (photo courtesy of Jeff Pea)

This month has been marked by protests and rallies across the country.  Americans are calling for racial justice, and scientists and scholars in academia are talking about how to dismantle systemic racism in their fields of study.

A multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics has started a movement called #ShutDownSTEM.

To learn more about this movement, Candice Limper spoke with Graduate Student Jeff Pea.  We’ll hear their conversation at the beginning of the show.

Butterfly being struck by raindrop (video courtesy of Dr. Sunny Jung)

In the second part of today’s show, Dr. Scarlett Lee speaks with Dr. Sunghwan “Sunny” Jung. His laboratory studies how insects, birds and plants survive pounding forces experienced during hard rains. Dr. Jung is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering in the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His journal article can be found at: https://www.pnas.org/content/117/25/13901

We close out the show with the science news.

Show Host: Marty Alani

Show Producer: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Jeff Pea: Candice Limper

Interview of Dr. Sunghwan “Sunny” Jung: Scarlett Lee

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