So Long 2020, We Won't Miss You #580
January 07, 2021
2020 is over, and honestly? Good riddance. But before we go, let's take a look back. Because 2020 was tough, but it was also a year that science played a bigger role in people's lives than ever before. Hosts Bethany Brookshire and Rachelle Saunders talk with Tina Saey, Deja Perkins, and Carolyn Gramling about three big science stories that definitely made an impact on 2020.
- The science stories that defined 2020: coronavirus, diveristy movements and more
- As 202 comes to an end, here's what we still don't know about COVID-19
- This COVID-19 pandemic timeline shows how fast the coronavirus took over our lives
- What will life be like after the coronavirus pandemic ends?
- Health care workers and long-term care residents should get COVID-19 vaccines first
- Meet 5 Black researchers fighting for diversity and equity in science
- A #BlackBirdersWeek cofounder aims to amplify black nature enthusiasts
- Daily global CO2 emissions dropped dramatically as COVID-19 kept people at home
- COVID-19 lockdowns dramatically reduced seismic noise from humans
- What's behind August 2020's extreme weather? Climate change and bad luck
- Climate change made Siberia's heat wave at least 600 times more likely
- 4 ways to put the 100-degree Arctic heat record in context
- Wildfires, heat waves and hurricanes broke all kinds of records in 2020
- By 2100, Greenland will be losing ice at its fastest rate in 12,000 years
- Global warming may lead to practically irreversible Antarctic melting
- New maps show how warm water may reach Thwaites Glacier's icy underbelly
- Tina Saey
- Deja Perkins
- Carolyn Gramling
Molecular biology writer Tina Hesman Saey is a geneticist-turned-science writer who covers all things microscopic and a few too big to be viewed under a microscope. She is an honors graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she did research on tobacco plants and ethanol-producing bacteria. She spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, studying microbiology and traveling. Her work on how yeast turn on and off one gene earned her a Ph.D. in molecular genetics at Washington University in St. Louis. Tina then rounded out her degree collection with a master’s in science journalism from Boston University. She interned at the Dallas Morning News and Science News before returning to St. Louis to cover biotechnology, genetics and medical science for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. After a seven year stint as a newspaper reporter, she returned to Science News. Her work has been honored by the Endocrine Society and the Genetics Society of America.
Deja Perkins is a Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology graduate student in Dr. Madhu Katti's Reconciliation Ecology Lab. She is studying the overlap between bird diversity and distribution in urban areas with human socio-economic and cultural distribution. She is also interested in understanding the value of nature in minority communities to increase minority participation in natural resource careers and activities.
Carolyn Gramling is the Earth & Climate writer at Science News. Previously she worked at Science magazine for six years, both as a reporter covering paleontology and polar science and as the editor of the news in brief section. Before that she was a reporter and editor at EARTH magazine. She has bachelor’s degrees in Geology and European History and a Ph.D. in marine geochemistry from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
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