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Jun 11, 2021

Dr. Stefanie Robel is a primary investigator at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech who focuses on these little star-shaped cells within our brains called astrocytes. These cells are important for brain health and function, but that can all change during traumatic brain injury, as her group...


May 22, 2021

Big Lick of Science sits down with new Principal Investigator, Dr. Scott Johnstone to discuss his research into cellular communication via pannexins and connexions and his unique experience working in academia in both the United States and the United Kingdom, along with opening a new lab during the pandemic.


Dec 2, 2020

"If all of your friends were to jump off of a bridge, would you do it?" Peer pressure can be a powerful social influence, but can this phenomenon be used to help people to better decision-making?

Rachana discusses all of this and more with Mark Orloff, PhD candidate at Virginia Tech!


Sep 25, 2020

Today on Big Lick of Science, we do something a little different and discuss the history of one of the most famous Black scientists, George Washington Carver, who created 105 recipes for the use of peanuts and was an advocate for environmentalism.

Additionally, Paras gets to enjoy one of his passions, linguistics, by...


Aug 7, 2020

Rachana virtually sits down with Dr. X.J. Meng, vaccine expert, and professor at Virginia Tech to discuss the ins and outs of vaccine creation. They get into the specifics of the making of the COVID-19 vaccines and answer our listeners' questions.