We chat with special guest, Alie Caldwell, about her fascination with the brain and the cells in it that give rise to her online nickname, Alie Astrocyte. We also chat about Neuro Transmissions (the educational YouTube channel she co-created and runs with her partner, Micah Psych) and why science education & communication are so important to her and other scientists.
About Our Guest:
Alie Caldwell is a PhD candidate at UCSD, studying neuroscience, specifically a type of brain cell called an astrocyte. She goes by Alie Astrocyte on the internet, on places like Twitter and YouTube, where she and her partner Micah co-created and run an educational YouTube channel called Neuro Transmissions. Their channel covers a wide variety of topics, from basic brain questions to complex disorders and even exploring how current neuroscience research might be linked to certain sci-fi phenomena.
Links & Resources:
- Neuro Transmissions Website, YouTube, Twitter, & Patreon
- Video on Classical Conditioning (ft. Micah and two adorable cats)
- King Zora (Fish King) from the Ocarina of Time for context :)
- The Neuroscience of Autism ft. 12tone (Video) & 12tone YouTube Channel
- Neuroscience of Anxiety (Video ft. Alie) & Psychology of Anxiety (Video ft. Micah)
- The Science Behind Jedi Mind Tricks (Video), Seeing Without the Force (Video), Is Luke’s Robotic Hand Possible? (Video)
- Prominent patients in neuroscience & psychology: Patient HM, Patient Tan, …
- Ben Barres, Neurobiologist
- Aliens guy from the History Channel
- Society for Neuroscience (SfN) & Society for Neuroscience BrainFacts.Org Brain Awareness Video contest
- Crash Course & SciShow educational YouTube channels & the founders, the Vlogbrothers
- CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology
- Learn more about the brain through comics like Neurocomic & keep an eye out for First Second Comics’ upcoming science comic later in 2018
Music tracks used in this episode are attributed to Komiku ("A Good Bass for Gambling") & Kevin MacLeod, the latter of which is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/. The Synapse Science Podcast is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.