The TapRoot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications are created. In each episode, we take a paper from the plant biology literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of the authors.
A scientific publication tells a data-driven story about molecules, cells, organisms, processes or mechanisms. But behind every paper are other narratives that aren’t represented in the final manuscript. These are stories of perseverance, serendipity, humor, integrity, and resilience. They are the experiences of individuals and teams, of following your instincts or living your principles, of inspiration and discouragement. At The TapRoot, we think these are stories worth telling!
Each episode focuses on a different primary research paper. Co-hosts Ivan and Liz discuss the science with a guest, an author on the paper. Then we move quickly on to the ‘story behind the science’, a different topic . Our intended audience is young plant scientists (undergraduates through postdocs) and we hope to normalize their experiences, expose them to the real world of science, and help provide some examples of how to navigate it.
About Liz Haswell:
Dr. (Elizabeth) Liz Haswell earned her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of California, San Francisco with Erin O’Shea, working on chromatin remodeling in yeast. She then switched to plant systems for her postdoctoral work at Caltech with Elliot Meyerowitz. There she fell in love with plants and with mechanobiology and began studying mechanosensitive ion channels in plants. She joined the faculty of the Biology department at WUSTL in 2007. Her group’s work has been published in Science, PNAS, Development, and Current Biology, and is funded by NSF, NIH, NASA, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She is a member of the inaugural class of HHMI Faculty-Scholars. Connect with Liz on Twitter.
About Ivan Baxter:
Dr. Ivan Baxter is a Principal Investigator and Associate Member at the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center in St. Louis, Missouri and editor-in-chief of Plant Direct (plantdirectjournal.org), a new journal from Wiley. He received a BA in Chemistry from Goucher College and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute before moving on to a postdoc at Purdue University. Dr. Baxter studies how plants adapt to their abiotic environment using elemental profiling and image based phenotyping. Connect with Ivan on Twitter.
- E1 - Extreme Open Science and the Meaning of Scientific Impact with Sophien Kamoun
- E2- Normalizing Nomenclature and The Idealism of Youth with Carolyn Lawrence-Dill
- E3- Academia, Industry, and Pivoting on Projects with Luca Comai
- E4- Embracing Uncertainty in Science and Science Careers with Siobhan Braybrook
- E5- Finding GLOry- The Power of New Technology to Spur Innovation with José Dinneny
- E6- Population genetics, authorship lists, work/life balance and raining cockroaches with Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra
- E7 - Sessile: Measuring Mentoring and other Bleeps with Brian Dilkes
- E1 - Phenotyping Roots without Pulling up Your Own with Guillaume Lobet
- E2: Minding the Gap with Elizabeth 'Toby' Kellogg
- E3: Spiraling out of Silence; Speaking up for Science and Scientists with Kevin Folta
- E4: Understanding Biological Networks and When to Break the Circuit with Ross Sozzani
- E5: Evolving Approaches: Herbicide Resistance in Weeds and What Men Can Do to Fight Gender Discrimination in Science with Gina Baucom
- E6: Graduate Student Mental Illness; A Wild Type Phenotype? With Jeff Long
- E1: Changing the Shape of Microbes and Mentoring with Beronda Montgomery,
- E2: The World According to Dan: truth, Stats, and SNPs with Dan Kliebenstein
- E3: Answering Complex Questions with a Complex Community with Needhi Bhalla
- E4: Challenging Environments: Sunflowers, Drought, and Making Waves as an Early Career Scientist with Rishi R. Masalia
- E5: Simon Says: Captivate the public with snazzy videos of plant defense, send plants to space, and embrace curiosity-driven science with Simon Gilroy
- E6: Opening Channels of Communication Between Cells and Scientists with Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso
- E1: Identifying the Principle Components: Gender Dimorphism in Flowers and Consciously Building a Happy and Rewarding Career in Sciencewith Ambika Kamath
- E2: The GRExit and how we choose who goes to grad school with Zen Faulkes
- E3: How to mastermind experimental designs and and your graduate applicationswith Scott Barolo