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The ORISE Featurecast is a podcast about all things ORISE. Host Michael Holtz interviews ORISE experts about STEM workforce development, scientific and technical reviews, and the evaluation of radiation exposure and environmental contamination. He also talks to ORISE research program participants and their mentors about their experiences and how they are helping shape the future of science.

The episode guide below will allow you to listen to each edition on Blubrry.com. You can also find the ORISE Featurecast on the Apple Podcasts app for iOS devices, Google Podcasts, Android, Spotify, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, Pandora, TuneIn, Stitcher and Amazon Music.

Latest Episode

Episode 28: Always follow your dreams: A conversation with ORISE Future of Science Award winner Jenny Paul

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Jenny Paul, who is an ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf Ecosystem Measuring and Monitoring Division and Gulf of Mexico Division, is the recipient of the ORISE Future of Science Postdoctoral Award. In this episode of the ORISE Featurecast, Paul and host Michael Holtz discuss her research in benthic ecologies, what the Future of Science Award means to her, the importance of mentorship and collaboration, and so much more. Learn more about Paul and the ORISE Future of Science Awards.

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Previous Episodes

Nathan Boyle, a former postdoctoral fellow in the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, has studied machine learning for predicting fallout from chemical biological radiological and nuclear weapons. In this episode of the ORISE Featurecast, Boyle discusses his research emphasis during his fellowship, where he is now, the value of mentorship and collaboration in the research process and so much more. Learn more about Boyle and the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

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Educators who are selected for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship say the program changes their lives and their classrooms for the better. In this episode of the ORISE Featurecast, Michael Holtz talks to four current and former AEF Fellows about how the program has impacted their lives and the lives of their students. Gretel von Bargen, Kelly Day, Amy Szczepanski, and Pascale Creek Pinner, Ph.D., share their experiences in this wide-ranging and informative conversation.

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Elizanette Lopez is an ORISE Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she is studying how to develop plans for preparing and responding to public health emergencies. In this conversation with host Michael Holtz, Lopez discusses the evolution of her career since her earliest interest in becoming a scientist at the age of seven and deciding she wanted to work for the CDC as early as age eight. The discussion ranges from the value of collaboration and mentorship to the importance of representation as a Hispanic scientist, and finding and building a community of support. Learn more about Lopez and her research.

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The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts. In this episode, host Michael Holtz talks with Jill Latchana, ORISE program manager for the AEF, and Lachanda Garrison, a U.S Department of Energy AEF Fellow on Capitol Hill. In this episode, Garrison shares her experience as an educator and as a Fellow, and the importance of hearing from constituents of elected officials. The conversation is wide-ranging and joyful.

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Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong-Mensah, a former ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the undergraduate program director for Health Policy and and Behavioral Sciences at the Georgia State University School of Public Health. She was honored with the 2023 Early Career Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health for her passion for teaching and her service to her profession. In this conversation for the ORISE Featurecast, Armstrong-Mensah talks about her work as a clinical professor, taking students to Ghana to study public health issues, and how public health issues in one part of the world impact people everywhere, and so much more. Learn more about Armstong-Mensah at her ORISE Success Story.

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Eriko Padron Regalado is an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he is conducting research on immunoassays and vaccines. Eriko is originally from Mexico and has studied in Saudi Arabia and at Oxford University in England. He is joined by Yvonne Garcia, health communications specialist at the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, who conducts outreach in an effort to recruit Hispanic students into science. Padron shares his incredible career journey (seriously, it's amazing), and he and Garcia discuss the importance of representation in the sciences. Both are committed to opening up opportunities in science for young Hispanic students and researchers. Join host Michael Holtz for an interesting and engaging conversation. Learn more about Regalado at his ORISE Success Story.

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Mariah Guevara, who holds a biomedical engineering degree from Brown University, has a full plate and she loves it! At the time she and host Michael Holtz had this conversation, Guevara had recently been named a Fulbright Scholar. She was teaching students to prepare for the American College Testing (ACT) Test part time, conducting research at a local university and studying for the Medical College Admission Test. And, she was preparing to go to Spain to teach English as part of her Fulbright Scholarship. She had been an ORISE intern at the Department of Homeland Security Transition Branch, where she synthesized data about innovative technologies for a report that Congress will use to determine funding. Tune in for a fun and informative interview.

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This is a special edition of the ORISE Featurecast, wherein host Michael Holtz interviewed the winners of the Ignite Off! competition during the ORISE National Postdoc Appreciation Week Symposium, held Wednesday, September 20. Amanda Fanelli de Souza, Madeline Addis and Samaria Estrella discuss their Ignite Off! presentations, the trajectories of their academic and research careers, obstacles they have faced as women in STEM, and the importance of mentorship and collaboration. The conversation was fun and, we hope, enlightening. Give it a listen. Learn more about the ORISE Ignite Off!

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The DOE Scholars Program is designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent in disciplinary fields that support mission critical areas of the U.S. Department of Energy. While DOE is focused on science and research, not everyone in the Scholars Program has a background in STEM. Cristina Cordero, program coordinator for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, is a former DOE Scholar with a background in communications and public administration. She is also a mentor for the Scholars program. In this episode, Cordero and host Michael Holtz discuss her role, the trajectory of her career, and how she got to where she is today. Learn more about the DOE Scholars Program.

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