Deeper than Data with Ben Rush

Ben Rush

When we think about science, we often hear about amazing discoveries, but rarely hear about the struggles, personal accomplishments, and personalities of the scientists behind the data. On Deeper than Data with Ben Rush, we explore the personal journeys, failures, and successes of scientists through storytelling and humor. You’ll walk away with touching stories, life lessons, and feeling inspired through conversational interviews and improvised games.

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Ben chats with engineering professor, Victor Zavala, and high school teacher, Olivia Dachel, about using videogames to teach kids, how science outreach can be useful 1 on 1 or with massive audiences through videogames, who inspired Victor to code, how to think like a systems engineer, how the kids like learning about agricultural runoff, and how donkeys may power the world one day. To play the Lakeland video game- https://fielddaylab.wisc.edu/play/lakeland/ (https://fielddaylab.wisc.edu/play/lakeland/) Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts- https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deeper-than-data-with-ben-rush/id1556358203 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deeper-than-data-with-ben-rush/id1556358203) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Dec 8

1 hr 7 min

Ben chats with Lena Vincent, MS, about her story going from marine biology to astrobiology, how they are both connected, her passion for communicating her work to others often via TikTok, TikTok science communication strategies, her double-edged curiosity, and her first conversation with an alien. Lena's TikTok page- https://www.tiktok.com/@charmquarkz? (https://www.tiktok.com/@charmquarkz?) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Nov 24

1 hr

Ben chats with Ankur Desai about being a nerd in grade school coding early computers, connecting with nature in the Boy Scouts, taking geology classes to go on field trips, shooting lasers out of planes, meteorologists loving Oklahoma, the importance of science communication, and improvised weather reports (did someone say it's snowing pillows?). Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Nov 10

59 min 25 sec

Ben chats with Jo Handelsman, scientist extraordinaire, about her journey from viewing pond water underneath the microscope to full professorship, trying to save our soils, working for the Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration, and now directing the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery. They dive into how science still needs to be improved to welcome and embrace more women and people in color, battling imposter syndrome, and what "luck" might actually be. Jo's "A World Without Soil"- https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300256406/world-without-soil (https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300256406/world-without-soil) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Oct 27

1 hr 2 min

Ben chats with fungal pathologist and professor Christina Hull about her insatiable curiosity for fungi, her passion for equity within science, her experience 3-D printing glow-in-the-dark fungal spores, and how a spore coat can almost deceive bouncers at the hottest clubs. Wisconsin Science Festival https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/ (https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Oct 13

1 hr 4 min

The co-founders of the Wisconsin Science Festival, Laura Heisler and George Tzougros, chat with Ben about how the Fest came to be, some highlights of the over 200 events happening across the state from October 21st to the 24th, and where they would love to see the Fest go in the future. Links to the upcoming virtual Badger Talk Live by Laura and George, and upcoming and past Badger Talk Live recordings, can be found here: https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/badger-talks-live/ (https://badgertalks.wisc.edu/badger-talks-live/) The link to the Wisconsin Science Festival is here: https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/ (https://www.wisconsinsciencefest.org/) Support this podcast

Oct 12

14 min 30 sec

Ben chats with comedian and writer Jason Alt about his journey from pursuring forensic chemistry, transitioning from pharmaceutical jobs to writing about games, successful management, and the consistent comedy through everything.... plus a stellar review of the made-up board game "Murdered by the femur of God" on the new hit hypothetical podcast Yikes! It's Game Time. EDHREC- https://edhrec.com/ (https://edhrec.com/) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media/ (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Sep 29

51 min 21 sec

Ben chats with podcast teammate Lauren Schrader about how she became interested in communication health sciences, what she hopes to share with rural communities, her involvement in the Harry Potter Society at Indiana University, and how the Earth is filled with molten chocolate chip cookies. Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Sep 15

46 min 19 sec

Ben chats with his good friend and fellow scientist Jevin Lortie about his journey pivoting from cooking to neuroscience, their friendship over the years, his childhood room, how his science connects to his diet and family, and creating fad diets on a whim. Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Sep 1

57 min 32 sec

Scientist and fellow podcast teammate Julia Nepper chats with Ben about her journey, starting college at age 11, feeling in flow when doing science outreach, learning from failures, and trying to betray BEN! BEN OF ALL PEOPLE!!! Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Aug 18

1 hr 3 min

Ben chats with two guest, Dannagal Young and Lauren Feldman, about their work assessing how comedy and political identities collide, the psychological profiles of the left and right, and debating if your work has impact on the world. Plus they answer some of life's hardest questions like how do you teach a 17-legged dog to roll over and how can we prevent octopi from taking over the world. For stickers, reach out to ben@deeperthandata.media OR via Twitter https://www.twitter.com/deeperthandata Also give us some money to help make more stickers?!? https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata Support this podcast

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Aug 4

57 min 48 sec

Ben chats with Judi about her journey, how losing an important person in your life shapes your perspective, barrel racing, how Judi is and isn't a pressure cooker, effective ways of mentoring, and life as a lipid trying to return a magic eight ball before you are consumed by mitochondria. Podcast twitter- https://twitter.com/DeeperThanData (https://twitter.com/DeeperThanData) Podcast Facebook page-https://facebook.com/deeperthandata (facebook.com/deeperthandata) Follow Ben on Twitter-https://www.twitter.com/benrushscience (twitter.com/benrushscience) Support this podcast

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Jul 21

57 min 26 sec

Ben chats with high school friend and entrepreneurial scientist Courtney Lawrence about her journey through STEM, starting a small business, and some interesting facts about soap (also they pitch improvised soaps like "Wet Dog Soap" and "Ex-boyfriend Soap"). Courtney's soap company- https://minorobsession.co/ (www.minorobsession.co) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata (https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata) Twitter- https://twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website- http://www.deeperthandata.media (www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData (www.facebook.com/DeeperThanData) Support this podcast

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Jul 7

58 min 21 sec

Just a little audio note to let you know we are switching to a Wednesday episode release day. We'll be back with a new episode on 7-7! Support this podcast

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Jul 5

6 min 11 sec

Ben chats with professor Bryan Dewsbury about his journey, his passion for teaching and equity, what Bryan's kids think he does, and killer rabbits. SABER seminar series: https://saberbio.wildapricot.org/Diversity_Inclusion (https://saberbio.wildapricot.org/Diversity_Inclusion) Twitter Support this podcast

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Jun 21

1 hr 8 min

Ben chats with Michael Wagner about being political science, being a former reporter & anchor, couples matching in academia, and both debate over pointless silly things for the betterment of all humankind. Support this podcast

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Jun 7

52 min 18 sec

Ben chats with Bianca Baldridge about the challenges facing youth workers, education, chocolate, and why Prince is at Bianca's desk. Support this podcast

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May 24

1 hr 12 min

Ben chats with Ana Bento about fashion, COVID, science communication, failures, why the podcast exists, and what an octopus should wear at award ceremonies. Support this podcast

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May 10

1 hr 17 min

Ben chats with Anurag Agrawal about effective management styles, the failure he experienced teaching for the first time, and a mysterious chrysalis they hit with hammers. Plus an alternative intro theme called "Giggles". Rock on! Support this podcast

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Apr 26

59 min 21 sec

Ben chats with Amaya Atucha about avocados, fitting-in, imposter syndrome, and improvised wine pairings in this fruitful episode. Support this podcast

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Apr 12

1 hr 11 min

The Deeper Than Data with Ben Rush podcast features conversation about the successes, failures, and vulnerability of science through stories and humor. Hear about it in this trailer! You can also learn more about the podcast by following... Twitter- https://www.twitter.com/deeperthandata (https://www.twitter.com/deeperthandata) Website-https://www.deeperthandata.media (https://www.deeperthandata.media) Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/deeperthandata (https://www.facebook.com/deeperthandata) Patreon- https://www.patreon.com/deeperthandata?fan_landing=true Support this podcast

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Apr 12

2 min 8 sec

Ben chats with Karthik Anantharaman about the deep ocean, creating a catchphrase for the lab, and funding groundbreaking research with $7. Support this podcast

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Mar 29

1 hr 4 min

Ben chats with Beth Olsen about the science of breastfeeding, science communication, and the pivotal decision to choose gummy bears when you are trying to stop the all-powerful Ur-dragon in a choose your own adventure game. Follow the podcast on Twitter. Shout outs to https://open.spotify.com/show/1TmkFnafN1MrBifGtEyJOP (Is This Science?) and https://mumsinscience.net/ (Mums In Science)- both very much worth checking out! Support this podcast

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Mar 15

1 hr 5 min

Ben chats with Amy Zelenski about her path through theater and acting, how empathy can make us better people and doctors, and an improv game with chipmunks. Support this podcast

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Feb 21

51 min 30 sec

Ben chats with Alfonso Morales about his life's journey, his path from the South West to Wisconsin, not getting into graduate school immediately, jumping out of cars, and selling random things to each other. Support this podcast

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Feb 21

1 hr 11 min

Ben chats with Laura Hernandez about what it's like being a mammal, breaking down when grants aren't funded, being a manager with heart, and the journey of Zoey, the platypus, through the empire of lizards in El Paso. Support this podcast

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Feb 21

1 hr 5 min