Science and Beers

Michael Magee

Beer fuelled science talk, with scientists. A new hot topic each episode.

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Fat cells are specialised to store large amounts of fat that act as metabolic energy depots. However, fat cells carry out many other vital functions such as appetite regulation. Fat cells can talk to each other, the brain and the other organs. In this episode, Professor Susanne Mandrup talks about fat cells, as well as the epigenetics and DNA associated with fat cells and metabolic disease. Ph.D. Susanne Mandrup is Professor at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at SDU where she serves as Director of the Center of Excellence in Functional Genomics and Tissue Plasticity (ATLAS) and Center for Adipocyte Signaling (ADIPOSIGN), as well as Head of the Functional Genomics & Metabolism Research Unit. Click here for more information about ATLAS and ADIPOSIGN.Professor Susanne Mandrup is an elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Academia Europaea, AcademiaNet, and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and Knight of the Order of Dannebrog.For more information about Professor Susanne Mandrup, please refer to the SDU Research Portal.Follow Susanne on Twitter @susmandrupPlease fill out our podcast review form to help us evaluate the season.Follow us and get in touch.Twitter: @Science_Beers, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastSign up for our newsletter.This season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Follow their Lecture series.This podcast is hosted by Michael Magee.Cheers to Science! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 3

53 min 15 sec

"Football is medicine, football is for everyone, football is for life." That's the message from Peter Krustrup as we have a beer and a chat at the Euro 2020 Fan Zone is Copenhagen. Episode recorded June 24th, 2021. You can find some pictures of the meeting here.Peter is Chair of Health Sciences at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. He is Professor of Sport and Health Sciences at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics at SDU and Honorary Visiting Professor at University of Exeter, United Kingdom and Shanghai University of Sport, China. He is also a UEFA Pro-License football coach, currently working as Fitness Coach for the Danish Women’s National Team.He initiated the international “Football is Medicine” platform with more than 250 researchers from 25 countries. Football is medicine is the result of a 15 year study with 150 peer-reviewed articles. Peter's research interests consist of two main areas: Fitness and health effects of physical activity across the lifespan with special reference to team. This includes investigations of the link between the locomotor activities and physiological demands of various sports disciplines and other types of physical activity types, the cardio-vascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal adaptations after short and long-term interventions, and the potential for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of lifestyle related diseases, such as hypertension, obesity, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, and also for men with prostate cancer and women with breast cancer.Secondly he examines sports performance, fatigue, training and testing of male and female elite athletes. This includes analysis of physiological demands and locomotor activities in training and match-play for elite athletes and the general population, fatigue, recovery, development of sport-specific testing protocols, reliability and validity of tests in relation to sports performance, effects of aerobic training, anaerobic training, strength training, sprint training and agility training for elite and recreational athletes and effects of environmental factors, playing surface and diet manipulation on performance and recovery.Find more links to Peter's research here or on Twitter @sdusport Please fill out our podcast review form to help us evaluate the season.Follow us and get in touch.Twitter: @Science_Beers, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastSign up for our newsletter.This season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Follow their Lecture series.This podcast is hosted by Michael Magee.Cheers to Science! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 25

53 min 17 sec

In this episode, I speak with Professor Nina Bonderup Dohn about education and knowledge transfer. Nina is a Senior Fellow og Humanities and the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS). For further insights into her research, watch her DIAS lecture "Designing for situated knowledge in a world of change." MA, Ph.D, Dr.phil Nina Bonderup Dohn is Professor in Learning and ICT at the Department of Design and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark.She is Head of the Center for Learning Computational Thinking, an interdisciplinary center involving researchers from the Faculty of Humanities (Department of Design and Communication and Department for the Study of Culture), the Faculty of Science (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science) and the Faculty of Engineering (Maersk-McKinney Moller Institute). She also leads the research program Learning, Design and Digitalization at the Department of Design and Communication. She currently (2020-2024) holds a research grant from Independent Research Fund Denmark for the project Designing for Situated Computational Thinking with Computational Things which involves researchers from three Danish universities and four international ones (in Great Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands). She recently finalized another project, Designing for Situated Knowledge in a World of Change, also financed by Independent Research Fund DenmarkIn 2004, she was awarded the Teaching Prize for the Faculty of Humanities, upon nomination from her students.Her research field bridges between epistemology, learning theory, and cognitive theory, and does so both philosophically and in terms of the development and testing of concrete designs for learning in practice, with a special focus on the role of ICT. Interdisciplinarity is key in her work, including the metaphilosophical explication of the roles philosophy can have in relation to other disciplines. Her research centers on questions such as what human knowledge is, how it is developed, how one can facilitate others’ in developing knowledge, and what roles technology can play.Follow us and get in touch.Twitter: @Science_Beers, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastSign up for our newsletter.This season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Follow their Lecture series.This podcast is hosted by Michael Magee.Cheers to Science! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 18

41 min 36 sec

Professor Francesco Sannino is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology (CP³-Origins) at the University of Southern Denmark. He is also the founder of the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, where is Chair of Physics. He is also currently Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University Federico II in Napoli and the Scuola Superiore Meridionale in Italy. In this episode, we look inside a glass of Weißbier to see what the universe is made of. Below is a timestamp of the conversation. (hh:mm:ss)(00:05:25) The atom and electromagnetism (00:23:50) Where do protons comes from?(00:31:40) Worm holes (00:33:44) The beginning of the universe and a theory for everything(00:44:46) Discoveries at CERN(00:49:04) Fundamental particles(00:51:57) What is in empty space?(00:53:32) Gravity and the Higgs(01:00:18) Black Holes(01:07:05) Time travel and consciousness (01:09:20) How did Francesco get interested in physics(01:11:32) The creation of DIAS(01:16:14) Modelling the spread of infectious disease Find a lecture from Francesco hereString theoryhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_vtUtc1noIThe pandemic playbook: A physicist take - DIAShttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOhZUjyvV44The elegant laws of the Universe and it´s mysterieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLkz3-Wio94Follow us and get in touch.Twitter: @Science_Beers, @sannfrancesco, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastSign up for our newsletter.This season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Follow their Lecture series.This podcast is hosted by Michael Magee.Cheers to Science! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 14

1 hr 26 min

My guest this week is Dr Keith Andrew Meyers. We talk about two of his research interests, the economic consequences of atmospheric nuclear testing conducted in the Nevada desert during the 1950s, and the socioeconomic effects of the Salk polio vaccine. We later digressed into the nature of conspiracy theories, morality, and the phenomena of epistemological decline.Here's a timestamp (hh:mm)(00:04) Nuclear Bombs(00:26) Polio(00:47) The economy of health(00:51) Importance of investing in science(01:01) The series of events that are needed to put bread on the shelves(01:03) Merchants of doubt(01:12) Morality(01:14) The political strategy of disinformation and the epistemological decline(01:21) HappinessKeith Andrew Meyers is Assistant Professor at Macroeconomics, International Economics and Economic History group in the Department of Business and Economics at the University of Southern Denmark, where is is a Fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies. This podcast is hosted by Michael Magee.Follow us and get in touch.Twitter: @Science_Beers, @sdueconhist, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastSign up for our newsletter.This season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Follow their Lecture series.Cheers to Science! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 6

1 hr 31 min

What would be the short and long term effects of maintaining a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%? This question was inspired by the Oscar-winning Danish film, Druk. To answer this and more alcohol related questions is Dr Aleksander Krag. Dr Krag is Professor and senior consultant of Hepatology and Director of Odense Liver Research Centre at SDU and Odense University Hospital (OUH). He is also a Chair of Heath Science and the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Read more about his research into liver disease. This podcast is hosted by Michael Magee. Follow us and get in touch.Twitter: @Science_Beers, @AleksanderKrag, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastSign up for our newsletter. This season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 30

21 min 7 sec

How thick is the sea ice at the North Pole? What is it like to scuba dive in leopard seal hunting grounds? And what does a marine biologist think of the Seaspiracy documentary? Our guest, Dr Karl Attard answers these questions and more. Karl's research interests include the productivity of coastal waters and the factors that drive fundamental ecosystem processes such as primary production and respiration. Seafloor habitats are a key focus of his work, as they represent hotspots of biodiversity and productivity within the ocean but yet remain poorly studied. His research has taken him on 30 expeditions including the Arctic and Antarctic. Karl is Assistant Professor in the NordCEE group of the Biology Department at the University of Southern Denmark, where he is also a Fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Read more about his work here. Further reading into the SLAPP lawsuits Karl mentions in the podcast.Ending Gag Lawsuits in Europe Protecting Democracy and Fundamental RightsSustainable seafood guideThis podcast is hosted by Michael Magee. Follow us and get in touch. Twitter: @Science_Beers, @KMAttard, @DanishIASFacebook: @Scienceandbeers, @DanishIASEmail: scienceandbeers@gmail.comwww.scienceandbeers.com/podcastThis season of the podcast is made with the support from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 18

1 hr 2 min

How was literature enjoyed during the Byzantine Empire? How were emotions portrayed / made sense of in Byzantium? And what is it like to read autobiographical text from 1000 years ago? Assistant Professor Aglae Pizzone from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study and the Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of Southern Denmark joins podcast host, Michael Magee for a chat about life and literature in Byzantium. Aglae Pizzone is a Byzantinist with a training in classics. In her research she focuses on cultural history and history of the ideas. She has worked on conceptualizations of fiction and imagination from Graeco-Roman to Medieval times as well as on the history of emotions in Byzantium.Read more about Aglae's work at bit.ly/3te2Fsu or https://danish-ias.dk/people/aglae-pizzone-danish-ias/ This podcast is supported by DIAS. Follow us on Twitter @DanishIAS or @Science_Beerswww.scienceandbeers.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 12

1 hr 3 min

I'm joined by Assitant Professor Bryan Yazell and Professor Christine Stabell Benn from the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (DIAS). They come from two different research areas. Christine's work has shown how vaccines and vitamins affect the immune system in a much more general way than previously thought. Bryan investigates the way literature stages, reflects on, or otherwise intervenes in public debates about migratory populations.Together they came up with an idea to inspire people to imagine their future through literature. In this episode, Bryan and Christine talk about their short story competition, "write your future" and they share some insights into their own areas of expertise. The competition (for students at the University of Southern Denmark) https://www.sdu.dk/en/forskning/forskningsformidling/citizenscience/write+your+futureLearn more about Bryans work at bit.ly/ProfYazell See Christine's TEDx talk bit.ly/ProfBennTwitter tags:@Science_Beers@DanishIAS@bgyazell@StabellBennPlease like, subscribe and tell a friend about the podcast. www.scienceandbeers.com Cheers to Science! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 26

1 hr 7 min

Paul Sharp is professor of business and economics at the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG) at the University of Southern Denmark. He is a senior fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. Paul is recognised as a leading authority on Danish economic history. In this episode, Paul shares his knowledge of how new technology and ways of thinking took Denmark from being one of the poorest countries in Europe 300 years ago, to being one of the richest today. His insights can be found in more detail in his book, A Land of Milk and Butter: How Elites Created the Modern Danish Dairy Industry (with Markus Lampe). Read more about his research at https://danish-ias.dk/people/paul-richard-sharp-danish-ias/This episode was recorded on March 17th 2021, so Paul and I drank some Guinness and Kilkenny to celebrate St. Patrick's day. Please like, subscribe and recommend the podcast to a friend.Cheers to Science,scienceandbeers.comTwitter @science_beers, @SDUeconhist, @DanishIAS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 19

57 min 4 sec

Dr Eivind Segtnan is part of the team behind Synaptic Science Solutions. During his PhD, Eivind worked towards the development of a method to test for brain diaschisis - where damage to an area of the brain effects other regions of the brain. Eivind also is part of a team that developed an app and an Artificial Intelligence that can help mass test for Covid19. This episode is divided into two parts, the first 30 minutes is on brain diaschisis and the second half is on the Covid19 app. It was recorded live in front of an audience. More info can be found at https://www.synaptic.one/Support the podcast at https://www.patreon.com/scienceandbeersFollow us onTwitter @Science_BeersInstagram @ScienceandbeersFacebook @ScienceandBeerswww.scienceandbeers.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

1 hr 8 min

Five years ago, the Aage V. Jensen foundation deliberately flooded a piece of drained, coastal land at Gyldensteen on North Funen in Denmark. The dikes were opened in three places, the seawater flowed in and quickly covered a 214 ha area which had previously been agricultural land. Furthermore, a freshwater lake was created of 144 ha. Ever since, biologists from the University of Southern Denmark have followed the return of nature and observed how nutrients, greenhouse gases, flora and fauna in the wetlands have changed and developed ever since.This intentional flooding can be used as a case study to see the effects of sea-level rise.Susan Guldberg is a PhD student in the ecology group in the Biology Department at the University of Southern Denmark.Follow the project at bit.ly/33HlfioGet in touch with the podcast at scienceandbeers@gmail.comSupport the podcast at patreon.com/scienceandbeers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

20 min 48 sec

Associate Professor, Astrid Eichhorn is part of the CP3-Origins group at the University of Southern Denmark. She received the 2020 Villum Young Investigator Grant for the project "Probing the Quantum Nature of Gravity." In this episode we talk about quantum gravity and other quirky quantum quandaries. Follow Astrid on Twitter @AstridEichhorn and read more about her work at www.cp3-origins.dk/people/eichhorn-astrid/Support this podcast at patreon.com/scienceandbeers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

52 min 7 sec

Dr Claus Christensen has a PhD from the University of Copenhagen. He is also a master brewer at the Munkebo Brewery in Odense, Denmark. Claus uses his knowledge of microbiology to hunt for and culture wild yeast. Some of his beers are made with yeast from the legs of honey bees, flowers or wild fruits picked up from places of historical significance. The story of the Munkebo Brewery and their beers is steeped in a rich viking history. Check out munkebobrewery.com/ or facebook.com/munkebobreweryYou can support this podcast at patreon.com/scienceandbeersThanks for listening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

48 min 27 sec

Professor in cultural sociology Ian Woodward, and PhD researcher in market anthropology, Signe Banke, are based at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), where they both work on the FestiVersities project.FestiVersities is a multi-sited research project led by Professor Woodward from SDU. It is funded by the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) Joint Research programme under the Horizon 2020 scheme Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe (2019-2022). The project critically interrogates the relationship between culture, public space and social integration in music festivals in five European countries.In this episode, we discuss how Covid-19 has affected their research. Read more about the project at https://www.festiversities.com/ or follow on twitter; @FestiVersities @Ianswoodward @SigneBanke @Science_Beers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

50 min 19 sec

Dr Carolin Löscher is Associate Professor at the Nordic Centre for Earth Evolution (NordCEE) at the University of Southern Denmark, where she is also a Fellow of Geobiology at the Danish Institute of Advanced Science (D-IAS). She is a climate scientist, with a focus on oceanic ecosystems. In this podcast we talk about climate change, biogeochemistry, Gaian feedback cycles, her current projects and how she became inspired to pursue a career in marine biology.You can read more about her work at https://danish-ias.dk/people/carolin-loscher-danish-ias/ and her Twitter tag is @carolinloescher Support the podcast at https://patreon.com/scienceandbeers, leave a review and tell a friend :) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

1 hr 10 min

Dr Philip Hallenborg is a molecular biologist and research advisor at the University of Southern Denmark. He is also an author, having published two novels of fiction with science based storylines. In this episode, Philip shares his knowledge of DNA, gene editing and evolution. He also tells of how he was inspired to pursue a career in science. His first book,Og jeg så en ny himmel can be found at bit.ly/3gBkOd9. An English version can be found at amzn.to/3kiQ7vA. His second book, Fenris is available in Danish bit.ly/3a1ZHhH. Support the podcast at patreon.com/scienceandbeers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2020

1 hr 4 min

Associate Professor, Emily Hogg (@emilyjhogg) examines the relationship between contemporary literature and precarity, alcohol consumption and feminist theory. She works at the Department for the Study of Culture at the University of Southern Denmark. Become a patron of this podcast at patreon.com/scienceandbeers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

35 min 42 sec

Associate Professor Ane Fisker examines the vaccine programme in Guinea-Bissau. Data suggests there are non-specific effects from vaccines.She works with the Bandim Health Project and the University of Southern Denmark. Read more at bandim.org Become a patron of the podcast at patreon.com/scienceandbeers See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

41 min 58 sec

What is Russia’s influence in the West? What is Soft Power? Is liberal democracy the thing everybody wants?Our guest this week, Vincent Keating will be addressing these questions as well as talking about his own career path.Vincent is an Associate Professor at the Centre of War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. His research topics include: The politics of human rights during the war on terror; How issues of trust and distrust shape alliance politics; The problems of trustworthiness and legitimacy facing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and Russian influence and attraction, particularly through the lens of conservative soft power. His twitter handle is @vckeating This podcast is best listened to with a glass of Russian Imperial Stout. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

1 hr 16 min

How is culture organised. How do museums, theatres, concert halls and underground players function together as a system. And how does the interaction of the state work in this system.Our guest, Thomas Burø is working on his PhD at Copenhagen Business School. In this episode, Thomas talks about the history of state funded culture in Denmark. He also talks about Opps! Festival, the Festival for Failure and F-ups. Failures are essential to science and they should be embraced :) When not working on his PhD, Thomas fronts the punk band Tvivler, who have just released a new album, Ego. Read more about Thomas' work here.Enjoy :) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

54 min 1 sec

Dr Daniel Mills is a Post-Doc at Stanford University. His research primarily concerns the co-evolution of the Proterozoic biosphere (Earth’s ‘middle age,’ 2.5-0.541 billion years ago) and eukaryotic life — a topic he approaches by studying modern organisms and environments.As we chat, we give credence to the discoveries of Vladimir Vernadsky, a Russian mineralogist who, in the early 20th century published a book called The Biosphere. Vernadsky realised that the geology, chemistry and biology on earth are intricately intertwined. They influence each other. His ideas were a precursor to the Gaia hypothesis, that the earth is a living breathing entity. Her systems work to bring balance via geological and biological processes.Visit Dan at:https://www.danielbradymills.com/context See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 2020

51 min 18 sec