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Episode 59 - From Jellyfish to Corals (with Dr. Mariana Rocha de Souza)

Season 3, Ep. 20

Meet Dr. Mariana Rocha de Souza, a marine biologist who studies the symbiotic relationship of algae with jellyfish and corals. Mariana talks about her journey, which started in Brazil, and how she moved to France for her masters, where she started researching the fascinating symbiotic relationship between jellyfish and algae. Her next stop was in Hawaii for her Ph.D. where she researched another algae symbiotic relationship - this time with corals. Mariana talks about the finding of her research relating to the importance of origin of the coral in order to better understand how to save this important maritime resource from global warming.


After finishing her Ph.D., Mariana is spending a year working with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the United States Department of Commerce), where she gets to learn about the executive side of science, and how policy is decided.


Mariana also talks about the challenges and values of studying abroad and getting exposed to different cultures, and the provides some tips on how to obtain funding to survive such expensive endeavors. Mariana talks about the importance of science communication and science education and her volunteering activity with the "Skype a Scientist" program.

In this episode Danni drank her Amaretto and Mariana drank coffee.

You can follow Mariana:

Twitter: @MRochadeSouza

Instagram: @_marirsouza_


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Episode 58 - From a Nurse to neuroscientist (with Estherina Trachtenberg)

Season 3, Ep. 19
Estherina Trachtenberg started her way in nursing just because it was the easiest degree to get into and she was always curious about science. Growing up in ultra-orthodox community her educational and academic starting point wasn't very strong. However, her undying thirst for knowledge kept her moving forward and nowadays she is doing a PhD at the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University.Join us for this episode and listen to Estherina's inspiring story about overcoming challenges and following her passion and dreams. Estherina talks about the importance of volunteering to her life. For example She volunteered in the most rural areas in Nepal and continues to volunteer with Ukrainian refugees in Israel, as well as helping others who, just like her, have left the ultra-orthodox world, in order to provide them an easier transition.Estherina also talks about her research topic in neuroscience and the value of learning about the social abilities of rats and humans, as well as the importance of such social support to the immune system.In this episode Danni drank her Italian Amaretto and Estherina drank wine.You can follow Estherina:Twitter: @estherina_tContact us:Host: Danni Reches (@DanniReches)Producer and Editor: Ido Rosenzweig (@IdoRosenzweig)Contact us:On Twitter: @What2DoWithTHATOn Facebook: @What2DoWithTHATOn Instagram: @What2DoWithTHATSubscribe to our YouTube ChannelOur website: www.what2dowiththat.comEnjoy the episode!