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The State of Research Podcast is brought to you by the Vice President of Research and Colorado State University. This podcast aims to bring to light the world-renowned research done right here at CSU. By interviewing researchers, we can demonstrate how discovering answers to complex questions is a journey filled with unique stories. Your host, Mason Force hopes to inspire with these stories of innovation which propel us into the future.

Episode 06: Data Security and the Expanding Internet

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Episode 06: Data Security and the Expanding Internet

In this episode, I’m interviewing Dr. Indrakshi Ray about her research into data security at Colorado State University.  Her insight into the importance  of protecting online information highlights the need for robust systems to prevent attackers from accessing sensitive information.  Our conversation touches on the vulnerability of online applications, as well as the expansion of the internet to unexpected places.

Episode 05: Microbiomes, Decomposition and Forensic Investigation

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Episode 05: Microbiomes, Decomposition and Forensic Investigation

Dr. Jessica Metcalf, assistant professor in the department of Animal Science at CSU, joins us to talk about her research into the gut microbiome, decomposition and forensic investigation. Her work has applications from investigating archaeological finds to providing crucial evidence in the justice system.

Episode 04: Developing a Research Safety Culture

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Episode 04: Developing a Research Safety Culture

In this episode, I interview Dr. Anthony Appleton, the Research Safety Culture Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University.  Throughout our conversation, Anthony talks about the rationale behind his new position, as well as his personal inspiration.  We cover the strategies and challenges involved in developing a strong safety culture at CSU while maintaining the university’s focus on world-class research.

“Research safety is not one person, the researcher.  Research safety is the community that is involved in research.” -Anthony Appleton

Episode 03: Crop Protection and Sustainability

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Episode 03: Crop Protection and Sustainability

In this episode, I interview Dr. Jan Leach about her research into maintaining and protecting our global food supply.  We discuss the challenges posed by an increasingly warm climate and rapidly growing population to the future of agricultural production.  Dr. Leach’s research aims to develop robust, disease resistant crops that will sustain the global population far into the future.

“The question is, can we sustain large cropping systems the way we’ve produced [them]? Another way to look at it is… can we afford not to?” -Dr. Jan Leach

Episode 02: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision

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Episode 02: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ross Beveridge about his exciting research into machine vision.  We discuss the past, present and future of artificial intelligence and the rapidly changing nature of computer science in general.

Episode 01: Research on Infectious Disease Transmission

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Episode 01: Research on Infectious Disease Transmission

In this episode, I interview Dr. Rebekah Kading about her research into the unique ways infectious disease is transmitted through mosquitoes and bats.  Throughout our conversation, we discuss some of her interesting discoveries, her adventurous career path, a lost future as a ballerina and a touching personal experience that make her work all the more meaningful.