Jul 21, 2022
Of Peeps and People…and Plant Pathology
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In this episode, Matthew Kasson, associate professor of forest pathology and mycology at West Virginia University, joins host Jim Bradeen for an engaging conversation wrapped around SciComm and a viral experiment involving injecting Peeps with certain types of fungi. The two also get personal, discussing mental health issues in academia; the responsibilities of organizations to speak out on social issues; and the importance of social media in advancing interests in plant pathology.

Show notes

The full transcript for this episode can be found here:

Check out Fungal Peeps here:

Find Matt Kasson on Twitter: @kasson_wvu

Klein, JoAnna. (March 29, 2019) Injecting Marshmallow Peeps With Fungi, for Science. New York Times

Swift et al. (2020) From Hastag to High School: How Viral Tweets Are Inspiring Young Scientists to Embrace STEM. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education 21(3):1-5.

Kasson, Matt. (December 14, 2021) Finding mental-health clarity under pandemic pressures. Nature.

The Mystery of the Mummified Twinkie. Short Wave, National Public Radio. October 27, 2020

This episode is produced by Association Briefings.

Special Guest: Matt Kasson.

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