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Science show fills radio gap

Wednesday 10 April 2013 8:04am

Dave McMorran and Nicolas Barth postgrad‘Science Notes’ radio show guest, Geology PhD student Nicolas Barth (left) with host Senior Teaching Fellow Dr Dave McMorran.

Remedying a lack of science shows on public radio, Senior Teaching Fellow Dr Dave McMorran started “Science Notes” on Otago Access Radio.
“The station was looking for people to make shows and I realised there was no science involvement.

“I thought there must be heaps of postgraduate students out there with stories to tell, so I got permission and started the show in May, 2010.

Almost three years later, Dr McMorran has interviewed all sorts of postgrads – mostly second and third year doctoral candidates and Master’s students.

“They’ve come from all sorts of departments in the Division – from zoology and botany to geology and chemistry.

“I’ve done about 70 shows and most we do live. I interview the student about their thesis topic, and they get to bring along their favourite music to play.”