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Big Biology

Art Woods and Marty Martin

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The biggest biology podcast for the biggest science and biology fans. Featuring in-depth discussions with scientists tackling the biggest questions in evolution, genetics, ecology, climate, neuroscience, diseases, the origins of life, psychology and more!! If it's biological, groundbreaking, philosophical or mysterious you'll find it here.
 
The goal of Coffee N 5 is to help you let go of what’s holding you back and become the person you’re meant to be. How you market yourself or your business is one of the key factors of success. Crack a smile or laugh out loud when you listen but always learn something new. Capitalize on the experience of others and acquire strategic insights.In each episode, we will connect with personalities and influencers from different backgrounds and fields. All this will be tied together with our missio ...
 
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Are genes the primary units of selection and main drivers of adaptation? How does a gene’s-eye view of evolution fit into modern biology? On this episode, we talk with Arvid Ågren, an evolutionary biologist and Wenner-Gren Fellow at Uppsala University, about his new book, “The Gene’s-Eye View of Evolution”. The book chronicles the history of gene-c…
 
Are you ready to give your brand an upside-down reboot with digital marketing? Mitch Joel is known as a thought leader and genius in the digital marketing space. He started out in journalism and became a publisher of a magazine. During the time when print was fading away, he was one of the early adopters of the online publication. After that, he he…
 
Arthur Woods is a social entrepreneur and LGBTQ+ leader working at the intersection of equity, inclusion, and technology. He was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and 40 Under 40 by BEQ. He is the author of the book, Hiring for Diversity; he is a three-time TEDx speaker and has advised leading brands from Disney, Sonos, and MetLife to the Smithsonian. He…
 
As a business owner, one thing you can not run away from is the agony of having to “break up” with a client. There are many reasons why you may want to discontinue your relationship with a client but how do you know the right time to leave? What are the things you need to know before and after establishing a relationship with a client to make sure …
 
Why is the Serengeti such a special ecosystem? Why does it support so many different species, and what ecological processes regulate the enormous population sizes of its dominant large-bodied herbivores? On this episode, we talk with Tony Sinclair, professor emeritus of zoology at the University of British Columbia, about his new book “A Place Like…
 
It’s time to talk about MONEY! Who better to talk about money and financial intelligence than the one and only Mamma Rita Money, herself. We are so excited to chat with Rita Boccuzzi about financial intelligence and how she cracked the code on the money mystery. With over 13 years of experience in financial services, Rita is armed with the wisdom a…
 
Jennifer Davis is a creative and motivational marketing executive. She currently serves as the chief marketing and communications officer for Learfield, a media and technology company in the area of collegiate athletics. She drops in to share with us some of her marketing expertise and opinions as well as a discussion of her upcoming book “Well-Mad…
 
How do diseases spread from animals to humans? Is it possible to forecast where disease outbreaks will occur and when they will blow up into major health crises? In one of the earliest episodes of Big Biology, Marty and Art talk to Barbara Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, about her research on zoonotic disease, h…
 
Michelle Enjoli joins us today to share her journey from starting out as a first-generation college student turned television producer to becoming a pro at digital marketing to finally becoming a leadership and career coach. She is one of those rare people that knew exactly what she wanted to do from a young age. She wanted to work in television an…
 
Today on the Coffee No. 5 Podcast, we are excited to share our conversation with Yvette Bodden, Founder and Author of Awakened-Woman, a platform designed to inspire, empower and encourage women to become their best selves. Being a Dominican American journalist born and raised in New York, her platform has been a shining light that uplifts Hispanic …
 
What causes Alzheimer’s disease? Why are some people more at risk than others? What are the prospects for a cure and the best options for slowing the onset of symptoms? On this episode of Big Biology, we talk with Daniel Gibbs, a retired neurologist, about his new book: “A Tattoo on My Brain: A Neurologist’s Personal Battle Against Alzheimer’s Dise…
 
Morris Sims is the CEO of Sims Training and Consulting. Before that, he left his career of engineering after five years and dove head-first into the world of sales. He spent 32 years with New York Life Insurance Company and retired as the VP and Chief Learning Officer in the Agency Department. Join us as Morris discusses the importance of knowing h…
 
Coffee N5 - Episode 64: Discovering the Common Path to Uncommon Success with John Lee Dumas John Lee Dumas takes time to chat with us about his journey to becoming the founder and creator of Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast detailing the lives of 3,000+ successful entrepreneurs. He tells us about his time serving in the U.S. Army as …
 
What is the free energy principle? How do our brains use active inference to manage uncertainty and stress? On this episode, we talk with Karl Friston, world-renowned neuroscientist at University College London, about his free energy principle. In order for the human brain or any other self-evidencing system (be it Earthly or alien) to exist, they …
 
Erin Claire Jones is a leadership coach, in this podcast together we will explore the concepts of Human Design and how to incorporate all of that into your day-to-day and improve your interpersonal relationships. Human design is a system collaboration of astrology, the Kabbalah system, genetics, biochemistry, the chakra system, and many others in a…
 
Justin Oberman has been known by many names; The Sherlock of Strategy, The Barnum of Branding, The Copernicus of Copywriting, and The Aristotle (he prefers Asimov) of Advertising. We sit down with Justin to discuss modern advertising, how it's changed over the years, and what it takes to be a copywriter in the industry today. Justin gives us a look…
 
What does the world look like through insect eyes? What biological mechanisms make their vision different from our own? And how might those differences influence their evolution? On this episode, we talk with UC Irvine evolutionary biologist Adriana Briscoe (@AdrianaBriscoe) about color vision in insects, particularly Heliconius butterflies. We dis…
 
Amelia Sordell started her branding business, Klowt, by branding human beings and not just companies. In this podcast with Amelia, she discusses how she got her business up and running through skills and techniques for building confidence, accepting rejection, and focusing on personal branding. Amelia's human-centered marketing approach has generat…
 
When it comes to leadership, and what it takes to lead successfully, everyone has an opinion. However, Jay Weiser has developed The Five Leadership Superpowers℠ as a proven framework for learning to lead! Jay discusses how he came up with these superpowers, how they apply to leadership, and how you can use them to become a better leader. Jay has re…
 
What do we mean by ‘extreme ecological events’? What’s more important to a population, more frequent extremes or changes to average conditions? How should we link the performance of individuals to the success or failure of entire populations? On this episode, we talk with Mark Denny, Stanford University professor of marine science and former direct…
 
Making money in the public speaking industry can seem like an insurmountable goal. So, many factors are involved with finding the right topic, expertise, and audience. Ashley Kirkwood is an accomplished public speaker who has cracked the code to making money in this competitive industry. Ashley explains her ground-breaking framework and valuable le…
 
Season 4 of Big Biology will kick off at the end of August. Before then, Art and Marty have a few updates to share: We're looking for new interns to join our team and help produce the show! Also, we're hiring an executive producer to help with management and episode production. The application is available on the USF career page for a limited time …
 
The strategy is not the only important thing when starting a business, the emotional triggers, and the hard work have the same value. Knowing yourself and how to manage your emotions is the key to knowing how to respond in critical situations. Micaela Passeri, Founder and CEO of Love Your Revolution, puts her business degree, experience, and many c…
 
There are different types of journalism: investigative, watchdog, online, broadcast, opinion, sports, entertainments, among others. Shannan Ferry, an Emmy-nominated anchor and reporter at NY1 News covers a little bit of everything, breaking news, anchoring and traffic reporting and she reveals some tips to achieve quality journalism. She has been r…
 
Is artificial light at night partly responsible for insect declines? How does it affect nocturnal insects, especially fireflies and other species that need darkness to thrive? On this episode of Big Biology, we talk with Avalon Owens (@avalonceleste), a PhD candidate at Tufts University whose research aims to better understand the effects of artifi…
 
It´s important to know how to present yourself to others, to create a story around your person. It's crucial to know what you're trying to achieve in every conversation, just to focus on the relevant information for each scenario, an elevator pitch is not the same as an interview. Olivia Christian, who has been working as a brand strategist for ove…
 
Planning an important event is not as easy as it seems. Logistics, theme, guests, food and beverage, transportation, among others, are some of the most important items that have to be considered to achieve a successful event. Jenny Chang, recognized as one of the country’s ‘Top 50 Event Planners’ by PartySlate, and ‘Top 10’ in Los Angeles by Junebu…
 
What has COVID-19 taught us about preparing for future epidemics? Can we trigger innate immune responses – our first lines of defense - to mitigate novel infections? Can we use live-attenuated vaccines (LAV) meant for other infections to protect us while we develop specific vaccines for new pathogens? On this episode, we talk to virologists Konstan…
 
The rise of influencers affected the marketing plan of every social media campaign. Alessandro Bogliari CEO & Co-Founder of The Influencer Marketing Factory, a global influencer marketing agency that helps brands engage with Gen Z and Millennials on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube, shows the importance of influencer marketing. How to use influencers …
 
Let’s imagine that you wrote a book, your first manuscript. Now what? Do you reach out to a big publishing house or an independent one? What type of deal do you get? Do you try to promote the book yourself? How can you distribute it? What should the book look like? To answer all these questions, and many more, we invite Ardre Orie, celebrity ghostw…
 
What is agency? How does it evolve? Do non-living things have agency? On this episode of Big Biology, we talk with Tufts University professor Michael Levin about his recent article in Aeon magazine called ‘Cognition all the way down’. In it, Mike and Dan Dennett discuss the phenomenon of agency and what it means for biology, basic to medical. We di…
 
A good strategy can help us to achieve our goals, find a solution, and be more efficient. Some people use different strategies in their everyday lives. If you are an entrepreneur, you definitely need to start strategizing to put your name or your brand’s name out there, to be seen and heard. That’s why today we have Eva Jannotta, founder of Simply …
 
When you write for a media outlet or a client, you might have some struggle to deal with your style and point of view and the client’s needs. Today, our guest is Ruksana Hussain, an award-winning journalist who has been writing for over 20 years for national and international print and digital media. She’s also the publisher and editor of Traveler …
 
How do organisms cope with long periods of tough conditions where regular life is impossible? How do some animals turn down their metabolism to levels so low that they can appear dead? How do animals emerge from such deep, low activity states? In this episode of Big Biology, we talk with Jason Podrabsky, a professor of biology at Portland State Uni…
 
Virtual Reality is evolving beyond the entertainment industry. Taylor Freeman, founder and CEO of Axon Park is very aware of the possibilities that VR has to offer. Spatial computing can improve our learning experience, and as Taylor says, it’s not here to replace the real or physical practice, we should see it as a resource to help us to learn pro…
 
Thatiana Diaz is changing the media as the Senior Editor of Somos, the first cross-platform channel for the Latinx community of Refinery29. At Somos, they believe that representation matters, and they work to give voice to the members of the Latinx, knowing that there isn’t just one way to be Latinx. In this episode, Thatiana explains why she wants…
 
Can selection act on ecosystems, societies, or planets such that some persist and others disappear? Must such systems reproduce to evolve? On this episode of Big Biology, we talk to Tim Lenton, Director of the Global Systems Institute (@GSI_Exeter) and a Professor of Climate Change and Earth System Science at the University of Exeter. In his 2021 T…
 
Laura Lee Botsacos went from selling cars to launching her brand of skin-care products, Apollo and Artemis Beauty by Equality. But we all know that being an entrepreneur is not easy, it takes a lot of hard work. What happens after you have your products ready? How do you make your first sales? Laura shares the different challenges she faced with ha…
 
Download Podcast Transcript Change is part of our lives. We move from one role to another, in both our personal and professional lives. Some people might be unhappy with their lives, but afraid to move on, some others don’t know what to do next. Elizabeth Ribons is an entrepreneur, speaker, and founder of NEXT Career & Life, a podcast and community…
 
Are genes the prime movers in evolution, or is causality distributed across multiple levels of organization? What role do organisms play in evolution? Could organismal agency, the propensity to respond actively to selective forces, affect standard evolutionary theory? On this episode, we talk with Denis Walsh, a professor and philosopher of biology…
 
Download Podcast Transcript Finding your dream job in today’s world is not easy. And it’s not easy to get people to stay in your company either. In today’s episode, we have Mindy Worel, from Inside Job Agency, a career coach and recruiter specialized in marketing and advertising. She has worked with Disney, Starz, Saatchi & Saatchi, among others. W…
 
Have you ever felt like the day went by, and you didn’t get much done? Or maybe you looked at all the things that you have to do and thought: I don’t have enough time for this. If so, then this episode is for you. Today’s we have Alexis Haselberger, time management and productivity coach, who will teach us that we do have time, much more than what …
 
What is CRISPR? Who are the key players behind its discovery? And what does it mean for science both now and in the future? On this episode of Big Biology, we talk to renowned author Walter Isaacson (@WalterIsaacson) about his new book, Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. We break down the rich history of …
 
Download Podcast Transcript What do you think when someone says “networking”? Do you feel stressed or anxious? Sara Alepin found out that many people felt this way, and that’s why she founded District Bliss, a company for business owners that want to expand their network. Sara is an extrovert with a facility to make connections, and so she put her …
 
Download Podcast Transcript Stories are important. A good story can captivate us until we lose track of time. But can we use a story, and therefore, storytelling in other environments, like…a company? Hillary Rea thinks we can, and even more: we should. She’s the founder of Tell Me A Story, a communication consulting business that teaches the art o…
 
Why are some corals more resilient to bleaching than others? How should we leverage genetic and epigenetic information to conserve coral diversity? On this episode of Big Biology, we talk with Hollie Putnam (@HolliePutnam), a professor at the University of Rhode Island, about threats to coral reefs and the steps she and her colleagues are taking to…
 
Download Podcast Transcript We all know how important networking is. But did you know that it could be delicious? Nicole Dillon works in marketing and event planning, and she is also a bruncher. Combining the best of two worlds, Nicole created Women Who Brunch, a community of women who love networking, and learning from each other over brunch. High…
 
Download Podcast Transcript Claire Wasserman decided to do her part to eliminate the wage gap. She is the founder and author of Ladies Get Paid, a community that empowers women to get control over their salary and careers. Claire has traveled across the country teaching women how to negotiate, whether it is a raise, holidays, a promotion, nothing i…
 
What can modern hunter-gatherer societies teach us about human energy budgets? What misconceptions do we have about weight loss and weight management? Are there limits to human endurance? On this episode, we talk with Herman Pontzer (@HermanPontzer) of Duke University. We discuss his new book Burn, in which he examines -- and in some cases overturn…
 
Download Podcast Transcript Today’s guest is Sheila Nazarian. Some might know her for one of her several services she provides, from plastic surgery to a platform where you can find business advice. Some might know her for the Netflix show, Skin Decision: Before and After. But today, she is here to talk about her family history, her personal expect…
 
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