Episode 234 Science & Storytelling with Lisa Mullan

Guest Info - Lisa Mullan

A biochemist by training, slightly maverick by design.

She passionately believes children are much more capable than we give them credit for. Her characters are slightly wacky types looking for adventure on the outside. On the inside they are subliminal science gurus, inveigling DNA representation into a child's imagination.

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Show Notes

Nerdfest! Women in science! Writers! This week, Vicky is joined by biochemist Lisa Mullan, who turns DNA into little characters and writes stories to help children learn. Science and storytelling - two of our favourite things. Tune in to find out how Lisa uses storytelling to educate... and why it's crucial no matter what industry you're in.


Key Points

  • [1:15] A little bit about Lisa and what she does for...science!
  • [3:05] How did Lisa go from PhD to teaching children?
  • [9:25] Where is the future of science headed?
  • [10:15] What are Dinky Amigos?
  • [15:10] Lisa tries to think like a child when she writes her books and repeats complex concepts in different ways to help them understand.
  • [17:15] Why is storytelling so important in education?
  • [23:40] Why are school textbooks so dry? Adults learn through storytelling as well.
  • [28:10] Lisa discusses why she decided to write a new book about COVID.
  • [29:40] Education in a traditional institution is suffering.
  • [32:30] YouTube is an amazing resource for learning. There is even a song that teaches you the 100 digits of pi!
  • [38:05] Lisa’s tip for storytelling: Make it age appropriate and weave the education and information in.

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