- By Dana Sparks
In the Loop: Bill Nye Saves the World — With Help From Dr. Kristin Swanson
Kristin Swanson, Ph.D., a math oncologist at Mayo Clinic, was recently a guest on "Bill Nye Saves the World," telling the science guy about her work to improve cancer treatments.
Kristin Swanson, Ph.D., is used to presenting her work in front of an audience. Though not usually a live studio audience. But this summer, Dr. Swanson, a math oncologist at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus, did just that, talking about new approaches to treating brain tumors with the science guy himself, Bill Nye.
"It was a great experience," Dr. Swanson tells us of her time on the set of "Bill Nye Saves the World," which began, as such things sometimes do these days, with a tweet. It seems the program nabs some of its guests through the hashtag #BillMeetScienceTwitter. Dr. Swanson decided to take a shot at getting on the show, tweeting: "Hi @BillNye. I am a math oncologist building opt patient specific-Rx for #GBM #EveryPatientDeservesTheirOwnEquation #BillMeetScienceTwitter." A few weeks later, she received an email from a producer asking her to get in touch. "At first I thought it was a joke," Dr. Swanson tells us. But another email followed, and she was soon making plans to travel to Culver City, California, and getting ready for her close-up. Read the rest of Kristin's story.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.