In this episode we chat with Erin MacDonald, PhD. Our guest tells us about her experience with Star Trek and how she came to her Trek fandom later in life. Dr Erin shares about her interest in science and she also talks about her opinion of the science in some of her favorite episodes!

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Headshot of Erin MacDonald PhD
Erin MacDonald PhD

Key moments in the show:

  • Why Scotland made Dr Erin feel like she was in the Delta Quadrant
  • How Star Trek helped her connect with colleagues
  • Star Trek tattoos
  • Her first visit to STLV
  • Here is a link to The Tricorder Transmissions podcast network Shore Leave show, which talks about DragonCon, which we reference in the episode.
  • Brief recap of her STLV panels
  • Does being a scientist get in the way of enjoying Star Trek?
  • The giant science flaw in The Martian
  • Her favorite cosplays from different fandoms
  • Her inherited Trek collection of cups and plates
  • The Scully Effect
  • Are transporters death machines? Is a wave-based or particle-based technology?
  • Episodes discussed
    • Into the Forest I Go (Discovery S01E09)
    • Eye of the Needle (Voyager S01E07)
    • Counterpoint (Voyager S05E10)
    • The Way of the Warrior (DS9 S04E01/E02)
    • Darmok (TNG S05E02)

You can check out Dr Erin’s work at any of the following:

Honorary Star Trek title awarded: Director of Stellar Cartography for the Federation Astronomical Committee

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