We’re back with another episode of What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up and on today’s episode, we have Ms. Catherine Reon joining us. Ms. Reon is the co-owner of CRKW studio, an architecture and design firm in Sacramento where she is the principal designer for interiors. Ms. Reon has decades of experience working at both a big company and in her own firm. She knows her way around materials and hardware and how to create a space perfect for the project; whether it is commercial, residential, or multi-family. As you tune in today, you’ll hear from Ms. Reom about what sparked her interest in interior design, what her day-to-day job entails, and the different team members she often works closely with. She tells us about the difference between an interior designer and an interior architect, why it’s important to take your education as far as you can, and what her career journey looked like. This is a jam-packed episode with tons of information on all things related to interior design and what you can expect from a career in this field. Ms. Reon has always been very passionate about what she does and is very inspiring! So don’t miss out on this epic episode and tune in now!
Key Points From This Episode:
- More about Ms. Reon, who she is, and what she does!
- How long she has been an interior designer and what initially sparked her interest in design.
- Ms. Reon tells us about her educational journey toward becoming an interior designer.
- She describes what her job as an interior designer entails; her day-to-day.
- She explains the different members of team designers could (potentially) work with.
- The difference between an interior designer and an interior architect.
- Why you should take your education as far as you can: flexibility later on in your career.
- Why Ms. Reon splits her work 50/50 into commercial and residential industries.
- She explains the difference between commercial and residential jobs.
- We hear about the different programs used by interior designers.
- Which skills are required to become an interior architect.
- How Ms. Reon got to where she is today in her career.
- What inspired Ms. Reon to start her own business.
- The best thing about owning your own business is.
- She talks about the process of taking on a new job or new client.
- Where she gets her inspiration from.
- Why she loves working with materials.
- How she keeps up with codes and interior trends.
- What Ms. Reon likes best about her.
- She describes a typical workday for an interior designer.
- How to grow your interior design business according to Ms. Reon.
- The advice she would give to someone wanting to pursue a career in interior design.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
More episodes from "What do u want to be when u grow up?!"
"Dr. Ban Truong, the ER Doctor!" - Part 2
25:56We’re back with Dr. Ban Truong, the all-in-one emergency trauma specialist, and we pick up our conversation with Dr. Ban explaining the chain reactions that occur in our bodies, as well as the importance of always asking “why”. We discover why emergency medicine training is more intensive than your standard medical school practices before taking a journey through two of our guest’s most eyewatering cases. Finally, Dr. Ban gives us the definition of being “boarded”, an explanation of the work of a physician nutrition specialist, and he shares some important advice that every young and aspiring medical professional needs to hear. Key Points From This Episode:Medicinal chain reactions and the importance of asking “why”. How Dr. Ban’s emergency medicine training differed from standard medical school teachings. A journey through two of his most interesting and bizarre cases. What it means to be boarded, and what a physician nutrition specialist does. Dr. Ban’s advice for those who are looking to follow a similar career path. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. Ban Truong on LinkedIn UC Davis Dr. Greg Rosellini on LinkedIn Think Dirty
"Dr. Ban Truong, the ER Doctor!" - Part 1
35:29From a young age, today’s guest, Dr. Ban Truong, was pushed by his parents to become a doctor, and his hard work ethic brought their dream to fruition – earlier than anyone expected! Dr. Ban’s professional trajectory is unique, as apart from finishing school early and getting his bachelor’s degree at a young age; he also acquired his PhD before attending medical school. In our conversation, our guest walks us through his professional journey and how he became a jack-of-all-trades. Then, we discover how his hands-on experience as a researcher made medical school a little easier before diving into his childhood and getting a sense of his incredible work ethic. We also learn about the role of amino acids in the body, what Dr. Ban did after completing his residency, how moonlighting helped shape the doctor he is today, and how he fell in love with the emergency. But that’s not all! Be sure to come back for part 2 of our conversation with the sensational Dr. Ban Truong! Key Points From This Episode:Introducing the ER specialist, Dr. Ban Truong as he explains his professional background. How Dr. Ban became a jack-of-all-trades, and details on his days as a researcher. How his early hands-on experience in research helped him conquer medical school. A brief lesson on amino acids. Exploring Dr. Ban’s childhood and his remarkable work ethic. His trajectory after residency (having already attained his PhD before medical school). How moonlighting helped with his transition from residency to actually working in a hospital.The moment he decided to be a doctor, and how he honed in on the emergency room. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. Ban Truong on LinkedIn UC Davis Dr. Dorothy Gietzen on LinkedIn Dr. Greg Rosellini on LinkedIn Dr. Edward Hughes on WebMD
Don't miss an episode of “What do u want to be when u grow up?!” and subscribe to it in the GetPodcast app.
"Dr. David Liang, Cardiologist at Stanford University!" - Part 2
50:29Welcome back to What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up for the second part of our conversation with Dr. David Liang, and he continues our discussion by explaining what you’ll typically find on a resident’s schedule. We talk about the factors that lead people away from applying to medical school, the attributes of a good doctor, the transition between medical school and working at a hospital, and the (many) tests that you’ll need to take to become a cardiologist. After explaining why California is a haven for doctors, our guest walks us through his standard work day and the procedures he performs, the differences between cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, the most bizarre case he’s ever encountered, and how Google is reshaping the landscape of modern medicine. Dr. Liang is a people’s person, and forming relationships is his favorite part of his job. He describes Marfan Syndrome in great detail and explains why this condition is one of his main concerns. With the advancement of technology and medical innovations, now is the perfect time to get into medicine, and Dr. Liang graciously leaves us with encouraging words of advice for any young, aspiring medical professionals. Key Points From This Episode:Dr. David Liang explains what a resident’s schedule looks like. How the high workload and intensive hours turn people away from studying medicine. Why the medical school admissions process is a bigger problem than we may realize. The traits of a good doctor. How one quickly gets over the gruesome aspect of medicine after enough exposure. Dr. Liang breaks down the transition from medical school to working at a hospital. A brief interlude on using animal hearts for experiments and teaching. The tests you need to take to become a doctor and specifically, a cardiologist. Why our guest chose to practice medicine in California. A typical work day in the life of Dr. Liang, and the procedures he most commonly performs. The differences between the tools of a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon. Why cardiologists should always be aware of the rest of the body as well. Dr. Liang’s most interesting and bizarre case that involved nicotine gum as the treatment. The power of Google in modern medicine. What our guest loves most about his job, and how he goes about finding new patients. The ins and outs of Marfan syndrome, and why Dr. Liang is focused on the condition. Why now is a great time to get into medicine, and Dr. Liang’s advice to aspiring medical professionals. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. David Liang on LinkedInDr. David Liang Stanford ProfileStanford Health CareHoag Medical Group | Dr. David Liang The Marfan FoundationACME Meat Company Jonathan LarsonVincent Covello John Ritter Magic Johnson James Carter
"Dr. David Liang, Cardiologist at Stanford University!" - Part 1
32:03If you’ve read this episode’s title and you’re wondering if we have an actual doctor on the show, the answer is a resounding, yes! We are thrilled to welcome Dr. David Liang from Stanford Health Care, who is here to talk to us about what it takes to succeed as a medical professional. We begin by examining Dr. Liang’s other exploits before he began studying medicine, the role that engineering played in kickstarting his medical career, and the type of students and subject matter that he covers in his lectures. After giving us a behind-the-scenes peek into the medical school process, Dr. Liang explains the differences between a residency and an internship, the career trajectory for graduating doctors (inducing details of his own journey from high school to running a private practice), and why he would encourage everyone to pursue a career in an industry that they’re naturally skilled in. We also dive deeper into pursuing research as a vocation, how medical grants are issued in America, and so much more. But wait! We are not done yet, so be sure to tune into part 2 of our riveting conversation with the remarkable Dr. David Liang for more helpful insights into the medical profession. Key Points From This Episode:Introducing Stanford’s Dr. David Liang, as he describes who he is and what he does. A bit more on Dr. Liang’s teaching and research exploits. How his medical venture began with a combination of medicine and engineering. His usual student demographic, and the content he covers in his lectures. Insight into the medical school process. Dr. Liang explains residency and internship, and the differences between the two. How doctors can go about looking for work once their studies are complete. Dr. Liang’s journey from high school to medical school to eventually his own private practice.Why people should strive to look for work in fields that they’re naturally talented in.How to pursue research as a career in medicine.When research turns into experimentation and beyond.How grants for medicine are issued in the USA. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. David Liang on LinkedInDr. David Liang Stanford ProfileStanford Health CareHoag Medical Group | Dr. David Liang MIT B.F. Skinner
"Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum!" - Part 2
40:42Welcome back to part two of this incredible miniseries, where we speak to Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator at Crocker Art Museum about what it means to be a museum curator. As an author who has written extensively about art, Mr. Shields builds on our conversation from last time by letting us in on the cost and effort of creating an exhibition catalog and sharing some of the books he has written. Tuning in today, you’ll learn more about the little title cards that go next to the artworks in a museum, how the meaning of art has evolved over time, and what makes it valuable in the first place. Mr. Shields also gives us a glimpse into the career path that led him to Crocker, from what he studied and where to how he gained experience in the art world through internships, plus so much more! As he says, there is no such thing as a “typical day” for a museum curator, but that’s part of what he loves about his job. To hear Mr. Shields’ advice for aspiring curators and find out if you have what it takes to become one, be sure to join us for this inspiring and informative conversation!Key Points From This Episode:Mr. Shields’ career as a writer and the role that catalogs play in exhibitions.The amount of work that goes into creating a book about a particular show.Insight into museum title cards; which display information about each artwork.Some of the books that Mr. Shields has written on artists over the years.The story of his passion for Californian art and the career path that led him to Crocker.Mr. Shields’ time as a student and his interest in art growing up.How his creativity serves him in his day-to-day work as a curator.What he loves most about his job, from acquiring new artworks to installing exhibitions.Artists on Mr. Shields’ “wishlist” that he would love to add to the Crocker collection.Ways that the meaning of art evolves and changes over time.Unpacking what makes art valuable: rarity, quality, fame, and more!A look at Mr. Shields’ personal favorite period in art history.Why internships are key for anyone interested in becoming a museum curator.What a “typical day” looks like for Mr. Shields at the Crocker Museum.Current and upcoming exhibitions that you can visit at Crocker!Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Scott Shields on LinkedInCrocker Art MuseumAI Am I?A Marriage of Arts & Crafts: Evelyn and William De MorganArtists Rights SocietyE. Charlton Fortune: The Colorful SpiritArmin Hansen: The Artful VoyageRichard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942-1955Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and DrawingsA Touch Of Blue: Landscapes by Gregory KondosGranville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette
"Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum!" - Part 1
32:55Art museums enable us to see and engage with contemporary and historic artworks that we otherwise wouldn’t have access to. It takes a very special person and a considerable amount of time and effort to obtain these items, verify their authenticity, store them properly, and curate exhibitions around them. To learn more, we’re joined by Mr. Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator at Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. He grew up in Nebraska, has a master's degree and a Ph.D. in art history, and has curated many impressive exhibitions at the Crocker; drawing in large numbers of people who flock to the museum for a chance to view its collection of art and ceramics. Mr. Shields is also an author, having written books and catalogs about art. In this episode, he tells us what it takes to be a museum curator, from building relationships with art collectors to keeping up with the sometimes fickle art world and everything in between! Tuning in, you’ll find out how artworks are loaned, what goes into fine art logistics, where Mr. Shields gets ideas for new exhibitions, and what he considers when adding a new piece to the museum collection, plus so much more. This was a super interesting and incredibly insightful interview, so be sure to tune in (and stay tuned for part two!)Key Points From This Episode:The varied responsibilities that Mr. Shields has in his capacity as chief curator.Insight into the Crocker, the oldest art museum in the Western United States.Different curatorial departments that Mr. Shields oversees at the Crocker.Loans, insurance, shipping, and more: what goes into putting an exhibition together.Why relationship-building is such an important part of Mr. Shields’ job.Opportunities for travel and access to private art collections.The sometimes complex nature of fine art logistics!What makes good art: assessing worthwhile additions to the museum collection.Keeping up with modern and contemporary art and why the art world isn’t always fair.Where Mr. Shields gets ideas for upcoming exhibitions and how he markets them.Art storage, artwork preservation, and curating every aspect of the exhibition space.Stay tuned for part two of our conversation with Mr. Scott Shields!Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Scott Shields on LinkedInCrocker Art MuseumBreaking the Rules: Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown
“Ms. Emily Lo - Davis Fire Dept Battalion Chief!" - Part 2
26:09Some jobs are more than a career — they’re a calling! Ms. Emily Lo, Fire Department Battalion Chief, considers firefighting one such role. During Part 2 of our conversation, we dive into the relationship between the police and the fire department and the difference between a fire truck and a fire engine before Ms. Lo shares the story of one of the first fires she put out at age 20. She shares the process of moving up in the ranks and the typical daily calls she receives, before discussing why she doesn’t consider her job to be about her, but rather the people she serves. We explore balancing family life with a career at the fire department, setting priorities, and her favorite aspects of the job. To finish, we discuss the amazing sense of teamwork that Ms. Lo considers a highlight of the job. Tune in to hear all this and more from our trailblazing guest! Key Points From This Episode:The relationship between the police and the fire department. Distinguishing between a fire truck and a fire engine and which one carries water.The story of one of Ms. Lo’s first fires at the age of 20. Why the worst calls she receives involve children. How many calls she receives per day. The process of advancing ranks in the fire department. When firefighters in different cities work together. Why firefighting is by far the most rewarding career that Ms. Lo can think of. Why she doesn’t consider her job to be about her, but the people she serves. Balancing family life with a career as a firefighter.Learning that something’s got to give, and she cannot take on certain responsibilities.Ms. Lo’s favorite aspects of her job: helping to deliver babies, when things go well at work, teamwork and more.
“Ms. Emily Lo - Davis Fire Dept Battalion Chief!” - Part 1
41:17In this episode, we hear from Emily Lo, who is the Batallion Chief at the Davis Fire Department. She has been a firefighter for 32 years, and female Asian-American battalion chief in the City of Davis. She is a member of the Davis Firefighters Union and the Women's Commission Mentoring Program, where she mentors aspiring female firefighters. Tuning in, you’ll hear all about the responsibilities of a firefighter, the ‘four ups’ that she teaches her rookies to live by, and some of the skills necessary to excel as a firefighter. You’ll also hear what a typical week looks like for Miss Lo, different physical training requirements, and why it is so important to have a supportive team in this industry. You’ll also hear all about how she empowers other women in the field through mentorship and recruitment, how requirements differ between departments and areas, and much more! Tune in to hear more of Part 1 of this inspiring conversation today. Key Points From This Episode:Meet Miss Emily Lo, the female Asian-American battalion chief in the City of Davis.What the responsibilities of a firefighter are at every level of seniority leading up to Batallion Chief.The ‘four ups’ to live by that Miss Lo teaches her rookies.Skills and abilities necessary to succeed as a firefighter including navigation, maths, and more. The typical hours a week worked by firefighters - 56 to 72 hours per week.Miss Lo’s journey to becoming a firefighter and her 32-year career in the field. Why she sees firefighting as a lifelong calling. What firefighting training entails overall. Different physical training requirements for different areas.What it’s like to be the first Asian American Woman to reach the rank of a Batallion Chief.Why it’s so important to have a supportive team.Her experience of transitioning from Taiwan to the US and how sports helped her to make friends. What makes a good team and how to build trust with your teammates. Miss Lo’s experience training other female firefighters.How the Women's Commission Mentoring Program was formed and what their recruitment efforts entail. Differing requirements at different fire departments. Miss Lo’s presentation ‘A Day in the Life of a Firefighter’ at the firefighting job expo.Breathing in smoky environments and how it changes with exposure.What a typical workday looks like for Miss Lo at the moment. What firefighters typically do when they’re not on call.The role of area familiarization in firefighting.
"Dr. James Fann - Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Stanford University!"
1:13:12Joining us today on What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up, is a cardiothoracic surgeon by the name of Dr. James Fann. Dr. Fann works at the Stanford University Medical Center. He attended Northwestern for both his college and medical school degrees, and then he did his residency and fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Fann is part of an amazing summer internship at Stanford called The Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship (CSSSI), which allows high school students to gain hands-on experience and insights from distinguished doctors and surgeons about their daily work, human anatomy, and their professional lives. Join the conversation as we hear what being a cardiothoracic surgeon is all about, how Dr. Fann got interested in medicine, and why he believes the internal drive and digging deep into your why is crucial. Listen in to hear more about the CSSSI program and his advice to those interested in pursuing a similar career. This is a jam-packed episode, so don’t miss out. Start listening now!Key Points From This Episode:Dr. Fann tells us more about himself and what he does as a cardiothoracic surgeon.He defines the role of a cardiothoracic surgeon and the type of work he does.The difference between adult cardiac surgery and congenital heart surgery.How experience steered him into the field of medicine and led him to specialize as an adult cardiothoracic surgeon.Dr. Fann shares his thoughts on the internal drive: why we are the way we are and what motivates us.What he was like as a younger student, his work ethic, and taking advantage of opportunities.He talks about the different internships he participated in during high school.His favorite subjects in school.We talk about the exploratory process in college: How do you determine what to major in, at this point in your life (high school)?Where he went to college and what he majored in.His opinion on the accelerated program at Northwestern: a combined program of a two-year undergrad and four years of medical school.An important question to ask yourself before deciding on what to do (after high school). Where he grew up and why he decided to go to Northwestern.The prerequisites, in terms of classes and tests, to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.What convinced Dr. Fann that becoming a surgeon was what he could and wanted to be.He shares his experience of medical school and residency.Dr. Fann recounts his first time seeing a human heart and the inside of the human body.How the flow (of things) helps make decisions. He talks about how he stays focused and awake during long operations.We hear about some of the longest operations he’s been a part of and the frequency of them. Did he have to take the MCAT?Dr. Fan talks about the stress levels of his job and what it means to be on-call. The most common cases he sees and the diagnosis and treatment that follows.A typical day as a cardiothoracic surgeon and more about his job specifics. His favorite aspect of working as a cardiothoracic surgeon. How he got into CSSSI (the internship).A quick summary of what CSSSI is. Advice to those interested in pursuing a similar career path as Dr. Fann.Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:Dr. James FannStanford UniversityThe Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Summer Internship
"Chemistry Around Us!"
28:25Chemistry is all around us. Once you know what to look for, it’s impossible not to see! This episode is all about the wonders of chemistry and how it is present in the world around us. Instead of tuning into an interview, get ready to learn a bunch of interesting facts about the fascinating world of chemistry. Biochemistry and the body’s processes, redox reactions, and electrochemistry kick off our journey before we dive into the weird and wonderful world of thermal chemistry and how it relates to our daily lives. Learn about energy changes, calories and chemical potential, and changes in temperature and state. Sharpen up your knowledge about hydrogen bonding and electronegativity. Find out why water’s high specific heat is a good thing and much more today. After listening to today’s episode, you won’t see the world the same way! Key Points From This Episode:Why this episode is a little different from the usual format. How learning about chemistry changes your perception of the world around us. The different kinds of chemistry, starting with biochemistry. Ways that the body uses carbohydrates and fructose to power itself.The chemical makeup of a carbohydrate,Redox reactions in electrochemistry: reduction and oxidization.Laboratory and industrial applications of redox reactions.Thermal chemistry and energy changes. The different kinds of energy and their units.Differentiating between calories and the associated chemical potential.Changes of temperature and state.Hydrogen bonding and electronegativity. How the periodic table is arranged with electronegativity in mind.Water’s high specific heat and why it’s a good thing.How this applies to the temperature of the ocean. The energy needed for water to change temperature. The technical definition of boiling. Why chemistry really is everywhere.