46: The Ig Nobel Prize

In an annual ceremony at Harvard University, the Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that "first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK.” It's a quirky and entertaining tradition, and we've featured their 2020 ​A​wards in this episode of the podcast. Hear from Susan, Duncan, and Camerom, who discuss their favorite Ig Nobel Prize winners, and learn more about the ​30-year-old tradition organized by the Annals of Improbable Research. "The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology."

Music by Solomon Krause-Imlach.


Duncan Bell

Duncan is a science educator at Fizzics Education, an Australian organization that puts on science shows and workshops for kids. Coming from a social research background, Duncan joined the growing Fizzics team in 2018 to further his passion for all things science and currently co-hosts the FizzicsTWIST podcast. A physics fanatic, a chemistry casanova, and a biology buff, Duncan’s enthusiasm for science literally knows no bounds.

Cameron Spencer

Cameron is a designer and web developer. He is the founder of Lab 43.

Susan Rogers Van Katwyk

Susan Rogers Van Katwyk is the Research Director for global antimicrobial resistance at the Global Strategy Lab at York University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa and her work focuses on generating evidence-informed policy recommendations for global health threats. She loves hiking, curling, and craft beer.