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Science Studio

Sundays at 7pm

Science Studio is a fascinating 30-minute look into the ever progressing world of science. For nearly fifteen years, the show has taken in depth looks into all aspects of scientific researches and discoveries. Hosts Dr. Keith Pannell and Dr. Russell Chianelli, discuss their concerns on health and the environment. With two educated science connoisseurs, Science Studio helps you understand the inner workings of today’s science.

Science Studio also features Medical Discovery News, a weekly program that provide insights into a broad range of biomedical science topics. Biomedical science is research that addresses human health – from the study of important molecules, to clinical trials of new drugs and therapies. The story of these areas is a window on the future of medicine. We will also offer important basic information about your health. Our hope is that these episodes stimulate you to think, question and appreciate how science impacts you and your world. Medical Discovery News is produced by the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Yale University

WWJD?  What Would Jedis Do?  That's the question Jaehong Kim asked himself when he was designing technology to make water clean and useable for populations that cannot control their water quality.  He talks about how his Jedi approach could lead to innovative coatings and treatments to water bottles.

Jaehong Kim is Chair of the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at Yale University.

Aired Nov. 27, 2016

Most of us have heard of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.  And many of us have also heard of quantum theory. Why don't these two theories correspond to each other?  On this program we'll visit with Ken Wharton of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State University.  He'll explain why he wants to recast quantum theory in a way that's compatible with our current knowledge of Space and Time.  He'll also tell us why the laws of physics work the same forwards as backwards.

Aired Nov 20, 2016

Naval Research Laboratory

Radiation from the sun relentlessly bombards the earth, and our atmosphere protects us from photons and solar wind.  How much does this solar radiation contribute to climate change?  On this program, we'll visit with Judith Lean, researcher with the Naval Research Laboratory's Space Science Division.  She'll talk about solar radiation, solar cycles, and whether these cycles are reflected in the Earth's ever-increasing surface temperature.

Aired Nov 13, 2016

We'll revisit Statistics in this episode with Mindy McCann, Professor and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Statistics at Oklahoma State University.   She'll discuss her early fascination with statistics, and familiarize us with the concepts of Multiple Comparisons, Confidence Intervals, and Error Rates.  McCann will also explain why one can never have a zero-percent error rate in statistical studies.

Aired Nov 6, 2016

Campus Faculty Association, University of Illinois

Lawrence Hubert is Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Psychology, Statistics and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is also a co-author (with Howard Wainer) of the text, “A Statistical Guide for the Ethically Perplexed.”  He joins us on this program to talk about his "accidental" career path that began with Sputnik, and about the controversy that sometimes surrounds statistics and reproducibility.

Aired Oct. 30, 2016

What does it mean for a university to have sustainability practices?  At New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso, efforts are underway to reduce energy costs and they are already showing significant results.  We'll visit with Joni Newcomer, Communications & Sustainability Manager at NMSU; and Luis G. Perez, Manager of Campus Sustainability and Energy Conservation at UTEP.  They'll discuss the successes at their respective campuses, and what they hope to achieve in the future.

Aired Oct. 23, 2016

Labeeda Hameed

Zafra Lerman is a Distinguished Professor of Science and Public Policy Emerita at Columbia College in Chicago.  Lerman is a scientist and a humanitarian, and she was recently recognized for her work with the 2016 Andrei Sakharov Award for human rights from the American Physical Society.  She joins us to tell us why she got involved in humanitarian issues...how she managed to sneak out at nighttime to meet with dissidents while visiting the USSR...and how an idea to bring Middle Eastern scientists together grew into the Malta Conferences, which aims to promote peace by bringing together scientists who might otherwise be stifled by their respective governments to build collaborations and partnerships.  

Aired Oct 16, 2016

Purdue University image/courtesy of Kuhn and Rossmann research groups

Michael Rossmann is the Hanley Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.  He joins us to talk about viruses, namely the Zika virus.  The structure of the Zika virus was discovered by a team at Purdue, and this discovery will provide insights for researchers looking to discover a vaccine or a cure.  We'll learn that the Zika virus was first detected decades ago in Ugandan monkeys, but it is a major health concert today because of the virus' cross-species jump to humans.

Aired Oct. 2, 2016

Systems Ecology Laboratory

Craig Tweedie is director of the UTEP Environmental Science & Engineering Program.  He has traveled all over the world, from the Antarctic to the Arctic studying the impact of climate change on various ecosystems.  He joins us on the program to tell us about the big impact a warming climate has played in Alaska and in the Arctic.  A look back at a half century of research shows that northern Alaska's coastal erosion has increased by 25%-30% in the last 50 years...some regions are losing 8-10 meters of coastline a year.  And an area of ice the size of Texas in the Arctic no longer exists.

Aired Sept 25, 2016

Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences

  Coral reefs worldwide are under stress due to a combination of manmade and natural causes.  Coral bleaching results from warming oceans and other stresses, and on this program we'll visit with Jennifer Keck, Education & Research Coordinator, Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences, Anthony's Key Resort, Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras.  The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef stretches from Mexico down to Honduras, and Keck explains how the Institute has been monitoring the health of the reef at the Bay Islands.  She also talks about a coral nursery program that aims to propagate new reefs from coral fragments attached to a PVC pipe "tree."

http://www.roatanims.org/

Aired Sept 18, 2016

MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences

  Science, when communicated well to an audience, can make a difference in public opinion about topics such as medicine or climate change.  On this program, we'll talk to John C. Besley, Associate Professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in Public Relations at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University.  He studies how our perceptions of science & technology can potentially have health or environmental impacts.  

Aired Sept 11, 2016

  

  The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's largest scientific society, and this year they will be selecting a new president to serve in 2017.  On this program, we'll hear from this year's candidates: Peter K. Dorhout, Vice President for Research at Kansas State University, and Thomas R. Gilbert, Acting Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University.  The candidates will talk about some of the issues important to the chemical community, including the rising unemployment rates of newly-graduated chemists.

Learn more about the candidates at http://www.peterdorhoutacs.com/ and https://sites.google.com/site/thomasgilbertacs/.

Aired Sept 4, 2016

Oregon State University

**Rebroadcast from Feb. 24, 2013**  

Keith talks with May Nyman, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Oregon State University.  She talks about her time at Sandia National Laboratories researching nuclear waste management and using titanium dioxide to quickly and more efficiently absorb radioactive strontium, neptunium, and plutonium.  She also talks about the benefits of virtual collaboration with other universities on conducting research. 

http://nyman.chem.oregonstate.edu/

Aired Aug. 28, 2016.

  

  

  *Rebroadcast from Feb 10, 2013*

Keith talks with Gregory O.D. Smith, Chairman of URENCO United Kingdon, and Chief Cultural Officer at URENCO Group.  At the time of this interview in 2012, Smith was president and CEO of EURENCO, a uranium enrichment company located in Eunice, New Mexico.  Smith talks about the large, fast centrifuges that separate uranium-238 from uranium-235 and result in an enriched uranium product for nuclear power plants. www.eurenco.com

Aired Aug 21, 2016

Texas A&M

  

*Rebroadcast from Feb 3, 2013*

  Keith & Russ talk with Kevin Burgess, Professor of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station TX.  Burgess talks about the importance of learning how proteins interact, and which molecules interact best with others.  Resulting research has led to advances in fighting HIV, diabetes, and cancer.  Burgess also talks about his work with florescent molecules and how they can be used to mark DNA strands or view interactions between proteins inside a cell. 

Aired Aug. 14, 2016

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

 

   **Rebroadcast from Dec. 16, 2012**  

Keith & Russ talk with Jason White, from the Department of Analytical Chemistry at the Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station.  White talks about testing the toxicity of nanomaterials against plants.  He has found that smaller particles of nanomaterials such as silver tend to be more toxic than larger particles, especially when they begin to accumulate. 

Aired Aug. 7, 2016.

  

  *Rebroadcast from Dec. 2, 2012*

Keith talks with Allen Hermann, a physicist who has worked and taught at universities such as the University of Colorado and Tulane University, and at scientific hubs such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Solar Energy Research Institute.  Hermann talks about his past groundbreaking research, how he missed a chance at making millions with one of his discoveries, and about his rewarding life as a jazz trombonist. 

Aired July 31, 2016

University of South Carolina

  *Rebroadcast from Nov 25, 2012*

Keith & Russ talk to Lawrence Reagan, a stress neurologist with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience.  Reagan talks about how stress affects the brain, with an emphasis on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the connections between obesity & depression.  http://ppn.med.sc.edu/lreagan.asp

Aired July 24, 2016.

UC Davis

  

  *Originally aired Nov 11, 2012*

Keith & Russ talk with geophysicist Kenneth Verosub, Distinguished Professor of Geology at the University of California at Davis.  Verosub talks about the tens-of-thousands of years it takes for the Earth’s magnetic poles to reverse, and he also discusses ways that countries might resolve water issues when a major water system is shared internationally, such as the Rio Grande along the US/Mexico Border, or the Jordan River or the Tigris/Euphrates in the Middle East.

Aired July 17, 2016.

University of Michigan

  

  

  *Rebroadcast from Nov 4, 2012*

Keith & Russ talk with Terry Robinson, professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Department of Psychology,  University of Michigan.  Robinson talks about the long-term effects on the brain of exposure to addictive psychostimulants. 

Aired July 10, 2016.

    **Rebroadcast from Sept. 29, 2013**

  Keith & Russ talk with Vladimir Skokov, a research associate with the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  Skokov talks particle physics, specifically quarks and gluons.  He also touches on plasma and String Theory. http://www.bnl.gov/physics/NTG/people/skokov.php

Aired July 3, 2016.

Natural Resources Conservation Service

**Rebroadcast from Jan 27, 2013**

Keith talks with Francisco Molinar, District Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Molinar is an agricultural engineer, and he talks about water conservation in the desert.  Some crops actually benefit from the hot, dry conditions in the Chihuahuan Desert, but specialized irrigation and  land-leveling techniques will be crucial in conserving water in the future.  Aired June 26, 2016.

Allan J. Jacobson Group

  **re-broadcast from Jan. 20, 2013**

Keith & Russ talk with Allan J. Jacobson, Professor of Chemistry, and Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity, at the University of Houston.  Jacobson briefly explains the nature of superconductivity - when certain materials are cooled below a certain temperature, they lose all resistance to electricity, they repel magnetic fields, and become perfect conductors of electricity.  Though it's not fully understood how these superconducting materials work, the Texas Center for Superconductivity is looking into ways to get materials to become superconductive at higher temperatures.  http://tcsuh.com/

Aired June 19, 2016.

  

  **Re-broadcast from Dec. 30, 2012**  

Keith & Russ talk with Gaylene Fasenko, Associate Professor, Companion Animals, College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University.  Fasenko talks about her early career in avian embryology, and how she eventually made the move to study companion animals and their relationship with humans.  She also talks about the evolution of the domestication of dogs, and about the dangers of overly-selective breeding of dogs. 

Aired June 12, 2016.

buffalostate.edu

  **Re-broadcast from June 19, 2011**

Dr. Bruce Johnstone is Professor Emeritus at the University of Buffalo and was named SUNY Chancellor Emeritus in 2014.  In this 2011 interview, we'll hear Johnstone talk about the challenges facing higher education, including the increasing costs of a higher education and the job shortages facing college graduates.  How can universities survive the current economy and state budget cuts?

Aired June 5, 2016

  Dr. Diana Natalicio is the President of the University of Texas at El Paso.  In addition to a number of awards and accolades, she was recently named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2016.  Dr. Natalicio began her academic career in the social sciences, namely as a linguist.   She joins us on this program to tell us about her time serving on the National Science Board and fighting to get UTEP on par with other high-level universities represented on the board.  The discussion will also touch upon STEM, the rising costs of higher education, and the increasing trend of multidisciplinary education.

Aired May 29, 2016.

  Brad Udall is the Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist at the Colorado Water Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Agriculture makes up 80% of all water use in the Western United States.  How can we make water use more efficient for big agriculture and for the regular consumer?  Udall also talks about why Western states have vastly different water rights laws on the books.

Aired May 22, 2016

  

  Jennifer K. Richer is Professor and Co-Director of the Cancer Center Pathology Core at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.  She is a UTEP alumnus, and she joins us to tell us about how her early work with parasites led to breast cancer research.  Richer walks us through the role of hormones in cancer cell reproduction, and how her research into hormones targets hormone receptors in cancer cells.

Aired May 15, 2016

  Dave Steele spent 30 years as an employee of Shell Oil, having spent many years searching for hydrocarbon sources across the globe.  He talks to us about the conventional ways of drilling for oil and the unconventional methods, which include hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."  Is there an advantage or disadvantage to each method?  Plus, he explains why the price of oil is mostly driven by global politics, not by supply & demand.

Aired May 8, 2016

  John R. Graef is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.  Graef is interested in biological modeling, namely how to mathematically model the spread of antibiotic-resistant disease in hospital ICUs.

Aired May 1, 2016

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