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. 

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

Alan Bassindale

  

  Alan Bassindale is the retired Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching, at Open University, a distance & learning university based in Milton Keynes, England.  With a current enrollment of over 200,000, this experiment in open enrollment has expanded opportunities of higher education to a world-wide community.  Bassindale talks about the advantages and challenges to this educational institution which was modeled on American universities.  http://www.open.ac.uk/

Aired April 24, 2016

McMaster University

  Michael A. Brook was the recent recipient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry by the American Chemical Society.  Brook is also a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  On this program, host Keith Pannell travels to San Diego to talk with Brook about silicon chemistry.  We're more familiar with silicon chemistry than you might think.  Those products that moisturize our hands, keep our hair soft and our sheets silky are made that way because of silicon.  

http://www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca/silicone/

Aired April 17, 2016

  Geologist Ruth Barrett performs exploration and evaluation work for mining and exploration companies.  She has also worked in gold exploration...she has worked at the Johnson Space Center studying lunar rocks and meteorites...she is a pilot, a member of the 99s, and had previously served in the Civil Air Patrol.  She joins us to talk about her varied career and about why women CAN have it all - a career and family.  Barrett also makes a strong argument as to why women are especially well-suited for careers in science and engineering.

Aired April 10, 2016

https://pasquali.rice.edu/

  Materials scientists are researching fascinating materials that can revolutionize technology. Matteo Pasquali, Professor of Chemistry and Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry at Rice University, tells us about graphene - a single layer of carbon atoms that can conduct electricity faster than most metals, and it is thin enough that it can even be sewn into clothing as a fiber to create wearable tech! Graphene can also be "painted" on surfaces, and may eventually help repair damaged tissue with no risk of scarring or rejection. https://pasquali.rice.edu/ Aired April 3, 2016

University of Massachusetts Medical School

  Dr. Jean King has a number of impressive titles: Associate Provost for Biomedical Science Research...Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Neurology...and Director, Center for Comparative NeuroImaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School.  She talks with us about neuroimaging, which involves looking at the chemistry of the brain in a non-invasive manner.  Research includes having subjects perform specific tasks and performing no tasks at all.  The brain of someone with a psychiatric or neurological disorder will react differently to these experiments than those with no disorder.

Plus, Dr. King will share with us her views on how women can become successful scientists while still raising a family, and why diversity is key in scientific research.

Aired March 27, 2016

    Cisplatin is a commonly used cancer drug, but use its use in children sometimes leads to permanent hearing loss.  Tim Hanson, Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics, University of South Carolina, joins us to tell us how statistics is making it possible for health professionals to determine whether the drugs are indeed harmful and whether alternative treatment is preferable for these young patients.

Aired March 20, 2016

  

  Susan Richardson is the Arthur Sease Williams Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of  South Carolina.  Richardson studies drinking water quality.  The water that we drink is treated with agents that kill harmful pathogens, but those agents will often oxidize with organic matter to transform into equally-harmful Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs).  Richardson will discuss the research that goes into controlling these DBPs in our drinking water.

Aired March 13, 2016

Discovery Institute

  Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle.   A former geophysicist and college professor, he has authored the New York Times best seller 'Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design' (HarperOne, 2013), as well as 'Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design' (HarperOne, 2009).  He joins us on the next Science Studio to talk with Keith Pannell and guest co-host Ricardo Bernal to talk about why he believes Intelligent Design best explains the complexity of life over Darwin’s theory of evolution.  

http://www.discovery.org

Aired March 6, 2016

  Vanadium is a little-known chemical element and a transition metal.  It is also an element that's currently being tested for use in anti-diabetic agents.  Vanadium compounds are shown in clinical trials to normalize blood glucose levels.  Debbie Crans, a Professor of Chemistry at Colorado State University, will join us to tell us more about this common element which can be found in soils, seeds, water, and even your mug of beer.

Aired Feb. 28, 2016

UCLA

  Sarah H. Tolbert is Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She joins us to tell us about her research into building nanoscale materials for use in rapidly-charging batteries.  Most cell phone batteries take a few hours to charge.  Electric vehicles also take several hours to charge.  Tolbert's research would make it easier for ions to travel through these nano-porous networks to deliver a charge at a significantly faster rate.

http://tolbert.chem.ucla.edu/

Aired Feb. 21, 2016

  In a rebroadcast from a June 2011 interview, host Keith Pannell interviews Barry Marrs, Chief Technical Officer with Athena Biotechnologies Inc.  Marrs describes the fascinating ways bacteria reproduce, and how the cost of ethanol can be significantly cut by using bacteria that function under higher temperatures.

Aired Feb 14, 2016

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

  Dr. Jim Murphy, Associate Professor in New Mexico State University's Astronomy Department will give us a primer on Mars.  What is the composition of the Martian atmosphere, and how do scientists determine that information?  Martian weather has many similarities with Earth's weather: seasons, dust storms, and weather systems.  The Martian day is also very similar to Earth's 24-hour cycle.

Aired Feb. 7, 2016

NASA

  Science Studio continues its exploration of Science Magazine's Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015.

Reta Beebe of the New Mexico State University Astronomy Department joins us to tell us about the amazing discoveries the New Horizons spacecraft made about Pluto's nitrogen atmosphere.

Stephen Pate of the NMSU Physics Department untangles Quantum Entanglement, and why particles on an atomic level and smaller appear to follow a different law than Newton's laws of physics.

Aired Jan. 31, 2016

  Science Magazine recently published the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this program we'll explore 2 of these breakthroughs.

Kyle Johnson of the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences tells us about the development of an Ebola vaccine which could potentially halt the spread of this deadly virus.  The vaccine actually employs the use of another virus to launch an Ebola protein that our immune systems can fight.  This strategy was previously used for small pox.

Aaron Velasco of UTEP's Department of Geological Sciences tells us about the discovery that magma plumes can go as deep down as the core-mantle boundary of the Earth...where the outer liquid core intersects with the rock mantle.

http://www.sciencemag.org

Aired Jan. 24, 2016

Val Altounian, Science Magazine

  Science Magazine recently reported on the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this episode of Science Studio, we'll learn about two of them: CRISPR Gene Editing Technology, and Reproducibility in Psychology.

Charlotte Vines and Colin Bill of the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences, tell us how CRISPR allows scientists to deliberately edit DNA to stop the expression of a particular protein.  Drs. Vines and Bill are attempting to use this technology to knock out a gene that sends T-cell leukemias into the brains of children where they are virtually undetectable and untreatable with chemotherapy.

Dr. Lawrence Cohn of the UTEP Psychology Department explains the variability of research findings in the field of psychology.  Various research groups often try to replicate the same study, yet there is much variability in their findings.  Dr. Cohn explores the causes behind the variability.

http://www.sciencemag.org

Aired Jan. 17, 2016.

Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt University

  Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University.  He joins us to talk about cosmology, dark energy, and dark matter.  We'll also take a brief foray into quantum entanglement.  Read his blog at http://www.cosmicyarns.com/, and read his Wall Street Journal editorial "How to Raise a Scientist in the Xbox Age" at http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-raise-a-scientist-in-the-xbox-age-1450137781.

Aired Jan. 10, 2016

    Jon Chorover is Professor and Department Head at the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona.  He joins us to tell us about the important research he does into discovering how pollutants such as lead find their way into the soil and are released into the environment, whether as dust particles or into our water systems.  Mine tailings are waste materials from hard-rock mining, and Chorover is researching phytostabilization, which allows for a vegetative "cap" on these tailings, keeping them "trapped" in the soil.

Aired Jan. 3, 2016

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