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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. 

Roberto Cao, professor of science at the University of Havana, was this week's guest and discussed how he got his start in science as well, as well as what led him to his particular interest in nitric oxide. 

Susan M. Lunte, of the University of Kansas Department of Chemistry, visits with us and discusses her area of expertise and recent studies. Lunte’s research group focuses on microanalytical methods and microchip-based diagnostics for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Sue Lunte Research Group


Alejandro Briseño, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering, shares the groundbreaking work his research team has achieved through the study of organic and polymer semiconductor single crystals, polymer semiconductor devices and synthesis of novel organic and polymer semiconductors.

University of Vermont

Julia Perdrial is an assistant professor of geochemistry at the University of Vermont. As an environmental bio-geochemist and mineralogist, she takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to study low temperature environmental terrestrial and aquatic processes by combining experimental and field approaches. The aim of her research is to understand how the geosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere interact to shape the Earth’s terrestrial surface, now often termed the Critical Zone. This Critical Zone can be thought of as the skin of the earth: the terrestrial surface spans from the top of the canopy down to the bedrock - including groundwater - and provides us with water, nutrients and many other ecosystem services.

Keith Pannell continues his visit at the University of Vermont. He visits the university's Department of Physics and has a conversation with Dr. Madalina Furis, who takes a particular interest in LED's. The Romania-born experimentalist's current research includes spin-polarized magneto-optical spectroscopy studies of nitride semiconductors, the time-resolved spectroscopy of nitride emitters and semiconductor nanocrystals, and magneto-optical Kerr rotation spectroscopy of ferromagnetic nanostructures.

Jom Hammack is a professor of Behavioral Psychology at the University of Vermont. His research involves understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of stress, emotion, and resilience. His particular interest, however, focuses on the involvement of serotonin and stress-related neuropeptides in mediating the behavioral consequences of exposure to stressful stimuli, as well as the neurochemical changes mediating stress-resilience. As host Keith Pannell visited the University of Vermont for a series of presentations, he had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Hammack and discuss his interests and recent discoveries in his area of expertise.

Dr. Todd Halihan is a professor of geology at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Halihan's particular interest is beneath our Earth's surface. He has a background in both geology and physics, he's also a professional driller and is a divemaster! Dr. Halihan has many areas of expertise which made for an insightful and entertaining program on Science Studio this week.

Dr. Andrew Doust is a professor of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. While host Keith Pannell was on travels, he had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Doust about his field of interest as well as his most recent research findings. Dr. Doust primarily studies the evolution of plant morphology. His lab projects include the evolution of plant architecture in grasses, developmental genetics of domestication evens in foxtail millet and other grasses, and evolution of fruit shape and of seed oils.

Yamuna Krishnan, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago, is making waves in the area of delivery of delivery systems. Krishnan, along with her research team, has developed an icosahedral DNA nanocapsule that can harbor molecular cargo as a payload on the inside, while displaying ligands of defined stoichiometry and spacing on the outside. This allows one to target these nanodevices to specific endocytic pathways in cells, in order to track and functionally image endocytic vesicles over long durations. 

Host Keith Pannell is on the road and visits with Dr. Duane Gill, Professor and Head of Sociology at Oklahoma State University. His areas of specialization include disasters and contaminated communities. Dr. Gill has conducted research understand social and psychological impacts of the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska and the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in coastal Alabama. Dr. Gill was part of a research team employed by the Gitga’at First Nation in British Columbia to assess potential impacts of an oil spill associated with the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline project. He discusses his recent studies on natural disasters and the impacts communities can face in terms of social impact.

Dr. Vernon Carruthers is a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Carruthers' expertise on parasites seeks to understand survival strategies employed by microbial pathogens during infection. We discuss his recent studies and discoveries on parasites on this edition of Science Studio.

Dr. Carlos Bertulani is a Brazilian and American theoretical physicist and professor at the Department of Physics of the Texas A&M University-Commerce. He graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of Bonn and is working on nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics. Dr. Bertulani joins hosts Keith Pannell and Russ Chianelli in-studio as they discuss his recent studies and discoveries in the area of physics.

Dr. Bruce Bunting, Tshering Yangzom and Tashi Dukpa of the Bhutan Foundation paid a visit to the University of Texas at El Paso as part of the university's Centennial Lecture Series to discuss Bhutan's latest development efforts. Bunting is a member of the board and president of the Bhutan Foundation. He was formerly a managing director and vice president of the World Wildlife Fund and he shares his work experience for WWF and how he transitioned into the Bhutan Foundation. Coincidentally, their interview debuted on December 17th - a nationally recognized holiday in Bhutan!

Dr. Daniel J. Mindiola, Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, joins host Russ Chianelli as they discuss Mindiola's studies and his latest research. His research program entails the synthesis of transition metal complexes that possess interesting coordination environments, reactive ligand scaffolds, and unusual electronic and magnetic features. To date, his research group has produced more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific contributions. 

Dr. Seung-Hee Yoo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of McGoven Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Russ Chianelli speaks with her as they discuss her field of study in circadian rhythms. 

Dr. B. Frank Gupton, Virgina Commonwealth University Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, shares details on his latest innovative research. He is focused on the development and application of new technologies that will streamline organic synthesis through process intensification. The overall interest is in applying these principals towards the development of new catalyst systems that can be used in concert with continuous chemical processing (flow reactor technology) to streamline the synthesis of pharmaceutical active ingredients (API’s).

If you were an incoming freshman and saw a sign that said "Spit for Science," what would you think? This week we visit with Dr. Danielle Dick, Virginia Commonwealth University, as she shares details about her research. She focuses on how genetic and environmental influences contribute to the development of patterns of substance use and related behaviors, such as childhood conduct problems and depression, and how we can use that information to inform prevention and intervention.

UTEP Ceramics Associate Professor Vincent Burke and Professor of Chemistry at Richmond University Ryan Coppage are joined together by one interest - art. This edition of Science Studio features these two gentlemen from incredibly different backgrounds and how they have combined their mutual interests into one.

Javier Read de Alaniz is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at the University of California Santa Barbara. Dr. Alaniz is interested in a wide range of fundamental and applied chemistry that extends from the development of new synthetic transformations to the creation of a novel class of organic photochromic material. His particular interest, however, is in harnessing the synthetic utility of highly reactive intermediates for development of new bond-forming reactions used in synthesis and material science.

Kent Gates, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri, visits us in-studio to enlighten us on his latest research on DNA. It's a very fundamental piece of research about how we can control the degradation of our own DNA.

Sara Seager, astrophysicist and planetary scientist at MIT, has dedicated her research on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere.

Robert Scherrer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. We discuss his work and research on dark matter, dark energy, and Robert's other interest and profession as a science fiction writer.

Dr. Nadia Herrera is a UTEP alum and it was here on campus where she first began her study in structural biochemistry. Working and studying alongside her mentor Dr. Ricardo Bernal, Dr. Herrera went on and got her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology and for this edition of Science Studio, we hear about this young lady's progress as an undergraduate researcher, to Ph.D. and up the threshold of her career.

On this edition of Science Studio, we feature a different kind of guest - a nurse! The first nurse to ever be in the studio with us, Pat Castiglia, former Dean of Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso, shares with us her extensive study and practice in the nursing field as well as what her future endeavors hold in this science realm.

This week, we feature a bevy of scientists in our studio: Dr. David Dubois, professor of Plant and Environmental Science at NMSU and New Mexico's State Climatologist, Dr. Michael DeAntonio, professor of Physics at NMSU, and Dr. Gary Morris, professor of Physics at St. Edward's University. Their latest collaborative project is centered around testing air quality and ozone levels through the use of weather balloons.

P.T.S.D.: It’s a major concern within our society, not just for our vets returning from war zones, but for anyone who faces a traumatic experience throughout their lifetime. But we’ve come a long way in understanding how to better treat patients with this chronic problem. Hector Garcia enlightens us on the history of P.T.S.D. and the treatments that have been discovered to be very useful in treating our veterans and other affected individuals.

Professor Thilo Hoffman, University of Vienna Department of Environmental Geosciences, is studying the role of nanoparticles in water. Are they harmful? Is it easy to remove them? How would we remove them? To answer some of these questions, listen in to this edition of Science Studio.

Dr. Armin Shwartzman, an associate professor at University of California San Diego, received a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University and since then has used statistics for image analysis. On this week's science studio, we begin a new season with Dr. Shwartzman as he shares with us his expertise in statistics and how he has advanced his studies. 

***Original Broadcast Date May 22, 2016***

Brad Udall has an extensive background in water and climate policy issues, including as Director of the Western Water Assessment (University of Colorado), as the first Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment (University of Colorado), and currently as the first senior water and climate research scientist/scholar at the Colorado Water Institute (Colorado State University). This week, he joins us in the studio for an enlightening conversation on water.

***Original Broadcast Date November 6, 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 August 20. 2017