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. 

To learn more about the life sciences in the El Paso region, visit Synapse, www.mcasynapse.org, the life sciences news digest of the Medical Center of the Americas.

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Science
7:30 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Hydraulic Fracturing and Potential Effects on Groundwater

  Keith talks to Zacariah Hildenbrand, founder of Inform Environmental LLC, a water analysis and monitoring company, about hydraulic fracturing (also known as "fracking") and its potential effects on groundwater.   During the fracking process, water, sand, and chemicals are injected into the ground at high pressures to create fissures so that natural gas and other underground energy resources can be collected.  Does the fracking process contaminate groundwater supplies?  Hildenbrand talks about the preliminary results his company has recently published.  http://www.informenv.com/

Aired Sept 15, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: National Science Foundation

  Keith talks with Carlos Murillo, Associate Program Manager and Program Director, Division of Chemistry, National Science Foundation (NSF).  Murillo is a native of Costa Rica and he talks about the journey from his home country to the US...and back. He also talks about how the NSF evaluates scientific research for funding approval.  Aired Sept. 8, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Geophysics

  In a rebroadcast from March 7, 2010, Keith talks with Phillip Wannamaker of the Energy & Geoscience Institute of the University of Utah.  He talks about using electromagnetic waves to image the interior of the earth.  Wannamaker also talks about how lighting and sunspot activity is used in his research.  http://egi.utah.edu/about/staff/phil-wannamaker.php.  Aired Sept. 1, 2013.

KTEP Local
7:30 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Parkinson's Disease

  In a rebroadcast from Feb. 13. 2010, Keith talks with neuroscientist Curt Freed, Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Freed talks about Parkinson's Disease and about a rare and controversial procedure used to treat it involving the direct injection into the brain of cells from an aborted fetus.  He also talks about the importance of dopamine, and...find out what humans have in common with jellyfish.  http://www.cafescicolorado.org/Freed.htm

Aired Aug. 25, 2013.

Science
9:33 am
Mon August 19, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Platinum Drugs and Cancer

  In a rebroadcast from Jan. 17, 2010, Keith talks with Stephen Lippard, professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Lippard talks about the use of platinum drugs to treat cancer, and how platinum interacts with cancer cells.  http://web.mit.edu/lippardlab/aboutsjl.html

Aired Aug. 18, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Degenerative Brain Disease

  In a rebroadcast from Dec. 20, 2009, Keith talks with Ruth G. Perez, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Perez talks about the role proteins play in degenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.    She also talks about the struggles she has faced in her career as a woman in science. http://www.pind.pitt.edu/PIND_Personnel/Perez.html

Aired Aug. 11, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Smoking & Cancer Research

  In a rebroadcast from November 22, 2009, Keith talks with Dr. Jeffrey Michael Field, Department of Pharmacology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.  Field introduces us to the p53 gene, which is the most commonly-mutated gene in most cancers.  He discusses how the gene is affected by lung cancer.  http://www.med.upenn.edu/apps/faculty/index.php/p16384

Aired August 4, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Dust Bowl

  In a rebroadcast from Nov. 22, 2009, Keith & Russ talk with Dr. Jeff Lee of the Texas Tech Department of Geosciences.  Lee talks about what led to the devastating Dust Bowl of the early 20th centuries.  He also explores where dust comes from, and how farming has evolved in recent decades.  http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/jefflee/JeffLee/home.html

Aired July 28, 2013.

KTEP Local
7:30 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Cancer Drug Therapy

  In a rebroadcast from November 1, 2009, Keith talks with Jonathan Dimmock, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacy of the University of Saskatchewan's College of Pharmacy & Nutrition.  Dimmock talks about research into drug design that can selectively target certain cancer cells and prevent those cells from developing a resistance to drugs.    Aired July 21, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Membranes

In a rebroadcast from October 25, 2009, Keith & Russ talk with William Dowhan, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical School of Houston.  Dowhan talks about cell membranes and their importance in making energy.  He also explains how lipids & proteins react on membranes to result in a biological function.  http://www-bmb.med.uth.tmc.edu/faculty/william-dowhan.html

Aired July 14, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Computational Chemistry


In a rebroadcast from October 18, 2009, Keith & Russ talk with Dieter Cremer, professor of Computational & Theoretical Chemistry at Southern Methodist University.  Cremer talks about how computational chemistry allows him to develop new methods of measuring how vehicle exhaust reacts with ozone.  He also tells us about his investigation into quantum dots.  http://smu.edu/chemistry/cremer.asp   Aired July 7, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Arid Soils


In a rebroadcast from October 11, 2009, Keith talks with Brenda Buck, Assistant Professor of Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Buck talks about how the earth's surface has evolved over time due to to changes in chemistry and biology. She also talks about the Mars-like Atacama Desert in Chile, the most arid desert on Earth, and why research there could help scientists learn how to search for life on the red planet.


Aired June 30, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Tree Ring Analysis


In a rebroadcast from October 4, 2009, Keith talks with Paul Sheppard of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona.  Sheppard talks about the science of dendrochemistry, or tree ring analysis, and how it can reveal the history of past weather patterns, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.  http://ltrr.arizona.edu


Aired June 23, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Toxicology


In a rebroadcast from September 27, 2010, Keith & Russ talk with Dave E. Williams of Oregon State University's Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology.  Williams talks about the toxicity of pesticides, and how rainbow trout are being used to study toxicology and cancer.  http://emt.oregonstate.edu/davidwilliams


Aired June 16, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun June 9, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Plate Tectonics


In a rebroadcast from September 20, 2009, Keith talks with Anne Sheehan, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Sheehan talks about using the principles of physics to "see" beneath the crust of the earth.  She also explains how earthquakes can teach us about the structure of the earth.  Sheehan also explains how the Rocky Mountains were created, and why the plates that created the Nepalese mountains are moving at the speed of a growing fingernail.  Aired June 9, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun June 2, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Planets & Moons of the Solar System


Keith welcomes back Andrew Ingersoll, Professor of Planetary Science, Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology.  Ingersoll explains how the planets formed in the early stages of the solar system. He also talks about geysers on the Saturnian moon Enceladus, a hexagonal storm on one of Saturn's poles, methane lakes on Titan, and unique ice caps on Mars.


Aired June 2, 2013.

KTEP Local
7:30 pm
Sun May 26, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Planetary Climates


Keith talks with Andrew Ingersoll, professor of Planetary Sciences, Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology.  Ingersoll talks about the storms on Jupiter that have been swirling for centuries, and about the hellish conditions on Venus.  He also talks about why each planet has its own climate cycle, and why we shouldn’t necessarily compare the climates of other planets with that of Earth.  Part 1 of a 2-part interview.  Aired May 26, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: 3-D Periodic Table


Keith & Russ talk with Shiv Khanna, professor of physics, Virginia Commonwealth University.  Khanna talks about why reducing matter to a very small scale dramatically changes their properties, and offers the example of gold and aluminum and how they change when they are broken down into very small particles.  Khanna also explains the concept of "superatoms" and how these superatoms can expand the periodic table into 3 dimensions.   http://www.people.vcu.edu/~khanna/  Aired May 19, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Schizophrenia


Keith talks with psychiatrist & genetics researcher Dr. Michael Escamilla, Director of the Center of Excellence for Neurosciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  Escamilla talks about the symptoms of schizophrenia, and how some people suffering from the disorder can live fairly normal lives while others encounter difficulty fitting in socially.  He also talks about the search for genes that may increase risk for schizophrenia, and why the disorder is not caused solely by genetic factors, but by environmental ones as well.  Aired May 12, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Chagas Disease


Keith & Russ talk with Igor Almeida from the Border Biomedical Research Center at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Almeida talks about his research into Chagas disease, a tropical disease caused by a parasite and spread by the blood-sucking kissing bug.  He talks about promising research with a so-called knockout mouse which could lead to a potential vaccine for Chagas.


Aired May 5, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Addiction and the Latino Community


Keith & Russ talk with sociologist Alice Cepeda, assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California.  Cepeda talks about drug use and gender roles in Mexican families.  Why are men treated differently than women when they re-enter society after serving time for drug possession?  Cepeda also explains the different stages of addiction, and how some people cope better with addiction than others.  She also talks about an interesting study which shows that aging long-term heroin users in Mexico displayed better overall health than other men their age, with the exception of the symptoms of long-term drug usage, such as skin lesions and Hepatitis C.  Aired April 28, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Vaccines & Immunotherapy


Keith & Russ talk with Dr. Qizhi Cathy Yao, Professor in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor School of Medicine.  Yao talks about the differences between vaccines and immunotherapy, both of which are used to fight disease, but at different stages of the disease.  She talks about the challenges of developing a vaccine for HIV, and her hopes of developing a way to fight and cure pancreatic cancer.  Aired April 21, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Heavy Elements and Star Death


Keith & Russ talk with Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Associate Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Enrico is a self-proclaimed "stellar mortician" who studies the deaths of stars.  He talks about what becomes of stars like our sun (and larger ones) when they finally collapse and lose their battle with gravity.  Enrico also talks about how the heavy elements came to be created as the universe expanded.  He also share the fascinating fact that humans, on average, have more gold in our bodies than the universe and the sun!  http://www.ucolick.org/~enrico/home.html


Aired April 14, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Gene Bank Preservation


Keith & Russ talk with David Dierig, Research Leader, Location Coordinator, Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Research with the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture).  Dierig talks about the center's gene bank, which provides long-term preservation of diverse genetic resources for U.S. food & agriculture.  Their gene bank is the most diverse in the world, and could be used to restore plant and/or animal populations in case of a catastrophe.  http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=54-02-05-03


Aired April 7, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Drug Discovery


In a rebroadcast from Sept. 13, 2009, Keith talks with Andrei Nikolaev from the University of Dundee, Scotland, College of Life Sciences.  Nikolaev talks about drug discovery of so-called neglected disease, and synthesizing compounds to gain biological knowledge of such diseases.  Aired March 31, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Animal Behavior


In a rebroadcast from Aug. 30, 2009, Keith talks with Matthew Anderson from the Department of Psychology, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia.  He talks about animal behavior, specifically that of flamingos.  Why do flamingos stand on one leg?  Do they prefer the left leg over the right one?  And why are flamingos pink?  Could they be another color?  Aired March 24, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Graphene


Keith & Russ talk with Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau, Professor of Physics at the University of California at Riverside.  Lau talks about graphene - a thin, one-atom-thick membrane of graphite that is strong, bendable, and displays high thermal & electrical conductivity.  Aired March 17, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Isotopic Fingerprinting


Keith & Russ talk with Michael Ketterer, professor of Analytical & Environmental Chemistry, Northern Arizona University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.  Ketterer talks about the use of isotopic fingerprinting in investigating lead contamination, and why mass spectrometry can be used in nuclear forensics, tracing uranium and plutonium in the environment.  Ketterer also talks about his part-time work as an ombudsperson at Northern Arizona University.


Aired March 10, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: IBM Smart Technology


Keith talks with Romelia Flores, Master Inventor and Distinguished Engineer with IBM Global Solutions.  Flores talks about her early interest in math and computers, and how it led her to her current career path.  She also talks about how IBM is working with clients to create a “Smarter Planet” by improving health care, roadways, and more to create a better way of living.  Aired March 3, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO - Nuclear Waste Management


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.  Aired Feb. 24, 2013.

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