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 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.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Universe


Keith & Russ talk with Stephan Meyer of the University of Chicago's Department of Physics, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Enrico Fermi Institute.  Meyer takes us back to the Big Bang and explains why the universe appears to be expanding faster than previously theorized.  He also tells us the difference between dark matter and dark energy, and why they have everything to do with the acceleration of the universe's expansion.  Aired Feb. 17, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO - EURENCO


Keith talks with Gregory O.D. Smith, 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 Feb 10, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Protein-Protein Interactions


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 Feb. 3, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Conservation & Agriculture


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 Jan. 27, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Superconductivity


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 Jan. 20, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Self-Sustaining African Agriculture


In a rebroadcast from June 14, 2009, Keith & Russ talk with Steve Forbes and Dennis Wambugah, graduates of the Environmental Science & Engineering Program at UTEP.  They talk about ways poor African nations can use their own resources to develop a self-sustaining agricultural lifestyle.  Aired Jan. 13, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

SCIENCE STUDIO: Behavior


In a rebroadcast from June 7, 2009, Keith talks with Dennis Mitchell, president of IGN Behavior Studies.  Mitchell talks about training teachers and family members on diffusing an argumentative environment. www.ignconsulting.com


Aired Jan. 6, 2013.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Companion Animals


Keith & Russ talk with Gaylene Fasenko, Assistant Professor of Animal & Range Sciences, 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 Dec. 30, 2012.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Research in Science & the Arts


Keith talks with Junius Gonzales, Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Dena Kay Jones, Professor of Music at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Gonzales talks about his background in science, technology, and health research, and how, in his position as Provost, he aims to enrich the research capabilities of UTEP faculty.  Jones talks about the research opportunities provided by UTEP that allowed her to thoroughly investigate the life and works of Joaquin Rodrigo, and about the importance of researching the language, history, and background of music in preparation for a performance.  Aired Dec. 23, 2012.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Nanotoxicology


Keith & Russ talk with Jason White, head of 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 Dec. 16, 2012.

KTEP Local
7:30 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Efficient Light Sources


Russ talks with Xiaoqin "Elaine" Li, professor of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin.  She introduces us to quantum dots, colloids, and the field of plasmonics, and how they can be used to create more efficient light sources.  www.ph.utexas.edu/person/li_xiaoqin   Aired Dec. 9, 2012.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Trombones & Physics


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 Dec. 2, 2012.

KTEP Local
7:30 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Stress and the Brain


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 Nov. 25, 2012.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Creation of the Universe


Keith & Russ talk with Fridolin Weber, Professor of Theoretical Physics at San Diego State University.  Weber talks about the creation of the universe, and why the more we learn, the less we seem to understand the nature of the universe.  http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~fweber/


Aired Nov. 18, 2012.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Geophysics


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 Nov. 11, 2012.

Science
7:30 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Addiction


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 Nov. 4, 2012.


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Science
7:30 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: I-20 Wildlife Preserve


Keith is on location to Midland TX to visit with Nathan Knowles, Executive Director of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve; and Derek Faust, consultant and environmental scientist.  Hear about this unique playa wetland and its importance in supporting biodiversity in the region. http://i20wildlifepreserve.org.   Aired Oct. 28, 2012.

Science
11:46 am
Thu October 25, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Neurologic Music Therapy


Keith is on location at Colorado State to talk to Michael Thaut, Professor of Music & Neurology, and director of the Center for Biomedical Research in Music at Colorado State. Thaut talks about his groundbreaking research in using music, specifically rhythm, to retrain motor function in the brains of victims of stroke, Parkinson's, and traumatic brain injury. He also explores the mystery of why there are so many scientists who also have musical backgrounds. www.colostate.edu/Dept/cbrmAired Sept. 23, 2012.

Science
11:42 am
Thu October 25, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Genes


Keith is on location at Colorado State University to talk with Karolin Luger, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Colorado State University. She discusses how information is encoded in our DNA sequence, and how proteins adhering to DNA can be modified. https://www.hhmi.org/news/luger.htmlAired Sept. 30, 2012.

Science
11:37 am
Thu October 25, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: CREIE


Keith & Russ talk with Gary Williams, director of the Center for Research Entrepreneurship and Innovative Enterprises (CREIE) at the University of Texas at El Paso; and to Jeni Clark, associate director of CREIE. They discuss how CREIE is creating opportunities and stimulating entrepreneurship & innovation not only for faculty, staff, and students on the UTEP campus, but for other local entrepreneurs as well. http://research.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=research.utep.edu/creieAired Oct. 7, 2012.

Science
11:34 am
Thu October 25, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Crocs & Gators


Keith is on the road at Midland College in Midland TX, and he takes the time to talk with Lou Densmore, chair of the Biological Sciences Department at Texas Tech in Lubbock TX. He talks about his interest in the population diversity of crocodiles & alligators in single populations, and why invasive species can be harmful to those populations. Densmore also offers some helpful hints for how to tell crocodiles from alligators.  Aired Oct. 21, 2012.

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Science
12:21 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

SCIENCE STUDIO: Seismology

October 14, 2012 - Seismology
Keith & Russ talk with Aaron Velasco, professor of Geology at the University of Texas at El Paso. Velasco talks about why surface waves of earthquakes can cause smaller quakes thousands of miles away. He talks about his role in developing a 3D underground earth model.

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