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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. 

University of Oregon

  In a rebroadcast from Feb. 13, 2011, Keith & Russ talk with Eugene Humphreys, Professor of Geophysics at the University of Oregon.  Gene explains how the Rocky Mountains were formed, and why the American West is still elevating...and why the bottom part of the West is dropping off!

Aired July 5, 2015



  In a rebroadcast from February 6, 2011, Keith & Russ talk with Zuber Mulla, Associate Professor and Director of Epidemiologic Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.  Zuber is a "public health detective," an epidemiologist, and he talks about the rapid, often fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.  Anaphylaxis often differs in male and female populations.

Aired March 28, 2015

Stanford University

  In a rebroadcast from Jan. 23, 2011, Keith & Russ continue their conversation with Douglas Osheroff, professor emeritus of Physics at Stanford University, and 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.  Osheroff shared the Nobel Prize with David M. Lee and Robert C. Richardson for their research in superfluidity in Helium 3.  The 1996 Nobel Prize was awarded for research Osheroff conducted as an undergraduate student in 1971.  Osheroff talks about the years following this groundbreaking research, and how the Nobel Prize changed his life.

Part 2 of a 2-part interview.

Aired June 21, 2015.

Stanford University

  In a rebroadcast from Jan. 16, 2011, Keith talks with Douglas Osheroff, professor emeritus of Physics at Stanford University, and 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.  Osheroff shared the Nobel Prize with David M. Lee and Robert C. Richardson for their research in superfluidity in Helium 3.  The 1996 Nobel Prize was awarded for research Osheroff conducted as an undergraduate student in 1971, and he talks about the work leading to that groundbreaking discovery.

Part 1 of a 2-part interview.

Aired June 14, 2015

Arizona State University

  In a rebroadcast from Dec. 26, 2010, Keith interviews Stephen Johnston, co-director of the Biodesign Institute, Innovations in Medicine, at Arizona State University.  Johnston talks about why cancer research has been essentially ineffective in past decades, and why it's not unreasonable to have a universal vaccine for cancer.  http://www.biodesign.asu.edu/

Aired June 7, 2015.

Baylor College of Medicine

    In a rebroadcast from Dec. 19, 2010, Keith talks with Kristy Murray, DVM, who at the time of this interview, was Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (Murray is currently Associate Vice Chair for Reseasrch, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine).  Murray talks about the transference of disease from animals to humans, in particular West Nile Virus.  Murray studied the very first West Nile outbreak in New York in 1999.

Aired May 31, 2015

  In a rebroadcast from December 12, 2010, Keith talks with Charles France, Maharaj Ticku Professor of Pharmacology, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.  France studies drugs for their addictive qualities, and examines how animal studies translate to human subjects.

Aired May 24, 2015.

  In a rebroadcast from Dec. 5, 2010, Keith talks with Jonathan K. Stiles, Professor of Microbiology, Biochemistry & Immunology from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta GA.  Stiles is studying cerebral malaria and is researching ways to specifically eliminate the mosquito that carries malaria.  He also discusses the relationship between malaria and sickle cell disease.

Aired May 17, 2015.

Columbia University Medical Center

  Keith talks with Amy B. MacDermott from the Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, and Department of Neuroscience.  MacDermott examines the pathways involved in pain signals leading from the spinal cord to the brain.  She also informs us of the different kinds of pain - acute, persistent, and neuropathic - and how further study could help re-wire those pathways to alleviate or eliminate certain kinds of pain.

Aired May 10, 2015.

Case Western Reserve University

  Keith welcomes Thomas Gerken of Case Western Reserve University, Department of Pediatrics and Biochemistry, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology.  Gerken talks about the functions of sugars in our cells, and how the use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is helping identify properties of mucins, or mucus, which are involved in all cell-to-cell interactions.  

Aired May 3, 2015.


  Keith & Russ talk with Emilia Galperin, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky.  Galperin studies the molecular pathways in which the mutations that cause Noonan Syndrome occur.  People with Noonan Syndrome share similar facial features, short stature, possible heart defects, and the risk for developmental disabilities.  Galperin also explains why zebrafish embryos are studied for this and other genetic disorders.

Aired April 26, 2015.

  Keith talks with Benjamin Drenth, research geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey.  Drenth studies passive geophysics.  Seismic, or active, geophysics involves using outside energy sources needed to create sonic waves through the earth.  Whereas passive geophysics is a more subtle measuring of the earth's gravitational or magnetic fields.  https://profile.usgs.gov/bdrenth

Aired April 19, 2015.

Northern Illinois University

  Keith is once again on location at Northern Illinois University to talk with Daniel Gebo of NIU's Department of Anthropology.  Gebo tells us about his research and discoveries in the field of primate evolution, with a particular focus on locomotion and the development of the arm, leg, and foot bones.

Aired April 12, 2015.

Northern Illinois University

  Keith is on location at Northern Illinois University to talk with Elizabeth Gaillard, Presidential Research Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Northern Illinois University.  Gaillard is a vision chemist who studies the chemical reactions in the eye that lead to degenerative diseases like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Aired April 5, 2015.

  Keith & Russ talk with Jørgen Randrup with the Nuclear Science division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  He gives us a tutorial on the atom, the nucleus, and the quark.  Do quarks consist of even smaller particles?  How are they held together?  And Randrup discusses the mysterious "dark matter" that makes up most of the universe, though it has never been directly observed.

Aired March 29, 2015.

  Keith talks with Thorne Lay, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of the Imaging & Dynamics of the Earth at the University of California Santa Cruz.  An El Paso High School graduate, Lay talks about his path towards a career in seismology.  He also explains the difference between P- and S-waves, and why nuclear testing during the Cold War led to advances in seismic technology.

Aired March 22, 2015.

  Keith & Russ talk with Rudolf Seising of the Friedrich Schiller-Universitaet Jena in Germany.  Seising talks about his interest in the history of science, specifically in the 20th century, and on how scientists communicate and compete with each other.  He also discusses "fuzzy logic" - a mathematical theory that relies on words rather than numbers.  It has been used to control steam engines, and to make cameras and Japanese rice cookers.

Aired March 15, 2015.

  Keith welcomes Bonnie Gunn, UTEP Forensic Science Advisor; and Vanessa De La Rosa, IRACDA Post-Doctoral Fellow in Toxicology at the University of New Mexico.  They discuss forensic toxicology, and the long-term effect toxins in the environment have on people.  In De La Rosa's case, she is studying how arsenic & uranium are affecting Native American populations in Northern New Mexico.

Aired March 8, 2015.

  Keith & Russ talk with P. Shing Ho, Professor & Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Colorado State University.  Shing is a structural biologist, and he explains how the function ofDNA or protein molecules can be altered if there's a slight change in the molecular structure.  He also talks about discovering in 1979 how halogens inserted into DNA caused the DNA strands to split into a 4-stranded helical pattern.

Aired March 1, 2015.


  Keith talks with Cynthia Gomez, director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University.  She explains why health equity isn't just about eating right, but about the ethnic, economic, and social inequities that lead to poor health.  The Health Equity Institute is working to improve one of San Francisco's poorest public housing units.  Gomez also talks about her experiences working in Massachusetts in the early days of the AIDS virus, when it was still a dangerous, deadly, and mysterious disease.

Learn more about the Health Equity Institute at http://healthequity.sfsu.edu/

Aired Feb. 22, 2015.

  Keith & Russ welcome Robert S. Kerbel, senior scientist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada.  Kerbel explains how regular chemotherapy for cancer patients often involves a "maximum tolerated dose" of treatment, which often taxes the patient and requires several days of recovery before the next treatment.  With metronomic chemotherapy, researchers hope to lower the dose of drugs and make the dosage more frequent.  

Aired Feb. 15, 2015.

  Keith talks with Huan Xie, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at Texas Southern University's College of Pharmacy.  Huan talks about her experience researching gold nanoparticles as a form of cancer treatment.  Why is gold different from other metals with similar properties?

Aired Feb. 8, 2015.

  Keith & Russ welcome Michelle Dolgos of the Oregon State University Department of Chemistry.  She discusses her research into creating materials that contribute to the sustainability of the planet.  Her lab uses nontoxic starting materials and low-energy inputs in their research.   She also the interesting features of the piezoelectric effect, which can create materials that act as either actuators or sensors.  We can find many of these materials in our own phones or in our car's brake systems.


Aired Feb. 1, 2015.


  Keith talks with Bruce Cushing, the new Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at UTEP.  Cushing tells us about his varied travels while pursuing his degrees, and why he was drawn to studying animal behavior.  Cushing has studied polar bears (one of his studies was mentioned, uncited, in the movie "Anchorman"!), weasels, scorpions, and voles.  Cushing says voles are more human-like in their social structure, therefore making them much better lab subjects than mice or rats.

Aired Jan 25, 2015.


  In a re-broadcast from Nov. 28, 2010, Keith and guest co-host Tom Gill of the UTEP Geological Sciences Department talk with Tom Casadevall, Scientist Emeritus with the US Geological Survey.  Casadevall tells us about his early fascination with volcanoes, and what led him to become a vulcanologist.  He also reflects on the 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland that disrupted air traffic across Europe.  And Casadevall explains why the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption was a career-defining event for him.

Aired Jan. 18, 2015.


  In a rebroadcast from Nov. 14, 2010, Keith talks with seismology professor Brian Stump, Albritton Professor of Earth Sciences, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, with SMU.  Stump explains why the earth's crust differs around the world, and why there is an increasing detection of smaller quakes worldwide.  An interesting question arises during the interview: Could nuclear weapons be used to relieve pressure along fault lines?  Plus, Stump explains how earthquakes cause low frequency acoustic waves in the atmosphere.

Aired Jan. 11, 2015.

KU Biodiversity Institute

  In a rebroadcast from Nov. 7, 2010, Keith and guest co-host Eli Greenbaum of the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences, talk with David Blackburn, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute.   Blackburn studies the vast diversity of frogs and amphibians, including of the fragmentation of frog species in the Sahara.  It's a fascinating conversation!

Aired Jan. 4, 2015.


   Keith & Russ welcome Steve Soper of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry.  Soper is helping to develop devices that are reminiscent of the Star Trek tricorder...devices that can help with early detection and preventative medicine.

Aired Dec. 28, 2014.

  Sir Harry Kroto is the Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University.  He is also the co-discoverer of C60, the Buckminster fullerene molecule, which is a cage molecule with 60 carbon atoms.  The discovery of these "Bucky balls" led to Kroto, Robert Curl, and Richard Smalley to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996.  Kroto explains how his research in interstellar carbon led to this discovery, and about his early beginnings in chemistry.

Aired Dec. 21, 2014.

Cornell University

  Keith talks with Mariana Wolfner, Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University, about her research into the reproductive proteins of Drosophila (fruit flies).  These proteins reside in a male fly's seminal fluid, and when he mates with a female, these proteins can influence her reproductive tract and hormonal balance.  This research may lead scientists to one day learn how to control the reproductive cycles of disease-carrying vectors such as mosquitoes, and perhaps even help humans with reproductive problems.

Aired Dec. 14, 2014.