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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.