Dennis and new co-host Noemi Rojas talk with Dr. Hoi Ho, Associate Academic Dean for Faculty Affairs & Develpment, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Paul L. Foster School of Medicine; and Claudia Cortez, rehabilitation counselor at TTUHSC Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. They talk about the Advanced Teaching & Assessment in Clinical Simulation (ATACS), the only accredited Center in Texas by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Over 100,000 deaths occur each year due to medical errors, and simulation centers could lead to the reduction of these deaths. Hear about how ATACS trains uses through virtual reality, manniquins, and volunteer "patients" known as "standardized patients." http://www.ttuhsc.edu/fostersom/atacs/
In a rebroadcast from Nov. 17, 2012, Denise, Bill, and Norma talk about how to protect our trees, shrubs, and potted plants from cold weather, as well as which plants don't need protection. They also talk about ways to protect our gardening equipment from a possible freeze.
Guest host Norma Martinez talks with Maribel Villalva, director of the Centennial Museum on the UTEP campus, about the current exhibits at the museum which commemorate the UTEP Centennial. The latest rotating exhibit, "Miner Strong," pays tribute to a century of sports at UTEP. Maribel also talks about the current exhibit "A Century of Transformations" which traces the history of UTEP, including its various name changes and its various incarnations of Paydirt Pete. The Centennial Museum, which is the official Welcome Center for the Centennial Celebration, also will begin hosting Walking Tours of UTEP's architecture on Saturday afternoons in January. Call Maribel Villalva for information and reservations: 915-747-6669. Keep up with the latest events at the museum here: https://www.facebook.com/CentennialMuseumandChihuahuanDesertGardens
Liz, Greg, and Tom welcome back David Simon, author of "Meatonomics." David talks about the role the federal government plays in keeping meat & dairy prices artificially low, and why so much funding is diverted to promote meat and dairy instead of vegetables & fruit. David also explains why the fishing industry negatively affects plant & animal species. http://meatonomics.com/
Keith talks with Anandasankar Ray, Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside. Ananda talks about how odor molecules attach themselves to receptors in our noses, and why the structure of those molecules is so important in our perception of smell. We'll also hear about the talents of female mosquitos in seeking out prey. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide in our exhalations, and they can track us from several meters away. Ananda also explains why some of us are tastier to mosquitoes than others. http://olfaction.ucr.edu/
Ben & Daniel celebrate the Christmas season with reflections on their favorite memories. Ben remembers making tamales with his mom when he was young, a tradition he continues to this day. Daniel remembers proudly writing a Christmas poem about Santa driving a Cadillac...only to find out that his teacher doubted his authorship. And Ben & Daniel also talk about their favorite Christmas songs and the memories they conjure. Ben's favorite is "I'll be Home for Christmas," which he says idealizes the often-unattainable concept of "home." Daniel tears up every time he hears "The Little Drummer Boy." Ben will also read T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi."
An encore presentation of a 2001 conversation Louie had with John O. West, the late UTEP English professor and folklorist. West shares personal stories about the holiday traditions he observed & celebrated, and talks about the holidays foods that make the season so special, especially here on the border. Aired Dec. 21, 2013.
An encore presentation of Florence's exclusive 2010 conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus! Santa & his lovely wife offer insight on their preparations for their Christmas deliveries. Mr. & Mrs. Santa talk about the robots that are helping the elves in Santa's Workshop, how technology is helping Rudolf and the other reindeer keep to their schedule, and how Santa can manage to eat all those cookies! Aired Dec. 21, 2013.
In a rebroadcast from March 16, 2013, Bill, Denise, and Norma talk with Mike Hardiman, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa, and regional coordinator of the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). Hardiman talks about how the community can get involved in measuring rainfall (and the lack of it) and reporting it online to be used by National Weather Service meteorologists, the USDA, researchers, and many others. March is CoCoRaHS's annual recruitment drive, and they are trying to increase the number of El Pasoans and others in the region to report their rainfall. www.cocorahs.org.
Charles talks with fellow Broadcast Film Critics Association member, Cynthia Farah Haines, about the BFCA's nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards. They talk about their favorite films and about the films that didn't get a nod. The Critics' Choice and other early awards shows like the Golden Globes often help decide the nominations for the "big one" - the Academy Awards.
A special encore presentation of Benjamin Alire Saenz reading "A Gift from Papa Diego." Saenz is a writer, poet, novelist, and the Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. Saenz also talks about how "A Gift from Papa Diego" came to be written back in 1999. "A Gift from Papa Diego" is published by Cinco Puntos Press, www.cincopuntos.com. Aired Dec. 20, 2013.
Dennis talks with Boy Scouts of America-Yucca Council chief operating officer Josh Inguanzo and Cubpack 511 leader Philip Lee about the history and the goals of the BSA and how parents and grandparents alike may participate in the BSA. For information locally, phone 915-772-2292
Patty Tiscareño, Executive Director of the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation and Shade Records Artist and producer, Billy Townes preview the release of a second fundraising CD titled Comes in All Colors a collection of jazz favorites.
Amanda Christensen (Goldie a GoGo), Cynthia Lagunas (Cindy Weasel), and Missy Singer (Singer Stinger) talk about the fun and challenge involved with being a member of the El Paso Roller Derby Tex Pistols.
Guest host Dennis Woo talks with Richard Nielson, a senior with the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance. Richard will play the part of "Scrooge" in UTEP's stage production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Nielson talks about how he prepares for the role of "Scrooge," and about the character himself. Performances are Dec. 15 at 2:30 & 7 p.m., and Dec 19 & 20 at 7 p.m., at the UTEP Wise Family Theatre. Information: 915-747-5118, https://www.facebook.com/pages/UTEP-Department-of-Theatre-and-Dance/132721790087612