Guest host Norma Martinez talks with Melissa Barba, Assistant Director of the Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts on the UTEP Campus. The Rubin Center is El Paso's only showcase for contemporary art. Melissa tells us about the unique exhibitions on display at the Rubin Center, and some of the upcoming community events that will be taking place there. Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Rubin Center hosts a Family Day Celebration of the Himalayan New Year. To learn more about the Rubin Center, call 915-747-6151, or visit them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/rubincenter.
The research of Edward Castañeda, professor in the Department of Psychology at UTEP. Eddie talks about the plasticity of the brain, the way dopamine levels affect drug addiction and Parkinson's Disease, and how the brain changes when we learn. http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=45897
The research of Matthew Desing, Assistant Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature in the Department Languages & Linguistics at UTEP. Matthew's interest lies in 13th century Spanish literature and how extraordinary women were portrayed in those works. http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=67500
Louie talks with noted author and UTEP social anthropology professor Howard Campbell about the recent capture of infamous Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, its implications in future cartel battles for drug distribution territories around North and South America, and possible hope for Mexico's growth back into a healthy economy.
Synapse host Noemi Rojas and Dennis chat with El Paso Children's Hospital CEO Larry Duncan and his wife, Dawn, about their endeavors to keep the Children's Hospital at the forefront of pediatrics in the country. The Milagro Gala is set for Friday, March 7, at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center. More information on the upcoming gala, contributions and philanthropy for the hospital is at http://umcfoundationelpaso.org/
Art & Farmers Market Coordinator for the City’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, Rebecca Munoz, along with artists and activists, Jennifer Lucero and Claudia Ley preview special events for International Women’s Day and Earth Day.
Louie talks with two organizers of Project MOVE. The countywide volunteer event is set for Saturday, March 1, at Glory Field, Sun Bowl Drive and Glory Road, with check in starting at 8:30, A rally is set for 9:15, and then nearly 2,000 volunteers are sent to various parts of the city and county to do cleanup and more. For registration, http://projectmove.utep.edu. One may also phone Mr. Holmes directly at (915)747-8694.
From March 2 on, interested volunteers wanting to be part of the the MOVEment are asked to contact the Center for Civic Engagement:
UTEP Center for Civic Engagement 500 W. University Benedict Hall Rm 101 El Paso, Tx. 79968-0626 Phone: (915) 747-7969 firstname.lastname@example.org
The research of Soheil Nazarian, Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UTEP, and Director of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems. Soheil explains how UTEP has been instrumental in developing ultrasonics to find defects in bridges and roads before they are even detectable. He also is researching & developing "intelligent construction" for the federal government. http://ce.utep.edu/facultynazarian.htm, http://ctis.utep.edu/
Tom & Liz talk with Rosalyn Morrison, Legislative Assistant, Government & Legal Affairs, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI). Rosalyn lived in South Korea for 2 years beginning in 2009 and encountered dog farms where dogs are kept in terrible conditions prior to their slaughter for their meat. Many of these dogs are family pets, often picked up off the streets. Rosalyn also tells us about the consumption of cats in South Korea, where they are often eaten in a soup or drink to cure rheumatism. She talks about AWI's efforts to heighten awareness of the cruelty of the dog & cat meat trade in South Korea and other Asian nations. To learn more, visit https://awionline.org/dogmeat.
Russ Chianelli visits El Paso Prime Time and brings with him Executive Chef/Owner Keeley Cheshire, Italians Restaurant, and four students from Coronado High School who have formed a change-making venture titled, "Cross Border Cuisine." The program is designed to teach anyone how to cook and eat healthy meals on a budget without compromising taste.
The group's fundraiser is set for Sunday, February 23, at Italians, 5380 North Mesa, at Mesa and Festival. Doors open at 6:00; the meal is gourmet spaghetti and meatballs, and the evening features music from the Coronado Quartet, a silent auction, a cooking demonstration by Chef Keeley, and more. Tickets are available at Italians, or by phone: (915)400-4550 and (915)603-6743.
Denise & Norma talk about the Master Gardener activity heating up around El Paso. The Master Gardeners and members of the El Paso Rose Society will host a Rose Pruning Demonstration on Feb. 22 & 23, noon-3 p.m., at the Municipal Rose Garden, 1702 N. Copia. And if your questions aren't answered there, you won't want to miss the MGs at the Spring Home Show, Feb. 28-March 2 at the Convention Center Downtown. Learn more on the El Paso MG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Paso-Master-Gardeners/148950588460436.
Louie talks with Dr. Luis Villalobos, UTEP political science professor, about President Barack Obama's State of the Union address from January, and what the current state of political climate holds for Obama's administration this year. ***REVISED CONTENT as of 11:45AM, 2/21/14***
The research of Luciana Garbayo, Assistant Professor of Philosphy at UTEP. Luciana is an MD and PhD, and she studies the philosophy of science...more specifically, the philosophy of network medicine. This allows for new approaches to understanding disease from a network-based perspective.
Dennis talks with Detroit jazz singer, Kathy Kosins about her start as an R&B singer and her transition into jazz. The conversation reveals the grit & determination of the life of a musician, from constant touring to getting their music recorded & distributed, sometimes on their own dime. We'll also hear Kathy Kosins performing "Hershey Kisses. http://www.kathykosins.com/
Gallery Coordinator, Aryk Gardea and Café owner, Christina Estrada, describe the creative excitement behind the innovative Honeyguide Gallery, an exhibition space provided by Joe Vinny and Bronson’s Bohemian Café to support the local arts community.
Information: Honeyguide Gallery at Joe Vinny & Bronsons Bohemian Café 824 N. Piedras (915) 497-4913
Denise & Norma talk about some of the questions that have been submitted to the El Paso Master Gardeners recently. Should you paint your trees white to protect from sunburn or to "heal" a pruning cut? What's the difference between mulch & compost? And why is an arborvitae dripping sap?
Charles talks with El Paso native actor, writer, and director Ryan Piers Williams. Ryan is the producer of the 2013 film "Kilimanjaro," about a young man who aims to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro after his relationship goes sour. Ryan talks about the character-driven story, and why many independent films and cable networks are focusing more on character-centered films. In this online-only extended interview, Ryan also explains the differences between a producer and a director, and why his experience as a writer & director makes him a better producer. He also tells us about his upcoming feature, "X/Y." http://www.kilimovie.com/
Louie talks with David Marcus of Join us for Justice, the El Paso Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State. The chapter grew out of the recent debate at City Hall over domestic partner benefits. Join us for Justice will host "An Evening of Civil Discourse" with guest speaker Ellery Schempp, a plaintiff in the landmark 1963 U.S. Supreme Court school prayer case, Abington School District v Schempp. The event is Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m., at the UTEP Union Cinema. Information: 915-525-8545, http://www.joinusforjustice.org/.
Louie also talks with John Grost of the International Coin Club of El Paso, which will hold their 51st annual Coin Show, Feb. 14-16 at the El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama (Fri 1-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). The Coin Show will celebrate the UTEP Centennial with their own UTEP Centennial Coin which will be available for purchase at the show. UTEP President Diana Natalicio will host a ribbon cutting for the Coin Show at 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 14. Information: John Grost 533-6001, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elpasocoinclub/247752472025127.
The research of Oralia Loza, Assistant Professor in the UTEP Department of Public Health Sciences. Oralia is currently working on the health needs of the transgender community, in particular, transgender women.
Dennis & Noemi talk with Dr. Richard McCallum, professor of Medicine, Founding Chair and Director of Gastroenterology Research, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Dr. McCallum talks about his journey from his native Australia to El Paso. Dr. McCallum is the creator of a gastric pacemaker that stimulates stomach muscles for individuals suffering from gastroparesis, a disorder affecting 5%-6% of Americans. For information, or to inquire about being a test subject for future research, call Dr. McCallum at 913-706-6746.