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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. 

Dr. Pannell sits down with Dr. David Strubbe of the University of California at Merced for a compelling dicussion on solar cells & nuclear fusion. His interests  vary from theoretical condensed-matter physics to thermoelectrics.  

SCIENCE STUDIO - Dr. Robert Figueroa

May 13, 2019

Dr. Pannell welcomes Dr. Robert Figueroa of Oregon State University co -author of Science and other cultures for a compelling talk on Environmental justice, DDT, the philosophy of science and many other topics.


May 6, 2019

Dr. Pannell sits down with Dr. Keelung Hong, Ph.D., who founded Taiwan Liposome Company, Ltd. (TLC) in 1997 and serves as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Dr.Hong has a very distinctive connection with UTEP.

Dr. Keith Pannell sits down with Brett P. Giroir (born November 4, 1960 in Marrero, Louisiana) is an American physician-scientist who is the current Assistant Secretary for Health[1] and a four-star admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He concurrently serves as the Senior Advisor for Mental Health and Opioid Policy.

SCIENCE STUDIO - Prof. David Campbell

Apr 15, 2019

Dr. Pannell sits down with Professor David Cambell of Grinnell College. His research is in the ecology and species composition of tropical and subtropical forests in both the Paleotropics and Neotropics. Ph.D. 1984, The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; Department of Immunology & Infectious Disease.

Dr. Pannell sits down with Professor Tomas Torres of Autonoma University of Madrid, Spain to discuss among other things the development of smart roads.


Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Pannell sits down with Professor Kimberly See of Caltech. She went from playing in the streams of Colorado and snapping pictures of leaves to cutting-edge battery research that goes beyond tradional lithium-ion. 

Dr, Pannell sits down with Debora L. VanNijnatten a Professor in the Department of Political Science and North American Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research and publications have focused on transboundary environmental governance in North America.

Dr. Keith Pannell sits down with Dr. Moss, a nationally and internationally recognized expert on acetylcholinesterse inhibitors and their use in the facilitation of memory, especially in aging and Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Keith Pannell sits down with Hydrologist Professor Jennifer Druhan to discuss the Critical Zone. Her recent work has involved integrating stable isotope systems in numerical models of reactive flow and transport for a variety of field and laboratory experiments.

Dr. Keith Pannell sits down with Lake Forest College mathematician Enrique Trevino to discuss his work, his fascination with numbers and his connections to the Southwest.


Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Keith Pannell sits down with former EPWU Director and now Director of Water Initiatives at UTEP Ed Archuleta to dicuss El Paso's water supply.


Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Pannell discusses cancer and the genome with expert Dr. Scott Ness of UNM. An in-depth interview about cancer genomics and the science behind personalized medicine.

SCIENCE STUDIO- Martin Rees Part One

Feb 4, 2019

Dr. Keith Pannell speaks with cosmologist, astrophysicist, Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College and President of the Royal Society Martin Rees about among other things our existence in the universe.

Dr. Pannell Speaks with Professor Nick Farrell of VCU about new treatments in cancer research. In platinum antitumor chemistry our objective is to design and develop complexes acting by new discrete mechanisms of action. Platinum-based drugs are an important part of the anticancer drug armamentarium.

pigment is a material that changes the color of reflected or transmitted light as the result of wavelength-selective absorption. Dr. Keith Pannell welcomes Professor Tim Hanusa of Vanderbilt University to discuss the history of color and pigments.

Susan M. Lunte, of the University of Kansas Department of Chemistry, visits with us and discusses her area of expertise and recent studies. Lunte’s research group focuses on microanalytical methods and microchip-based diagnostics for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

Sue Lunte Research Group

Dr. Todd Halihan is a professor of geology at the Boone Pickens School of Geology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Halihan's particular interest is beneath our Earth's surface. He has a background in both geology and physics, he's also a professional driller and is a divemaster! Dr. Halihan has many areas of expertise which made for an insightful and entertaining program on Science Studio this week.

Dr. Pannell discusses the importantance of local zoo's in our environment with El Paso Zoo veterinarian and director Steve Marshall and Victoria Milne. They talk about the survival of certain rare species and what you can do to help.

Roberto Cao, professor of science at the University of Havana, was this week's guest and discussed how he got his start in science as well, as well as what led him to his particular interest in nitric oxide. 

On this edition of Science Studio, Keith Pannell and Russ Chianelli speak with Dr. Rudy Ortiz from the University of California Merced. 

 Professor Ortiz's research focuses on the regulation of kidney function and metabolism in a variety of animal models, including seals and dolphins, with the intent that the data will have translative value to clinical medicine. 


On this edition of Science Studio we meet two UTEP professors, Igor Almeida, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences, and Katja Michael, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry.  They have received $6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve treatment and develop new diagnostic tools to assess post-therapeutic outcomes for patients with Chagas disease.

Part 2 of our interview with Nigel Raine, Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Keith Pannell and co-host Liz Walsh, Professor of Biological Sciences at UTEP, speak with Nigel Raine.  

 Raine is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada whose research focuses on pollinator conservation and behaviour and monitoring of wild pollinator populations in Ontario.

Lane Martin is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Martin's work focuses on developing materials that will change the way we live. In particular, he works on the synthesis, characterization, and utilization of advanced functional electronic materials. Ultimately his research is aimed at enabling dream applications in areas ranging from new modes of computation, memory and data storage, energy conversion, sensing and transduction, actuation, and much more.

Dr. Steve Patterson is a professor of the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Patterson’s research is particularly interested in creating an antidote for cyanide. Current treatments for cyanide poisoning are slow acting and can have serious life-threatening side effects. His research team is developing a series of antidotes that use an enzyme that converts cyanide to a non-toxic substance. His results have shown that these antidotes are more effective than current treatments available. Dr. Patterson continues to work on expanding this series of antidotes, to improve their efficacy in reversing cyanide toxicity, and to move these potential treatments into clinical trials.

Dr. Teresa Ubide at the University of Queensland. Dr. Ubide is a volcanologist with a passion for understanding why, how and when volcanic eruptions start. She studies a wide range of active and past volcanic systems in different tectonic settings around the world, and her current research focuses on minerals hosted in volcanic rocks, as they provide a detailed record of the processes leading to eruptions.

This week, we began a new season by welcoming Dr. Eric Scerri, author, chemist and a leading philosopher of science specializing in the history and philosophy of the periodic table. Dr. Scerri's research includes chemical education and historical-philosophical questions such as the reduction of chemistry to quantum mechanics. He continues to work on the foundations of the periodic table, including whether it makes sense to speak of an ‘optimal’ table and the form such a table might take.


Dr. Andrew Doust is a professor of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. While host Keith Pannell was on travels, he had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Doust about his field of interest as well as his most recent research findings. Dr. Doust primarily studies the evolution of plant morphology. His lab projects include the evolution of plant architecture in grasses, developmental genetics of domestication evens in foxtail millet and other grasses, and evolution of fruit shape and of seed oils.


James Day is an Associate Professor in the Geosciences Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. James is a geologist and geochemist whose research focuses on volcanism and what the mineralogy and composition of rocks can tell about how the planets formed and evolved to their present-day states. He studies asteroids and products formed in the mantle of Mars, the Earth, and the Moon, and on this week's Science Studio we got to discuss all his areas of interests and expertise.