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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. 

Host Dr. Keith Pannell sits down with Geo-Physicist Dr. Adam Booth of the University of Leeds in England to discuss ice-calving in glaciers.  Cows have calves, glaciers have icebergs. which are chunks of ice that break off glaciers and fall into the water.

Dr. Keith Pannell welcomes President elect of the ACS, Dr. Luis Echegoyen from the University of Texas at El Paso. For the past years involved in the synthesis and characterization of new Uranium -based endohedral fullerenes. 

Dr. Keith Pannel sits down with his guest Pravindra Kumar an Indian biophysicist, biochemist and professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. He is know for his work on protein-protein interations, protein engineering and structure based drug design.

SCIENCE STUDIO - Dr. Frances J. Cooper

Jul 9, 2019

Dr. Pannell welcomes Professor Frances Cooper from the University of Bristol in England. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanics of large-scale continental deformation and the evolution of orogenic systems.

Dr. Pannell sits down with Dr. Bin Chen an Assistant Researcher in Mineral Physics and Experimental Petrology at Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The focus of my research is to understand the physics and chemistry of Earth and planetary interiors through direct examination of material properties under high pressure-temperature conditions using a wide spectrum of techniques available in synchrotron and neutron facilities and in-house laboratories.

SCIENCE STUDIO - Dr. Sue Brantley

May 27, 2019

Dr. Pannell sits down the Dr. Sue Brantley, distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. She is particularly interested in the critical zone - the zone from the top of vegetation canopy to groundwater. 

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.