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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. 

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.