Sheri Quinn

Program Producer, Science Questions

Sheri Quinn has been doing science radio for the past twelve years. She started the very first science radio program in Utah in 1999, and since has produced multiple national and international broadcasts, including producing an audio series on the Aché in Paraguay and efforts to save the last remnants of the Atlantic Rain Forest.  She is a veteran reporter who has interviewed numerous world-leading scholars, corresponding for Voice of America and NPR.

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The Mau Mau Rebellion was a military conflict that took place from 1950 to 1962 in British Kenya. The Mau Mau failed to capture widespread public support partly due to the British policy of divide, conquer and rule.  The movement remained divided despite attempts to unify its many arms .  Today on the program author Laura Lee discusses one man's history as a Mau Mau General and how he broke through the rebel stereotypes throughout his life. She spend over 1,000 hours transcribing his words to write the book "The Boy is Gone, Conversations with a Mau Mau General." 

    

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Biologist Niall McCann has made capturing the world's most dangerous creatures his part-time career, the rest of time he is at school working on his PhD focused on the much less threatening animal, the tapir.

Today in the program, host Sheri Quinn talks to McCann about his adventures and conservation work.Then Science Questions explores black holes with physicist Kip Thorne, a Logan native.


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For the first time scientists have dissected, from skin to blood and bones, a life-like Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur.  The massive creature was one of the fiercest carnivores in the history of the planet.  On Friday's AU, Sheri Quinn talks with the paleontologist leading the T. rex Autopsy, which is featured on the National Geographic Channel Sunday night.
Then, Science Questions explores new studies on autism presented at the International Meeting on Autism Research held in Salt Lake City in May.


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Welcome to Access Utah.  The new book "Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat" will make you think twice about eating bacon.  Author Barry Estabrook investigates the pork industry from the big factory farms to the small heritage pig farms, where pigs are raised on pastures instead of slaughterhouses. He reveals the intelligence of pigs through stories about pigs using computers and he writes about their emotional side as well.  

Sheri Quinn talks to Estabrook today on the program about the investigation into pig farming. Then on "Science Questions" a feature story from member station KUOW, in Seattle, presents a tale about the first tree on the moon. 


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The Coast Guard aviation community consists of approximately 800 pilots.  They’re some of the best pilots in the world.  Today Sheri Quinn talks to helicopter pilot Rick Hipes who served two decades in the Coast Guard, where he rescued people in the seas and mountains, and on the ground in cities.  He also helped capture one of the world's most notorious drug traffickers.  


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Welcome to Access Utah.  Small farmers are increasingly women these days.  They are currently raking in roughly 13 billion dollars in produce every year.  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to Audrey Levatino, a female farmer, who left her teaching job to start a small sustainable farm selling cut flowers, pretty much all by herself.  She is the author of "Woman Powered Farm."   

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 A bookseller in San Francisco during the Gold Rush, Hubert Howe Bancroft  rose to define the early history of California and the West. Creating what he called a “history factory,” he assembled a vast library of over sixty thousand books, maps, letters, and documents.  In 1890 he published an eight-hundred-page autobiography, titled "Literary Industries." Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to his great great granddaugher Kim Bancroft.  She edited all 800 pages in the modern abridged edition of "Literary Industries: Chasing the Vanishing West." 


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Welcome to Access Utah...The aerospace industry has been in the headlines recently with events such as the Space X launch of their Falcon 9 rocket this week, the announcement from the company Mars One revealing the 705 semi-finalist for the colonization of the planet Mars, and the recent merger of Orbital Science and ATK. 

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Cache Valley air quality has been getting a lot of attention the last several years.  A few days a year, usually in the wintertime, the air pollution in Logan is worse than most other U.S. cities.  On Friday's AU, Sheri Quinn talks to Utah State University environmental engineer Dr. Randy Martin about his current research on the major air pollution culprit, PM2.5  


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According to University of Utah anthropologist Ryan Shot, men want commitment when women are scarce. In his new study published in the Royal Society Open Science Journal, he challenges the sexual stereotype that women want commitment and men want commitment only sometimes.  His study of the Makushi in Guyana shows mate choice is much more complex. He found men are more likely to seek long-term relationships when women are in short supply. 

 In the second half of Friday's Access Utah, Sheri Quinn examines the possibilities of reporting on the United States' Central Intelligence Agency. She speaks with New York Times Reporter Mark Mazzetti, author of "The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth." Mazzetti discusses the process of U.S.-targeted killings, and other details, of our country's most secretive agency.

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The Great Salt Lake is so big, it is visible from outer space.  This so-called "Dead Sea" is a Utah gem and is teeming with life.  It hosts millions of migratory shore birds, hordes of aquatic insects, algae and of course brine shrimp. 

On Friday's AU Sheri Quinn talks with Utah State University ecologists Wayne Wurtsbaugh & Nancy Huntly about the lake and Friday night's Science Unwrapped lecture featuring the Great Salt Lake. 

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On Access Utah today we have Dr. Hope Jahren, Professor of Geobiology at University of Hawaii Manoa.  

Jahren’s research focuses on living and fossil organisms, and how they are chemically linked to the global environment. Using measurements of the stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen her group is working to learn about metabolism and environment, both in the Human environment, and through Geologic Time.

Dr. Jahren will be giving two lectures as part of the USU Ecology Center Seminar Series titled “Global Change and Your Dinner Plate” and "What Can the Carbon Isotope

Composition of Plant Tissue Tell Us?"

Then on SQ: we revisit a program looking at the theological implications of marijuana...

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Paleontologist Kenneth Carpenter is the museum director of the Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum and author or co-author of several books on dinosaurs and Mesozoic life. His main research interests are armored dinosaurs as well as the Early Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Cedar Mountain Formation in eastern Utah. He joins us on Friday’s Access Utah.

Then Science Questions takes a look at autism with Temple Grandin. 

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Temple Grandin is noted for autism and for her groundbreaking work on many of the nation's slaughterhouses - making them more humane.  She is Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has authored numerous books and papers on autism and agriculture.  On Science Questions, she discusses the latest brain research on autism.  


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One in 30 children in U.S. are homeless according to new report by national center of family homelessness released this week. Today on the program author Walter Biondi joins host Sheri Quinn to discuss what its like being a homeless teen in America  and how he was able to go from a street kid to a U.S. Interpol Chief and author. 


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Science Questions explores imprinted brain theory, which proposes that autism spectrum disorder represents a paternal bias in the expression of imprinted genes.


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The Greater Sage-Grouse is an iconic symbol of the American West.  They thrive in healthy sagebrush ecosystems in prime grazing land. Their population numbers are declining in states across the west.  Utah has a population of roughly 20,000 Greater Sage-Grouse and efforts are currently underway to work with private land owners to help protect the bird and preserve the environments they inhabit. An international forum about wildlife management of the Greater Sage-Grouse is taking place in Salt Lake City today and Friday. 

On Thursday’s AU, Sheri Quinn talks to a 5th generation rancher who grew up with sage-grouse, and USU wildlife biologist Terry Messmer, who conducts research on the biology and natural history of this famous Utah bird.

Then Science Questions at 9:30 AM

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This week on Science Questions intern, Hope Mckinny, talks to Nelson Mandela's former private secretary, Zelda LaGrange, about her new book, a memoir titled "Good Morning Mr. Mandela".  LaGrange offers insight into what being one of the world's most revered individuals was like.

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The Smithsonian Institution houses a vast collection of artifacts from across the nation and around the world.  What can all of these items tell us about American culture and history?  Friday on Access Utah, Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian, joins Sheri Quinn for a discussion about the stories they reveal.  At 9:30 Science Questions explores marijuana policy through the lens of a theologian. 


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At 9:30 Science Questions explores marijuana policy through the lens of a theologian.

Recreational marijuana became legal  in the state of Colorado for those 21 and older in 2014.  Washington and others states are preparing to follow suit.  Today on the program we explore the effects, from a theological perspective, that marijuana policies have had on society.  The Reverend Susan Brooks Thistlethwait, Ph. D joins us.

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Logan has some of the worst air in the nation several days many years.  On Friday’s AU, USU Professor of Toxicology, Roger Coulombe, talks to host Sheri Quinn about Cache Valley air and what is being done to help clean it up so we can all breathe a little easier.   

At 9:30 Science Questions explores the downwind effects of nuclear testing in Nevada and Utah in the 1950s and the science of nuclear bombs with one of the nation's first female chemists.   

Utah State University biologist Zachariah Gompert asks questions about evolution that have been eluding scientists for decades and he and colleagues are using the flood of new genetic tools to find clues to one of their main questions - is evolution predictable and repeatable? Sheri Quinn talks to Professor Gompert about his study recently published in the journal Science.  

Today on the program Science Questions presents a two-part program about autism and the brain from cutting edge scientists Temple Grandin and Christopher Badcock. They each approach autism from different disciplines and perspectives and shed new light on the spectrum disorder that is increasingly in the spotlight.  


On Science Questions, producers Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery explore marijuana policies and the long-term effects they have had on the U.S prison system...through the lens of theology from writer Reverend Dr. Susan Thistlewaite.  

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 It is Natural Resources Week at Utah State University and the theme is "Go Wild, It's All Around you."  Nature writer Emma Marris was a featured speaker during this week's celebration and she joins us today on the program to talk about the latest wave in conservation and her new book, The Rambunctious Garden, that is changing and challenging our traditional views of conservation.  


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