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.

World renowned researcher of African lion biology, Craig Packer, presented a seminar at Utah State University January 22nd to the Department of Wild land Resources.  Dr. Packer's work is revealing the impacts of top predators on ecosystems and his work may also explain why humans are afraid of the dark.

Welcome to Access Utah.  The Utah State University Science Unwrapped series this winter and spring focuses on "SuperPower Scientists."  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to tonight's featured speaker astro-physicist Lucianne Walkowicz about NASA's Kepler Mission and the search for planets. 

We're taking the science out of SQ Radio program today, and featuring art. Cinematic art to be exact. The Utah Sundance Film Festival begins Jan. 16, and we present filmmaker Sterlin Harjo from Holdenville, Okla.

In 2006, Harjo was the youngest and first Native American to receive the United States Artist Fellowship.

Harjo joins SQ Radio to discuss his documentary film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival titled, "This May Be The Last Time."

Dan McGlinn, AU, Sheri Quinn

Utah State University ecologist Daniel McGlinn was  part of a research team that created the largest evolutionary "time-tree" of plants.  This tree is helping scientists understand how plants evolved to tolerate frigid winter temperatures. Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to McGlinn about the project and his field of study macro-ecology.

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Two Cache Valley women are giving Utah prisoners a new chance behind the bars using dried plants. Today on the program, producers Sheri Quinn and Elaine Taylor explore the "plants in jail" program started by Sara Lamb and Mary Barkworth, where inmates prepare plant material for the Utah State University herbarium.

The Dutch company Mars One Foundation announced this week they have received more than 20,000 applications from aspiring astronauts who are willing to travel to mars on a one-way ticket.  Friday on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks to aerospace engineer Walter Holemans, who joins her from Washington DC to talk about why he thinks they should stay on earth.  Mr. Holemans also sums up the major accomplishments of the aerospace industry in 2013.  

USU graduate student Andrew Durso thinks snakes get a bad wrap and is working hard to change their bad reputation with his online blog titled “Life is short but snakes are long.” He has garnered an online following including editors of the magazine “Scientific American.” This Monday, Dec. 9, he is co-hosting a Blog Carnival in recognition of the year of the snake. Sheri Quinn talks to Durso about his reptile research and online success.



After, Science Questions presents an encore presentation featuring the group of journalist for PBS Newshour's series "Coping with Climate Change-Arctic Thaw."

The World Health Organization estimates 2.9 billion people are infected with parasitic nematodes, or roundworms. They also effect insects and plants, and have a significant financial impact on agriculture world wide, worsening the global food shortage. Today on the program, reporters Sheri Quinn and Suzy   Montgomery present new research conducted by University of Utah scientist Aude Peden. She offers hope for new drugs to combat the infestation of parasitic nematodes. After, two Utah cheesemongers from Whole Foods in Salt Lake City discuss the best cheeses for your holiday dinner table.

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the first major update of federal food safety laws since 1938. FSMA gives the FDA new abilities to prevent food safety problems, detect and respond to food safety issues, and improve the safety of imported foods. The act is geared to help prevent the outbreaks of food-borne illnesses that are on the rise-- though seldom traced back to small local producers.

Science Questions explores the phenomena of fire. Sheri Quinn covers two different stories about fire, from two very different people: A scientists and a writer. Tune into to hear how fire changes science, ecosystems and human energy. 


The Food and Drug Administration is accepting public comments for the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act, through November 15, 2013. In its current form the rule, if passed, could cost farmers thousands of dollars every week or month. Farmers will have to comply with new regulations such as mandatory weekly water testing and treatment, wildlife monitoring and rigorous manure and composting standards. It threatens the subsistence of small, local farms with small profits, at a time when they are on the rise across the U.S.

Today on Access Utah, Jack Schmidt, professor in Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences and head of the U.S. Geological Survey's Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, has long studied the Colorado River. He's among the team of scientists that designed a series of controlled releases of water from Glen Canyon Dam, starting in 1996, in an effort to restore habitats altered by the use of dams.

Science Questions profiles India's largest public toilet system that has saved the "Untouchables" from a lifetime of cleaning up human waste. Later, we hear about the amazing ability of what are called Cemetery Trees.

On today's Access Utah Sheri Quinn discusses population growth and climate change eco-cities are on the rise across the world. Cities that are committed to producing renewable energy-renewable resources and removing carbon waste. Cache Valley resident and long-time sustainability living activist Jim Goodwin joins us to talk about the challenges Cache Valley faces as the valley grows and seeks cleaner energy alternatives.

This is an Encore Presentation of Access Utah.

Science Questions explores the Paleo Diet that has swept the nation in recent years.  The diet promotes eating like a hunter gatherer, which means cutting out most breads, dairy and processed foods.  

Today on Access Utah we discuss how roughly 300,000 patients in the U.S get surgical site infections every year. A 2013 University of Utah study suggests that some of those infections are connected to a heritable genetic mutation.  Today on the program, Dr. Harriet Hopf, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine joins us to discuss the scope of the problem and her recent findings.

Science Questions explores the recent Colorado flood with author Laura Pritchett.  She watched and listened to the flood from her Colorado home and observed the aftermath that included thousands of gallons of fracking fluid leaking into the rivers.  She recalls her shocking experiences writing about the disaster, after seeing the damage from an airplane.

Cache Valley has some of the worst air in the nation a few days out of the year, typically in the winter time.  Even short-term exposure to air pollution can cause long-term health effects according to studies conducted at Utah State University.  Today on the program, Utah State University toxicologist Dr. Roger Coloumbe joins us to discuss the Cache Valley air pollution studies and how it impacts our health. 

This program originally aired June 5th 2013.

The most famous person with autism, Temple Grandin, has a new book out called The Autistic Brain-Thinking Across the Spectrum, and it is currently number 21 on the best seller list. On the program, producer Sheri Quinn presents this two-part program on autism.  In the first half, Temple Grandin talks about the book, her latest research in the livestock industry, and what she thinks parents, clinicians, and educators should be doing to improve the lives of children with autism.

Temperatures in the Arctic are warming twice as fast as any other place on the planet. Science Questions takes us behind the scenes of this week’s PBS NEWSHOUR report: Climate Change- Arctic Thaw, a three part series chronicling the cascading effects of climate change on the environment and lifestyle of the Native Alaskans, The Eskimos. 

Community supported agricultural farms, called CSA’s for short, are blooming across the nation and they are gaining popularity in Utah as well. There are currently over 40 CSA’s across the state. Last week on the show Utah State University’s sustainable communities’ expert Roslyn Brain discussed how CSA’s can help us “eat” our way to a more sustainable community. Today, she takes us another step closer to nature and talks about the newest trend in sustainable gardening-permaculture.

There is a sustainability movement blossoming across thee Unites States, and it's community supported agricultural farms are an incredible result of the trend over the past decade. Utah State University Naturalist Roslynn Brain shares Utah's efforts towards a more sustainable future and how you can eat your way to a smaller carbon footprint.

Several days a year Cache Valley’s air quality is worse than the air in big cities such as Beijing, China. Today on the program Utah State University environmental engineer Randy Martin, joins us to talk about what’s causing the pollution in cache valley and the State strategies to clean it up so everyone can breathe easy.  

Science Questions explores global population and environmental health. Our planet has reached a milestone: In 2011, the world population reached 7 billion people and by the end of the century, it will top 10 billion. Unsustainable human population growth and over consumption are driving species extinct, and destroying wildlife habitat.

Daniel Geery A summer with Freeman
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Salt Lake City based educator and inventor Daniel Geery has a new novel out this Summer titled “ A Summer with Freeman.” It is a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who flee to the nearby wilderness to live off the land in search of peace from the town bully. Today on the program, Geery joins us to talk about the book and the lessons within it that he hopes will benefit modern education.