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.

  The once quiet field of epigenetics is now making big waves in the biological sciences.  Laboratories across the world are filling up with researchers studying the human epi-genome.  It literally means above the genome.  On the program, producer Sheri Quinn explores this paradigm shift in biology with German scientist Wolf Riek, recognized as a world leader in the field of epi-genetics.  


  Aired: 5/10/13 We hear about the war in Afghanistan from the perspective of one of the nation's leading industrialists there until the 1980s.  Author Nasser Shansab joins us to talk about his experience growing up in Afghanistan within one of the nation's most prominent families and how his forced exile influenced his unique role in the u.s us government.  

Today on the program, "The Cloud" by Matt Richtel is a non-stop thriller that melds cutting edge science with a technological mystery. We talk with the New York Times reporter Matt Richtel about his new book "The Cloud."


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A clean and abundant water supply is the most pressing issue facing our society today. Joining Sheri Quinn on the program is Utah State University water quality expert Nancy Mesner. She works with state agencies to ensure our watersheds remain healthy into the future.


On the program, Sheri Quinn talks to author Caleb Daniloff about his new book called "Running Ransom Road," a vivid account of his 18-month-long experience running marathons in the cities he wrecked havoc in as an alcoholic. With each marathon, he confronted the past and paved his road to redemption.


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Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to author David Gessner about his latest article "How Vernal Utah Grew to Love Big Oil" in the March 2013 issue of One Earth magazine.


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Jack Schmidt, professor in Utah State University's department of watershed sciences and head of the US 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 in an effort to restore habitats altered by the use of dams. 

On the program, Schmidt discusses the history of the Colorado River and the environmental and political threats the waterway is currently under and how they will impact the future uses of the river. 

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Today on the program producer's Sheri Quinn and Elaine Taylor explore Nine Mile Canyon, known as the world's longest prehistoric rock art gallery. Because of the boom in gas and oil exploration in the area, archeologists have been able to uncover ancient mysteries buried beneath the canyon's narrow corridors.


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A University of Utah study released this month offers hope in stopping melanoma from spreading. Researcher’s found that inhibiting certain proteins prevents metastasis in lungs in mice. Today on the program, Dr. Allie Grossman, co-author of the study, joins us to discuss the study and melanoma – the most serious forma of skin cancer.


 

During the first half of Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks with author Christine Geery about her first book, "A Heart Full of Hope." In the book, she tells the stories of what she calls her "ordinary life." Each story reveals the extraordinary experiences many of us can relate to but oftentimes overlook.

 


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A new University of Utah study released in late February reveals the rate of infections from surgeries is actually in our genes, meaning that some who get an infection as a result of surgery can blame it on their relatives, even distant ones.

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Host Sheri Quinn presents a one-hour special report about the history of Utah's mental health system called "The State of the Utah's Health." Changes have taken place over the last couple of years to overhaul what mental health industry experts call an outdated system that does not work and is currently in crisis. 

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On today's Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks to New York Times technology reporter Matt Richtell about his new novel,"The Cloud." In his book, Ricktell weaves today's cutting edge technology into a suspenseful story about the addictive power of technology that keeps you gripped to the last page.  In the second half, Science Questions explores the effects of climate change from new climate data and how changes in national energy plans can benefit the economy.

We talk with Utah State University physicist Jeff Hazboun about his kayaking adventure along a stretch of the Kamchatka River in eastern Russia where he collected water samples for scientific research. He also took part in a National Geographic television series and discovered new whitewater.  He will be Friday night's featured speaker for USU's Science Unwrapped.

On the second half we discuss apes related to the  poaching in Africa. 

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On Science Questions we discuss the fate of the rare bird, the Gunnison Sage Grouse. It has been recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service to be listed as an endangered species. These curious birds inhabit small portions in Colorado and Utah and number from 3,000-5,000.

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Coyotes are the most abundant predator in America. Today we talk about the controversial K9 and it’s perseverance in the West and question the force of human kind and nature. 

On today’s program, we  look at the first installment of a series featuring artists and engineers from across the nation. Gabriel Hugh Elkaim, an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, joins us to discuss robotics. He developed one of the first robotic lawn mowers and in college, designed a winged, robotic catamaran. This design is used as a model for other robotic boats.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  Most of the roughly 5,000 Gunnison sage-grouse are in Colorado but a small population of about 150 birds nest in southeastern Utah in Monticello.  According to USFWS supervisor of ecological services in Colorado Patti Gillet, the agency has until September 2013 to determine if the species will be listed as endangered.
 

Archeological data suggests the Aché Indians lived and hunted throughout the Atlantic rainforest in Paraguay for thousands of years. Now they are cornered near a shrinking region of the endangered forest, rich in biodiversity and hosts several species threatened with extinction. One Salt Lake resident worked with the tribe. His book tells the story of a fictional band of Aché forced to deal with the diminishing forest in "The Shrinking Jungle.

  Major scientific studies conducted by a team of international scientists, warn there will be no virtually no fish or seafood from the ocean by the middle of the century.  Only 50 years left for sea fish. Mark Kurlansky, prominent author of numerous non fiction books and articles, well-known for his bestseller COD: the fish that changed the world, has a new book out now for children and adults, called "A World Without Fish." 

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Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks with writer Patrick Radden Keefe. With the drug-related violence in Mexico thriving, understanding how the drug industry operates is crucial to combatting it. Keith investigated the business side of the blooming illegal drug trade and in June 2012 his report, Cocaine Inc. was published in the New York Times Magazine.

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Imagine a spacecraft as light as your laptop and small enough to fit in your hand. Small satellites, ranging in size from a smart phone to a loaf of bread, are making access to space cheaper and faster. They typically cost 100 times less than traditional satellites that are as large as a school bus.

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Carpenter about recent advances in the study of dinosaurs and why Utah is one of the best places on earth to study them.  

At 9:30 science questions explores the era after the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Eocene, where mammals ruled the planet.

Downwinders

Nov 9, 2012

There isn't anyone in the U.S. who isn't a downwinder. In collaboration with local artists, Utah state history, and City Academy Charter School, Higher Ground Learning, a creative learning center for youth and 5 teenagers, explored nuclear testing, power and waste from their classroom and from their camp-out in the Utah West Desert, one of the areas hardest hit by the nuclear fall-out.

Utah is the only state in the U.S. to enact a law that requires someone who is engaged in bioprospecting to notify the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands before removing certain microorganisms, plants, or fungi from state lands. Bioprospecting is the search for and collection of biological material, usually microbes, that could prove either economically useful or in environmental protection efforts. For example if extreme algae in the Great Salt Lake can make a biofuel without impacting the ecosystem it can be harnessed in the laboratory.

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