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.

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.