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.

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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Illustrations by Steve McNiven; Coloring by R. Kikuo Johnson.

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.

NASA/SDO

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.

  The environmental impact of energy development across the west was the theme at the Restoring the West conference at Utah State University this week. Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to a conservation ecologist about the effects of the largest gas field in the U.S. on the endemic pronghorn population that winters on these gas fields in western Wyoming.  Science Questions features tonight's Science Unwrapped guest, astrophysicist Pablo Laguna. Dr. Laguna is also a numerical relativist. He uses super computers to model black holes and gravitational waves. 

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Courtesy of Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona

   The amazing recordist Chris Watson, from Britain, takes us on a sound journey to  Antarctica, where he encounters some of the rarest sounds on Earth.  At 9:30, we visit the Pope's summer home in Italy, to hear about astronomy. 

Sheri Quinn speaks to local author Christine Geery, who wrote "A Heart Full of Hope," a memoir about the challenges of growing up. 

At 9:30 on Science Questions, we explore a new trend in education at community colleges across the nation- Industry in the classroom, specifically in the bio-technical field. The change is happening to better prepare students for jobs in the ever-changing market. 

Mary Robinson served as president of Ireland from 1990 - 1997 and was the first woman to chair the U.N. Commission for Human Rights. She is also the founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, advocates for the integration of human rights, gender sensitivity, and enhanced accountability in politics. As president, Robinson bravely fought for women's rights, gay and lesbian rights, and for other underserved populations in the country, bridging religious, social, and economic groups.

Science Questions profiles leading scientists in Utah’s pharmaceutical industry.  It is a risky business that pays off well when a drug makes it to market but the chances of getting there are slim. 

The science of dinosaurs is the topic at USU's Science Unwrapped lecture series tonight.  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to the guest speaker, paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Carpenter about dinosaur behavior and biology.  

At 9:30 Science Questions profiles leading scientists in Utah’s pharmaceutical industry.  It is a risky business that pays off well when a drug makes it to market but the chances of getting there are slim. 

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Wyo. Game and Fish

Drug addiction is an epidemic in the U.S.  September is national recovery month and it is also pain awareness month. Treatment for chronic pain can sometimes lead to addiction.  Dr. Lynn Webster specializes in addiction and pain medicine.  He talks to producer Sheri Quinn about the challenges of treating addiction and current methods that are the most successful according to his experience with the national problem.

Science Questions presents current wolf policies across the west and the new book called "Wolfer," a memoir about one man's experience trapping and hunting wolves for the federal government and how it changed his life's direction.   

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to wildlife biologist William ripple about wolves in the Yellowstone ecology.  His research shows the re-introduction of wolves there has improved the habitat and it has also revived a species of aspen tree, and some birds, fish, and insects. At 9:30 Science Questions presents current wolf policies across the west and the new book called "wolfer," a memoir about one man's experience trapping and hunting wolves for the federal government and how it changed his life's direction.   

12-year-old Deborah Partin lives in a historic farm house along route 260 in Monroe County bordering the Ohio River in southeastern Ohio. She lives there with her parents, Ruth and Mike, a few horses, chickens, goats, cats, and dogs. They grow berries and other crops on 205 acres of land.

Science Questions guides you through the steps to launch a rocket into outer space with the private aerospace company ATK based in northern Utah.  Then,  Science Questions presents current satellite research and a student driven project in space that was developed at USU's Space Dynamics Lab. 

Art has captured the historical record of science through time. Today on the program tonight's Science Unwrapped speaker, Dr. Laura Gelfand, head of Utah State University's  Department of Art and Desgin discusses science in prominent works of art, particularly during the Renaissance period. At 9:30, Science Questions guides you through the steps to launch a rocket into outer space with the private aerospace company ATK based in northern Utah.

Science questions explores science education through the innovative lens of a Native American scientist named Ed Galindo.  He is infamous for landing his student's high school science project on the international space station.

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