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.

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to local cheese mongers about our addiction to cheese and how to shop for the best kinds of cheese from across the world. 

At 9:30 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.  

At 9:30 science questions profiles physicist Kip Thorne, who grew up in Logan, just below the Utah State University campus.  Thorne's research has focused on gravitation physics and astrophysics with an emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and gravitational waves.

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to singer songwriter Bill Miller.  He grew up on a Mohican Indian reservation in Wis., which inspires much of his music and his work with troubled youth.  At 9:30 science questions profiles physicist Kip Thorne, who grew up in Logan, just below the Utah State University campus.  Thorne's research has focused on gravitation physics and astrophysics with an emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and gravitational waves.

Einstein's Dream was first published in 1994, has been translated into 30 languages and has been the basis for more than two dozen independent theatrical and musical productions. Author Alan Lightman worked with producers Paul Stancato and Brian Rhinehart to create a musical piece that followed the strains of the book.  Today on Science Questions, Sheri Quinn hosts author and Paul Stancato to discuss the book and music focused around Einstein's dreams of time, teaching students to write about time, and other performances. 

Small satellites are the lasting trend in the space business, they can save your life and are something the public benefits from everyday when we use electronics like cell phones or iPads. On Friday’s special one-hour program, producer Sheri Quinn explores the 26th annual small satellite conference that took place the past week at Utah State University. There were 1,100 attendees from 23 countries, sharing knowledge and ideas, technology and aerospace products. 


Science Questions presents new research at Utah State University on climate change in Utah, a new study on the effects of nature on infants, and then SQ radio presents a story that traces the moon landing to find out about the mysterious "moon tree."  

As school days edge closer, producers Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery present this special archival program, a compilation of previously aired youth produced stories from Utah teens from City Academy Charter School in Salt Lake City.  We learn about one teen's gang life, what a boiler maker is, and one teen's perspective on polygamy.  

Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory last night after "Curiosity" had survived the harrowing plunge.

NASA's Mars rover landed safe and sound on the surface of Mars late Sunday night. The 1-ton, 6-wheeled laboratory nailed an intricate and risky touchdown much to the relief and joy of over 300 people who watched the historic event live at the University of Utah.

Science Questions profiles two farmers living on opposite sides of the country, but whom are both profoundly impacted by the oil and gas industry. Science Questions goes to the heart of farm land in Ohio and Utah, where natural gas extraction and farming collide. 

Every seven seconds someone in the world is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Today on Access Utah, Author Patti Kerr joins Sheri Quinn to discuss her personal journey with caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease. She offers practical advice for caregivers. 

 Science Questions profiles the work of paleogeologist Lonnie Thompson, famous for his ice archive and studies of melting glacial ice. 

The greater Sage Grouse is symbol of conservation across the western United States.  There are only about 200,000 of these birds left in the wild and states where this iconic sage grouse inhabit are all collaborating on a conservation plan, Utah included.  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to wildlife biologist Allison Jones about the greater sage grouse and efforts in Utah to protect it.

Science Questions goes into the heart of Nine Mile Canyon in Eastern Utah, where the oil and gas industry has a stronghold. But while extracting natural resources, they are also preserving the canyon's rock art legacy and cultural resources. 

Author Theresa Small from Idaho, joins us on the program today to tell us about her personal journey with her son's meth addiction. She wrote "How to Love an Addict" based on her experience and how she learned, essentially on her own, to take care of her son, herself, and the rest of her family, all while coping with the terrible side effects from an addiction. 

Science Questions presents a profile of an infamous Amur Tiger who stalked his human hunter in Siberia with Canadian author John Valliant. 

Jerry Grace Lyons, a Californian who is one of the pioneers of the Renasissance of midwifery. Rather than bring people into the world, she is sending them to rest in peace. 

Science questions profiles one of the largest and oldest known organisms on earth that resides right here in Utah: a type of quaking aspen. 

Autism rates across the United States are rising. A new Utah study suggest expanded diagnostic criteria could explain the new increatsed incidence of the disorder. Today on Access utah, Sheri Quinn talks to University of Utah adolescent and child psychiatrist Dr. Deborah Bilder about this new finding and her part in the research. 

Dr. Craig Stanford, author of “The Last Tortoise” goes in-depth about the plight of the tortoise across the globe. Tortoise populations are declining, partly because they are being taken as pets and for a food source, and Stanford offers his solutions to increasing their numbers and habitat. 

Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn presents a Great Salt Lake Institute Summer workshop where high school students work in the field alongside scientists studying the lake eco system including the notorious brine shrimp and brine flies that make the lake so famous. She’ll also talk to Dr. Stephen Whitmore about Utah State University students who won the fourth rocket building contest in the last five years this past April. 

Science Questions is part three in a series on teens and addiction. This episode  presents a new education trend geared toward treating and educating youth who struggle with addiction. These "Recovery Schools" are blooming across the nation, healing students and giving them a second chance at life and graduation.  The program features students from Valley High School in Salt Lake, and discuss the stigma of the school, and how they got an education that helped them grow there.

On today's Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks with Wildlife Biologist Steve Amstrup. He spent 27 years researching wild polar bears and was instrumental in getting the bears listed as a threatened species  under the Endangered Species Act. Today, as chief scientist for Polar Bears International, he no longer faces the polar bears in the icy Arctic terrain and instead focuses on raising public awareness about global climate change and its threat to polar bear populations. 

Today we feature a full hour of Science Questions, discussing the growing problem of teen drug use. From Marajuana to Oxycontin, teens tell their stories of addiction, rehabilitation, and growth. We hear from psychologists and non-professionals alike. 

Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery talk to the past and current members of the Conservation Corps. From the time of the Great Depression on, Americans have been actively engaged in conserving the wilderness for future generations. The duo talks to past members of the corps, teaching their experiences and telling their stories, along with how newcomers are changing the landscape today. Utah Conservation Corps members discuss their involvement and motivation for helping with the conservation of the American lands. 

Today on Access Utah we hear from Utah State University Anthropology Professor and author Steve Simms. He has spent the last few decades researching and learning of Utah's ancient peoples with archeology as his scientific tool. His book, "Ancient Peoples of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau," details human occupation starting in the region 13 thousand years ago.