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.

Friday on Access Utah, we first have  Science Questions, storytelling is combined with music as people tell their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and the earthquakes and other effects from it.

Today on Science Questions, we begin a two-part series titled, "In the state of Mental Breakdown" discussing the overhaul of the Valley Mental Health system.

Valley mental health has been the major, and almost only mental health provider across the Wasatch Front for the past two decades, and is now under a revamp. Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery talk to doctors and patients to find out how this affects the care given to those who need it.

Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn speaks to film makers Don Argott and Sheena Joyce about their movie, The Atomic States of America. The film takes a look at the impact of nuclear power on the lives of every-day Americans, from well-known incidents like Love Canal to the present-day concerns, like the Blue Castle Power Plant in Southern Utah.

The second half of the hour is Science Questions, the beginning of a two-part series titled, "In the state of Mental Breakdown" discussing the overhaul of the Valley Mental Health system.

Science Questions profiles the oil and gas industry, particularly the technique called horizontal hydraulic fracturing. It's like a modern-day gold rush and it is breaking new ground in pockets all over the nation bringing jobs and money to the towns near you.

Today on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn explores a future where gasoline is obsolete and cars run on electrically charged roadways. BMW engineer Jesse Schnieder is on an international task force that is setting the standards for the next generation of electric cars.

At 9:30, Science Questions profiles the oil and gas industry, particularly the technique called horizontal hydraulic fracturing. It's like a modern-day gold rush and it is breaking new ground in pockets all over the nation bringing jobs and money to the towns near you.

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Saturday is World Astronomy Day and we're celebrating by spending the whole hour hanging out with astronomers.

First up is Tyler Nordgren, astronomer and Assistant Professor of Physics at University of the Redlands in California. He visited 12 national parks in one year, photographing the stars in order to create the book Skies Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks.

Get ready for a live Science Questions, when Sheri Quinn learns all about the end of the world from astronomer Phil Plait. Will a coronal mass ejection and solar flares knock out half the Earth's power and leave millions in the cold? Will a huge asteroid strike the Earth and send us the way of the dinosaurs? Perhaps our planet will be sucked into a giant black hole. Scariest of all could be supernovae close enough to cause mass extinction.

SQ Radio introduces us to the brand new Molecular Biotechnology Lab on the University of Utah campus, where interdisciplinary research teams will collaborate to advance big areas in science like nanotechnology, renewable energy, early disease detection, and geochemistry.

Then they profile a USTAR - USU Energy Dynamics Lab project called Intuitive Building, where engineers are developing software and devices that essentially decode an office room scene in order to light it based on the occupants' daily patterns and preferences. The wave of the future!

 

Science questions reveals new research on the effects of environmental toxins and autism and the legal and ethical implications of human diseases caused by environmental exposures. 

The Obama Administration is proposing to keep the 2013 National Institute of Health budget the same as this year’s budget, 30.7 billion dollars.  But researchers across the nation say it is not enough and it’s affecting the economy and the pace of medical advances.  Today on the program producer Sheri Quinn talks to Maryland based oncologist Dr. Steve Meltzer who is leading an effort to increase the NIH funding to 33 billion dollars.

Tracking the Coyote

Apr 6, 2012

The clown, the hero, the fool, the sacred one...the coyote plays a number of roles including the most abundant predator in North America. Tracking the coyote takes us on a thorny trail filled with political, ethical and environmental strife that forces us to confront the human struggle for power over nature. Science Questions presents this controversial canine and its perseverance in the West.

Science Questions takes a comprehensive look at what's called the "Paleo Diet", a way of eating that mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors: lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Electric roads could power cars in the near future. Today, on Access Utah, we re-broadcast our episode on the international Electric Roads and Vehicles Conference, held in Park City last month.

At 9:30 Science Questions takes a comprehensive look at what's called the "Paleo Diet", a way of eating that mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors: lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Stem Cell Research

Mar 23, 2012

Science Questions explores stem cell therapy and its potential to transform the treatment of human disease.  Adult stem cells have been used to treat leukemia since the late 1950s. Among early attempts to do this were several bone marrow transplants conducted in France following a radiation accident.

The Mayflower was the ship that in 1620 transported the pilgrims from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Massachusetts.  Using genealogical records two anthropologists are tracing the life history and migration of these early first settlers. Today on the program they discuss the surprising details of their journey and what they can reveal about ourselves today.

Though the field of Epigenetics was conceived in the era of platforms and poly-leisure suits, it has received sparse media attention. And now, scientists are realizing it has the potential to explain A LOT about human disease and evolution particularly, the grey areas where genetics seems to fall short.

90% of the world's large fish are gone due to over-consumption of seafood and by 2048 all ocean fish could be extinct if the world continues to consume at this rate. On Access Utah today, Sheri Quinn talks to Michael Sutton, Vice President of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, about this global problem.

Part 3 of Science Questions' series on epigenetics is in the second half.

Science Questions presents Part II of the series we started last week about Epigenetics: The New Frontier in Science and Medicine. Today's episode explores current research on the origins of mental illness through the lens of epigenetic science.

Today on Access Utah, directors Don Argott and Sheena Joyce talk to Sheri Quinn about their 2012 documentary film, Atomic States of America, which premiered this year at Sundance. The film captures both the history of nuclear energy and the potentially looming disaster at our aging sites.

At 9:30 Science Questions presents Part 2 of the series we started last week about Epigenetics: The New Frontier in Science and Medicine. Today's episode explores current research on the origins of mental illness through the lens of epigenetic science.

Science Questions talks to Randy Jirtle, a scientist dedicated to the resurgence of the field of epigenetics and its implications for the future of biology and medicine.

On Access Utah this morning we hear from biologist Robert Rockwell from the American Museum of Natural History about his work in the Arctic tundra and his current research on the impact of global climate change and its effect on the interaction of species in that region and beyond.

At 9:30, on Science Questions we hear from Randy Jirtle, a scientist dedicated to the resurgence of the field of epigenetics and its implications for the future of biology and medicine.

Science Questions profiles the largest international gem fair in the world in Tuscon, Arizona -- a bustling marketplace where meteorites, trilobites, and rare gems are showcased.

Today, the very personal story of one man's battle with pancreatic cancer and new research from USTAR scientists, working around-the-clock to design a cancer screening device that will provide early diagnosis of the disease.

At 9:30 Science Questions profiles the world's largest international gem fair in Tuscon, Arizona -- a bustling marketplace where meteorites, trilobites, and rare gems are showcased.

For most of us, no matter how far removed, the words "Back to School" conjure up strong images. This week, Science Questions is going back to school and heralding two exceptional science teachers.

Electricity is the future of transportation according to engineers at the Electric Roads and Vehicles Conference in Park City, Utah, today. Presenter John Boys, Professor of Electronics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, pioneered the technology called "inductive power transfer" that allows vehicles to receive electric power from roads, doing away with the need to fuel up or plug in. With escalating gas prices Boys says we need an alternative to keep our cities moving.

At 9:30 Science Questions Explores what's in your school lunch.

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