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Suzi Montgomery

Program Producer, Science Questions

Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Suzi Montgomery has been in Salt Lake city since 1993. She holds a Bachelor's in Anthropology and a Master's in French Literature & Teaching and is currently an educator and the Senior Producer of SQ Radio, a weekly science radio show from UPR. Radio became her preferred medium after working as a documentarian for the Utah State Anthropology Department and using her archive of 200 interviews of Southern Utah ranchers in the classroom, working with youth to turn firsthand history into radio documentaries. This was the inception of an award-winning youth radio documentary apprenticeship program she ran during her seven-year tenure as Executive Director of Higher Ground Learning, an urban experiential education center.
 
Ms. Montgomery is an advocate for public education and continues to teach in the classroom while using pedagogy to inform her approach to science radio -- the positive impact a teacher can have on a student’s life is one of the things she takes most seriously and radio storytelling is not only a great educational tool, but also the most direct route to the public ear.

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Science Questions
1:48 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

In the State of Mental Breakdown, Part I

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.

Science Questions
4:33 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Fracking: Modern-Day Gold Rush

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.

Access Utah
4:37 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Skies Above: Celebrating Astronomy Friday on AU

Night sky above Big Bend National Park from Sky Above, Earth Below
Copyright Tyler Nordgren

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.

Science Questions
5:45 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Innovative Utah

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
3:29 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Environmental Toxins and Autism

 

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. 

Science Questions
3:51 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

The Paleo Diet

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.

Science Questions
4:48 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Epigenetics: Part III

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.

Access Utah
2:46 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Our Overfished Oceans

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
9:42 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Epigenetics: Part II

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.

Science Questions
4:55 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Meteorites, Trilobites, and More . . . at the Tuscon Gem & Mineral Show

Tuscon Gem & Mineral Society Poster

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.

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