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.

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.

Science Questions presents a one-hour special today with Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams, musician Randall Williams, and a talented group of junior high students at Salt Lake Arts Academy who created songs, along with Williams, about time based on Lightman's book. Their journey offers a unique window into the power of hands-on education and the beauty of blending the arts and sciences.

Today Science Questions presents a one-hour Sundance Film Festival special broadcast profiling one of the festival's documentary film highlights, Chasing Ice.

Photographer James Balog turned his 2007 National Geographic cover story about melting glaciers into a monumental five-year photography project about climate change. The documentary, directed by Jeff Orlowski, follows Balog's "extreme ice survey" -- an experiment that placed time-lapse cameras across three continents to capture massive ice melting and the effects of climate change.

Science Questions profiles the Civilian Conservation Corp and its impact on how we manage our public lands today.