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Available Episodes

Below is a list of the episodes that have been post produced after the live discussion was recorded in the KBVR studio. Listen to each episode below or by searching media.oregonstate.edu. Episodes are also available on Itunes University.


Date Guest Program/Department(s) Post Production
2-28-12 Quamar Salih Organic Chemistry Joey Hulbert

From morphine to aspirin, many modern medicines owe their widespread use to the synthetic production of biologically active components found in medicinal plants. Yet many types of existing folk medicine possess valuable bioactive molecules we have little or no knowledge of at the chemical level! Joining us on this topic is Quamar Salih of the OSU Organic Chemistry department. In this episode Salih discusses his undergraduate work at Truman State and explains how important molecules found in trees and foliage such as Chinese Walnut and Japanese Maple might be mass produced for important medical purposes, such as treatments for Leukemia, once their molecular architecture is better understood. We learn about Salih's research at the Beaudry Lab, what "Chirality" is, and why it makes spearmint have a minty flavor instead of tasting like caraway seeds!

Follow these links, if you are interested in the research going on at the Beaudry Lab or if you are interested in Organic Chemistry!

Summary provided by Matthew McConnell

3-4-12 Ben Flint Forest Engineering and Resource Management Joey Hulbert

Expanding urban areas due to rampant population growth, resource depletion, and climate change are just a few of the threats that endanger the health of many forested areas in our country today. The state of Oregon is both the number one timber producer in the nation and one of the country's most vehement promoters of land protection law, so it is only appropriate that the OSU College of Forestry is also number one in the nation!  For over a century the protection and sustainable management of these productive ecosystems has been the continuing emphasis of education, research and development in everything from good and bad bugs to bulldozers.

In this episode, Ben Flint discusses forest derived bio-energy forest management. What's that? Well, it's using forest biomass- wood and wood products- as a renewable source of electricity to be produced in the U.S.A. But haven't we been using wood energy for over a thousand years? Ben explains the new touches to this old idea, how biomass could provide up to 20% of the country's energy need sustainably, and why Scandinavian countries are two decades ahead of us in this area!

Want to find out more? Click here to learn more about the College of Forestry at Oregon State, the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management, or learn more about the Forest Operations and Research group!

Also check out the College Forests where OSU conducts much of this research! Most areas are open to the public, and within easy driving or biking distance from campus!

Summary provided by Matthew McConnell

3-11-12 Lisa Weller Food Science & Microbiology Zhian Kamvar

Do you love hazelnuts? If you said, "Definitely!" , did you know that 99% of all the nation's hazelnuts are produced right here in Oregon? If you said, "Heck yeah, it's awesome!", did you also know how every single nut that goes from the tree to your shopping cart is carefully sanitized, so that you don't get e coli or salmonella and throw up until you die?

Now these and more fantastic questions will be answered! Lisa Weller, a food safety advisor working under Michael Morrisy at the Food Innovation Center in Portland tells all! Starting with an internship doing tissue culture and research on dengue fever after completing her undergraduate degree at OSU, Lisa explains her unlikely path from an interest in virology and anti bio-terrorism to food safety. She talks food product development, gives pointers on how to get an ideal ‘kill rate’ to rid your tasty hazelnuts of any nasty microbes, and discusses how girls in high school often might feel it's hard for women in science... but this is all the more reason to give a shout out to women in science everywhere!

Find out more about the OSU Department of Agriculture and the Food Innovation Center in Portland!

Summary provided by Matthew McConnell

3-18-12 Katie Gallagher Botany and Plant Pathology Zhian Kamvar

If you've ever gone for a run, bike ride, or nature hike around the fertile Willamette Valley (and if you haven't: Do you know you live in Oregon?), you might have seen small patches of beautiful, light purple daisies with bright yellow stamens blooming in the summer. This is Erigeron decumbens, the Willamette Daisy.

It is an endemic species to the Willamette Valley. Meaning it is aptly named, because it is found nowhere else in the world. It is also critically endangered.

Joining the show is Katie Gallagher from the Botany and Plant Pathology Department. Katie discusses why genetic diversity is so incredibly important to an ecosystem, even with something as seemingly small and simple as a daisy. She describes her surprising conversion from pre-med to restoration ecology, gives us a brief history lesson on the Endangered Species Act, and explains what 'survivors and recruits' are in the plant world. According to her results, future research should follow her example and study recruitment levels to ensure sustainable, long term growth in rare plant populations!

Learn more about the Willamette Daisy, the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, and check out conservation efforts near you related to the Willamette Daisy and other valley species!

Summary provided by Matthew McConnell

4-29-12 Michelle Fournet Marine Resource Management Casey Joyce

Imagine yourself sitting in the top of a lighthouse at night. You’re listening to the waves crash against the rocks and the wind howl against the glass. It's high tide, and the area of land around your little lighthouse has now shrunk down to the size of a McDonald's parking lot. You're most likely too far from shore to swim, and even if you could, the water would be freezing cold (because by the way, you're in Alaska).

To most this might sound like a veritable 'Tower Dungeon', but to the Michelle Fournet of the aptly named Rapunzel Project, it's a paradise. Why? Because this is where she can see Humpback Whales. Her research examines the impact of vessel noise on humpback whale communication and behavior (and it all started with a theater major). If you're wondering how that's possible, you'll just have to tune in for this episode! Michelle traces her path from a bachelors of fine arts in Boston, to diving in Central America, to Chicago and finally- of course- to Alaska, and research with OSU! You'll hear about how great it is to be a citizen scientist, measuring whale behavior with boats full of "unsuspecting undergrads", and most importantly you'll hear Michelle's Humpback impression!

Find out more about the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, or the Marine Resource Management Program Michelle conducts her research through! Read about the project here, and don't forget to check out the publicly funded Alaska Whale Foundation!

Summary provided by Matthew McConnell

4-15-12 Garrett Meigs Forest Ecosystems and Society Joey Hulbert
5-27-12 Alija Mujic Botany and Plant Pathology Casey Joyce
6-24-12 Lorena Rangel Botany and Plant Pathology Casey Joyce
9-30-12 Sean McGregor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Riley Prest
2-3-13 Zach Wallace Fisheries and Wildlife Jodie Davaz
2-10-13 Sami Al-Abdrabbuh Industrial Engineering Riley Prest
3-17-13 Brandy Saffell Forest Ecosystems and Society Casey Joyce
4-21-13 Tye Kindinger Zoology Casey Joyce
5-12-13 Adam Chouinard Zoology and Biochemistry Adam Chouinard
5-30-13 Fumiaki Funahashi Crop and Soil Science

Riley Prest

6-23-13 Stacey Frederick Forest Ecosystems and Society Riley Prest
7-7-13 Ben Frable Fisheries and Wildlife Casey Joyce
7-14-13 Shawn Freitas Wood Science and Engineering Joey Hulbert
8-18-13 Katie Moriarty Fisheries and Wildlife

Riley Prest

9-6-13 Nick Rosson Organic Chemistry

Jodie Davaz

9-15-13 Javier Filipe Tabima Restrepo
Botany and Plant Pathology Casey Joyce
9-22-13 Jeremy Hoffman Geology, Climate Change Casey Joyce
9-29-13 Hannah Tavalire Zoology Casey Joyce
10-13-13 Daniel Holder Applied Economics Matthew Djubasam
11-10-13 John Yeo Crop and Soil Science Jodie Davaz
11-24-13 Matt Ramirez Fisheries and Wildlife Casey Joyce
1-12-14 Drew Ferreira Organic Chemistry Casey Joyce
2-2-14 Ram Ravichandran Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Riley Prest

Once we have uploaded more episodes, they will be listed above and made available on our Itunes-U podcast.




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