Inspiration Dissemination is an award-winning radio program that occurs Sunday nights at 7PM Pacific on KBVR Corvallis, 88.7FM. Each week on the program, we host a different graduate student worker from Oregon State University to talk about their lives and passion for research here at the university. By presenting these stories, we can present the diverse, human element of graduate research that is often hidden from the public view.
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Radio Station: www.orangemedianetwork.com/kbvr_fm
Host University: oregonstate.edu
This show was founded in 2012 by Joey Hulbert and Zhian Kamvar. It has been made possible by all the current and former hosts of the show, Orange Media Network, the KBVR-FM students and staff, and of course the amazing graduate students at Oregon State University.
Fighting for your French Fries
This week our guest is Alexander Butcher, a second year MS and soon-to-be PhD student in the Department of Crop and Soil Science. We speak with Alexander about protecting potato crops in Oregon and elsewhere from a hungry pest -- the Colorado potato beetle. Alexander works with a class of chemicals called elicitors which act to stimulate plants' natural defenses as an alternative to conventional pesticides. We trace his journey from the world of classical French cooking to grad school, his passion for insects and sustainable food, and more!
Digging Deep: What on earth is there to learn from dirt?
There’s a big difference between human time and Earth–or soil–time. It’s what makes climate impacts so difficult to imagine, and climate solutions so challenging to fully realize. Take it from someone who knows: our guest this week has spent the last decade studying the very idea of “permanence.” Join us this week as we delve a bit into the world beneath our feel and chat with recent graduate, and long-time Inspiration Dissemination host, Adrian Gallo! Hosted by: Jenna Fryer
ChatGPT and Me
We have a little bit of a different format this week. Joseph Valencia and Lisa Hildebrand host an informal discussion on a timely topic -- artificial intelligence! We cover our personal experiences using ChatGPT for research and for fun, how chatbots work, and the uncertainties surrounding future deployment of AI.
Cheese and disease: how bacteria survive long term
This week we have Andrea Domen, a MS student in Food Science and Technology co-advised by Dr. Joy Waite-Cusic and Dr. Jovana Kovacevic, joining us to discuss her research investigating some mischievous pathogenic microbes. Much like an unwelcome dinner guest, food-bourne pathogens can stick around for far longer than you think. Andrea seeks to uncover the mechanisms that allow for Listeria monocytogenes, a ubiquitous pathogen found in dirt that loves cheese (who doesn’t?), to persist in dairy processing facilities. Hosted by Jenna Fryer and Bryan Lynn
The noxious nucleocapsid
“Structure informs function” says Hannah Stuwe, a second year PhD student in Biochemistry and Biophysics (BB), summing up the big picture of her discipline. Hannah works in the lab of Prof. Elisar Barbar, using biophysical techniques to study essential proteins encoded by the SARS-Cov2 virus. Tune in to learn more about this fascinating, and very relevant work! Hosted by Joseph Valencia and Jenna Fryer
The opposite of a pest: Bees, wasps and other beneficial bugs
Scott Mitchell is a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences advised by Dr. Sandy DeBano. His overarching research goal is to understand how different land management practices may impact beneficial invertebrate communities in a variety of managed landscapes. Yes, you read that right: beneficial invertebrates. Because while many invertebrates have a bad rep, they’re actually unsung heroes of the world. They pollinate plants, aerate soil, eat actual pest invertebrates and are prey for many other species. To learn more about native bees and other nonpollinating species, check out the episode! Hosted by Lisa Hildebrand and Grace Deitzler.
Stories about science & diverse pathways
The show always presents a wide breadth of science topics in an easy to digest way appropriate for all ages. Some topics include coral bleaching, computer algorithms in machine learning, melting icebergs, public perception of policies, etc.. They describe the inspiration behind students’ motivation for a higher education; often it’s a childhood teacher or an empowering mentor that helps spark the desire to work towards higher education. At the end of the show the hosts ask for advice which is always helpful to hear from a variety of perspectives. They close on a song which never fails to disappoint!