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.
A surprise trip to the coldest continent on Earth!
Rachel Kaplan is a 4th year PhD student who studies both ends of marine food chains: the prey (krill) and the predator (baleen whales). Rachel conducts research in Oregon and along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. As a last-minute, life-saver of the show, this episode is a little different from our usual shows as we take a trip with Rachel to Antarctica and learn about what it means to be a researcher in one of the most remote places on our planet. Hosted by Lisa Hildebrand.
The Fiction in Poverty
Elliot Icarus Laurence is a first year Master of Fine Arts student who draws on his own experience of growing up in poverty and continued financial precarity as a source of inspiration for writing fiction. Elliot says he is most inspired by people who “make it work,” such as single parents managing to make rent from paycheck to paycheck and overworked social services providers. Hosted by Joseph Valencia and Selene Ross.
Jose Aguilar is not here to help robots take over the world. In fact, the first year PhD student studying artificial intelligence says he’s actually working on the opposite–to ensure that AI systems are safe, and raise alarm when they’re not. Hosted by Jenna Fryer and Selene Ross
Sim Like a Fish
Today's guest is Lauren Diaz, a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences. Lauren focuses on the population dynamics of freshwater organisms. We speak with Lauren about how she came to love stream ecosystems and her research on modeling the behavior of rainbow trout populations in California's Central Valley. Hosted by Joseph Valencia and Lisa Hildebrand.
Exploding Cheeses and Microbes at Work
For those of us who consume dairy products, we often don’t give much thought to the trials and tribulations that had to be faced to get that product on the grocery shelves. It’s probably a fair assumption to say that most of us have never considered that cheese could explode, but that is the center of Madeleine Enriquez’s graduate research. Join us this week as we learn about this phenomenon and Maddie is doing to solve it! Hosted by Jenna Fryer and Hannah Stuwe.
Writing for Discovery
Join our conversation with Natalie Van Gelder, a first year graduate student writing creative nonfiction in OSU's MFA program. Natalie's work contributes to the emerging fields of medical humanities and narrative medicine, and she's passionate about bringing writing as a tool for discovery to those who many not be familiar with the practice. Hosted by Matt Vaughan and Selene Ross.
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!