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.
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.
My new neighbor might be a ghost (shrimp)
This episode features Matt Vaughan, a third year PhD student in Integrative Biology working with Prof. Sarah Henkel in the Benthic Ecology Lab. Matt originally hails from Melbourne, Australia and recently joined the ID team as a host. Join us to learn about the fascinating ghost shrimp, their impact on marine systems, and how “disturbance and change" drives Matthew's research! Hosted by Jenna Fryer and Joseph Valencia.
The Memoir of El
Join us this week as we talk with Ellison Rose, a first year MFA student of creative non-fiction about what a memoir is and how they are writing theirs. Our conversation touches on what rurality means, what it feels like coming back to graduate school after an 8-year gap since college, as well as features a stunning writing sample read by El. If you're interested in learning more about the conversation surrounding rural cultural wealth, you can read the article El references here: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JME-06-2022-0076/full/html?skipTracking=true. Additionally, El stumbled upon this article through a blog that they read which they also recommend reading if interested: https://www.ednc.org/perspective-recognizing-my-rural-community-wealth-and-place-in-academia/. Hosted by Hannah Stuwe and Lisa Hildebrand.
Taking Inspiration from Life: Short stories on why we believe what we believe
This week's guest is Selene Ross, an MFA student specializing in literary fiction through short stories. We go in depth on how Selene seeks creative inspiration from people and places and the makings of a captivating story. Our conversation touches on her interests in women, belief, and the environmental symbolism of her home state of California. Hosted by Jenna Fryer and Joseph Valencia.
Forever Chemicals: How can we better detect PFAS?
Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, are widely used, long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time. This is why you may have heard these substances called “forever chemicals.” However, the toxicity of these substances are not fully understood. Join us on this episode with E Hernandez to discuss these ubiquitous substances and his work to better be able to detect these harmful chemicals. Hosted by Hannah Stuwe and Jenna Fryer.
The Lost Loggers: The Erasure and Exclusion of the Black Logging Community of Maxville, Oregon
In the small town of Maxville in eastern Oregon there's a story that often goes overlooked. Like many Oregon towns, Maxville was a timber town, but unique to Maxville is the community of Black loggers that lived and worked there after the Great Migration of the 1920s. Lonni Ivey is a logger’s daughter. While in her MA program in History, she learned about the community of Black loggers in Maxville and immediately knew she had to learn more. Lonni devoted her research to discovering more about Maxville and giving this story the attention it deserves, leading to her capstone project “More Than a Footnote: Erasure, Exclusion, and the Remarkable Presence of the Black Logging Community of Maxville, Oregon, 1923-33.” Lonni was inspired by Gwendolyn Trice, the founder and executive director of the Maxville Heritage Ideology Center and herself the descendant of one of the Maxville Loggers.
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!