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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.

Please find us on social media!

Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

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.

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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.

Please find us on social media!

Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

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.

    Amine Gaizi Robots! A Story of Engineering and Biology

    Amine Gaizi Robots! A Story of Engineering and Biology

    Amine Gaizi is a masters student working on a degree in Electronics and Embedded systems. As an exchange student from France, Amine is studying in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering within the College of Engineering here at OSU. In this episode, we talk about about Amine’s journey to OSU, including his work with robots in Germany, how the French school system is organized, and about the excitement of being an international student experience.

    Please find us on social media!

    Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

    facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

    Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

    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.

    • 28 min
    Nathan Justus Robots! A Story of Engineering and Biology

    Nathan Justus Robots! A Story of Engineering and Biology

    Nathan Justus studies the robotics of biological motion. He is part of a team that is using robotics as a creative tool to tackle an issue relevant to the grape industry - that more than 700 black widow spiders end up in consumer's grapes every year. For his Master’s project Nathan worked on developing a new method of measuring the frequency of the web vibrations when two black widows speak to eachother. This information will then be used to develop a method of getting spiders to evacuate their webs without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides. In this episode, we also discuss Nathan's future research on autonomous underwater robots and his past work experience for NASA's Johnson Space Center. This episode is hosted by Kayla Delventhal and Lillian Padgitt-Cobb.

    Please find us on social media!

    Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

    facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

    Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

    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.

    • 32 min
    Meredith Jacobson Cultures of collaboration in forest management

    Meredith Jacobson Cultures of collaboration in forest management

    Meredith Jacobson is a Master’s student in the Forest, Ecosystems and Society Department of OSU’s College of Forestry who studies collaborative partnerships in forest management. She describes her thesis work here at Oregon State as a qualitative case study on the concept of “Anchor Forests”, an idea developed by the Intertribal Timber Council that would involve creating large regions of forest management and stewardship, collaborating across ownership boundaries. Her data collection has included interviewing those involved in developing the Anchor Forest concept, analyzing published documents and reports, and looking at online media coverage of Tribal forest policies and laws that could enable the cross-boundary work needed to make Anchor Forests happen. Through her analysis, she wants to understand what is unique about this concept and what barriers need to be overcome to realize its potential. Meredith says that one of the most interesting things she’s learned so far is that among the ten people she’s talked to, there has not been one unified perspective on what makes the Anchor Forest idea unique and what hope it holds for the future. Perhaps this is why the concept itself is so difficult to define. However, one common theme emerging from land managers across the West: that shifting leadership and power to Tribes could be a critical part of the solution to increasingly urgent challenges like wildfire affecting forests on a landscape scale. Listen to learn more about her research and how she is navigating her own identity as a non-Native researcher partnering with Tribal communities. Hosted by Daniel Watkins and Chelsea Behymer.

    Please find us on social media!

    Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

    facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

    Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

    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.

    • 33 min
    Alan Harrington Putting years and years of established theory to the test

    Alan Harrington Putting years and years of established theory to the test

    A lot of the concepts that scientists use to justify why things are the way they are, are devised solely based on theory. Some theoretical concepts have been established for so long that they are simply accepted without being scrutinized very often. The umbrella species concept is one such example as it is a theoretical approach to doing conservation and although in theory it is thought to be an effective strategy for conserving ecosystems, it is actually very rarely empirically tested. Enter Alan Harrington, who is going to test its validity empirically.

    Please find us on social media!

    Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

    facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

    Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

    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.

    • 47 min
    Bryan Lynn Finding the Tipping Point

    Bryan Lynn Finding the Tipping Point

    What do we know about cooperation? Can we quantify the tipping point? This week’s guest, Bryan Lynn, a second-year PhD student co-advised by Dr. Patrick De Leenheer in the Department of Integrative Biology and Martin Schuster in Microbiology studies the evolution of cooperation. To do this, Bryan scales his work way down to microorganism level. Evolutionary theory has been largely based on the Darwinian premise of the survival of the fittest, but Bryan’s research is challenging this – not cooperating makes you more fit as an individual, but is that best for the group as a whole? Using the bacteria Psuedomonas aeruginosa as a model organism, Bryan is able to manipulate the behavior of the bacteria and study what happens in a chemostat system – a device which allows the bacteria to grow continuously with a constant input of a food source and output of the mixed solution - making it an excellent metaphor for life. For example, Bryan mutates some of the bacteria to be so-called “cheaters,” as they do not make an enzyme and thus do not expend energy but reap all the benefits as the non-cheater bacteria. Using mathematical models, Bryan is able to simulate different conditions and put a number to the tipping point where the community is no longer able to persist in a steady state. Listen to learn more about Bryan’s math biology research, non-traditional journey to graduate school, and LGBT+ activism. Hosted by Lauri Lutes and Chelsea Behymer.

    Please find us on social media!

    Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

    facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

    Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

    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.

    • 25 min
    Allison Swartz You don’t look your age: pruning young forests to mimic old-growth forest

    Allison Swartz You don’t look your age: pruning young forests to mimic old-growth forest

    Allison Swartz, a PhD student in the Forest Ecosystems and Society program in the College of Forestry at Oregon State, is in the midst of a multi-year study on forest stream ecosystems. “My work focuses on canopy structure—how the forest age and structure influences life in streams,” says Allison. “People are always shocked at how many organisms live in such a small section of stream. So much life in there, but you don’t realize it when you’re walking nearby on the trail.” Part of Allison’s project involves cutting gaps in the forest canopy over streams to mimic the kind of openings that appear in old growth forest. Listen to hear about the characteristics of old growth and regenerating forests, and to hear some pro tips about how to recognize forest age and find salamanders in streams! Hosted by Daniel Watkins and Lisa Hildebrand.

    Please find us on social media!

    Twitter: twitter.com/kbvrID

    facebook: www.facebook.com/InspirationDissemination/

    Blog: blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/

    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.

    • 28 min

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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!

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