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.
Our Energy System in Transition: Pushing The Grid Towards Zero Emissions
Our climate in the next thirty years will not look the same as today, and that’s exactly why our energy systems will soon look completely different. Energy systems are the big umbrella of how and where we create electricity, how we transport that electricity, and how we use electricity. We’re discussing the past and the future of our energy environment with Emily Richardson, a Masters of Engineering student in the Energy Systems Program. In the interview we learn about how our current energy infrastructure works, why it's pretty darn old, and what needs to change (quickly) for our upcoming future where renewables contribute significantly more to the grid and more distributed power generation systems (like home solar panels) really complicate the picture. But there are solutions, many of them! But we need to build and retrofit carefully to accomodate these upcoming shifts in our energy future.
The non-Ghostbusing Venkman: a virus that "eats" marine bacteria
Have you ever considered that a virus that eats bacteria could potentially have an effect on global carbon cycling? No? Me neither. Yet, our guest this week, Dr. Holger Buchholz, a postdoctoral researcher at OSU, taught me just that! Holger, who works with Drs. Kimberly Halsey and Stephen Giovannoni in OSU’s Department of Microbiology, is trying to understand how a bacteriophage (a bacteria-eating virus), called Venkman, impacts the metabolism of marine bacterial strains in a clade called OM43.
Hosted by Lisa Hildebrand and Miriam F. Lipton
Check out the ID Blog here: https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/2022/05/20/the-non-ghostbusting-venkman-a-virus-that-eats-marine-bacteria/
Spaghetti and Networks: Oodles of Nodes
Clinical and experimental trials for new medication can generate complex data, and it's important to identify which pieces of data are actually relevant. But this becomes difficult when the datasets include millions of genes, metabolites, or other biological factors. PhD candidate Nolan Newman is a computational biologist and uses networks to parse through these datasets and identify which interactions and relationships are important. Put simply - Nolan makes meaning out of chaos. In this episode we dive deep into what systems biology is, why networks are like spaghetti, and how a hearing loss incident prompted Nolan to pursue a career in science.
Hosted by: Bryan & Grace
Check out the ID blog here: https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/2022/05/15/spaghetti-networks-oodles-of-nodes/
AI that benefits humans and humanity
"AI that benefits humans and humanities" is the theme of this week's episode...and the 'lofty life goal' of our guest. Anna Nickelson is a PhD candidate in the Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute here at OSU. Her work focuses on how robots and AI can be used to assist humans, particularly the elderly and those with minor cognitive impairments.
Hosts: Grace & Lisa
Check out the ID Blog here: https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/2022/05/07/ai-that-benefits-humans-and-humanity%EF%BF%BC/
Horror in Fiction
In 2021 Jordan Peele remade the 1992 cult horror classic, Candyman. The 2021 remake received critical success and despite being delayed several times due to the covid-19 pandemic, was a box office success as well. In both the 1992 and 2021 versions, the eponymous main character is a black man. But in the remake, the character deviates from the usual narrative trope of being a menacing black man to a man with complex emotions and feelings. For most viewers, these changes make for a good story, but likely are not things that they dwell on, and certainly are forgettable by the time they have left the theater. But for our guest this week, literature MA student Marisa Williams in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, these differences are what gives them inspiration and are what inform their research.
Hosted by Miriam F. Lipton and Adrian Gallo.
Check out the ID Blog here: https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/2022/04/29/horror-in-fiction/
The rigamarole of RNA, ribosomes, and machine learning
Basic biology and computer science is probably not an intuitive pairing to think of, when we think of pairs of scientific disciplines. Not as intuitive as say biology and chemistry (often referred to as biochem). However, for Joseph Valencia, a third year PhD student at OSU, the bridge between these two disciplines is a view of life at the molecular scale as a computational process in which cells store, transmit, and interpret the information necessary for survival. Join us on this week's episode as we explore how machine learning can be used to try and reveal how ribosomes make critical decisions in our bodies.
Hosted by Lisa Hildebrand and Adrian Gallo.
Check out the ID blog here: https://blogs.oregonstate.edu/inspiration/2022/04/14/the-rigamarole-of-rna-ribosomes-and-machine-learning/
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!