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LSS 64: LSS visits Shoals Marine Laboratory

Your hosts, Laura Mortelliti, Jasmine Mack, and Mark Sarvary discuss science and art, and visit the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in Maine to talk to Executive Director Dr. Jennifer Seavey about research, education, art, science and much more.

Hannah Weinstein interviewed the artist in residence, Barrett McDevitt (www.barrettmcdevitt.com) who painted on the island for two weeks and visited science classes to connect science and art.

This is the first episode of the Shoals Marine Laboratory series.#ShoalsStories #SciArt

Contributors: Laura Mortelliti, Jasmine Mack, Mark Sarvary

Producer: Mark Sarvary

Music: Show Theme by Joe Lewis, Cêcê Giannotti.

LSS 63: Pollinators

Locally-Sourced Science contributor Esther Racoosin speaks to Dr. Robert Raguso, Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University.  

Dr. Raguso studies floral scent, which is an important component of plant-pollinator interactions.  During this interview, he discusses the behavior of hawkmoths, which gather nectar from night-flowering plants.  Investigators in Dr. Raguso’s lab have found that hawkmoths are attracted to not only different types of scents, but also other molecules secreted by flowers.

Did you know that honeybees are considered to be livestock? Honeybees are the most commonly raised insect and the only insect in the U.S. that provides food for humans at a large scale. In many parts of the world, beekeepers already work with veterinarians to keep their hives healthy, and now the U.S. is catching up. Keeping managed bee hives healthy also can stop the spread of diseases to wild pollinators. 

In honor of pollinators week, Patricia Waldron talked with Dr. Robin Radcliffe, a Senior Lecturer in Wildlife and Conservation Medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He teaches a honeybee health course to veterinary students.

Hey, we’re all volunteer ya know? Come join us! Email: locallysourcedscience@gmail.com

And listen to the show, it’s good, all locally sourced. Trust us.

Photo:  Manduca hawkmoth visiting Datura flower, courtesy of Dr. Robert Raguso.  

LSS 61: Dogs and their diseases (part 2)

We follow up with our four-legged fluffy friends in this week’s episode. To start the show Liz Mahood interviews Dr Rory Todhunter of the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr Todhunter is a leading researcher of canine hip dysplasia and osteoarthritis. Liz interviewed him about how these diseases are inherited, how they can be mitigated, which breeds are most susceptible, and more.

Carrying on with canine genetics, Esther Racoosin speaks with Dr Adam Boyko about analysing the genetic data collected from thousands of dogs to better understand the role between genes and canine traits and diseases. Then, Candice Limper brings us the Science History of dog domestication, and how they have evolved from their ancient ancestors into the animals we know today.

To round things off Luisa Torres brings us the Science Calendar to bring you up to speed with the local goings-on with scientific events.

Contributors: Liz Mahood | Esther Racoosin | Candice Limper | Luisa Torres | Nova & Leo

Producers: Patricia Waldron | Cecil Barnett-Neefs

Music: Show Theme by Joe Lewis, Cêcê Giannotti. Music by Bluedot Sessions

LSS 60: Dogs and their diseases (part 1)

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In the first part of series about our canine friends LSS explores dog diseases. Starting with an inteview of Dr. Scott Coonrod of the Baker Institute for Animal Health by Liz Mahood. Dr. Coonrod focuses his research attention on cancer in dogs, in particular, hemangiosarcoma, a common and often untreatable form of canine cancer.

Is the second part of the show Candice Limper talks to Robert Alexis Lopez-Astacio, a first generation graduate student from Puerto Rico studying parvovirus in Dr. Colin Parrish’s lab. Robert shares his story of getting into research, what drives him to do science and how he found his way to Ithaca.

Contributors: Luisa Torres  | Esther Racoosin | Liz Mahood | Candice Limper

Producer: Esther Racoosin

Music: Show Theme by Joe Lewis and Cêcê Giannotti.