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LSS 56: St. Patrick’s day special episode with beer, clover, trees and Irish scientists

This live episode features Patricia’s interview with Akiva Silver, owner of the Twisted Tree Farm, whose new book explores how farmers can use trees to improve their land, help climate and diversify their income.

Mark talks to Dr. Kaylyn Kirkpatrick of Cornell AgriTech. Kaylyn manages the Cornell Brewing Extension (CBE) program which provides analytical lab services, educational content, and brewing resources to the craft beer community in New York State.

Kitty Gifford interviews biologist Ann Bybee-Finley about why cover crops are so important to soil ecology.

Lastly, Esther Racoosin captures the essentials of computer bug discovery in a conversation with Paul Anderson – a specialist in code security.

Contributors: Patricia Waldron | Kitty Gifford | Liz Mahood | Mark Sarvary | Cil Barnett-Neef | Esther Racoosin

Hosts: Esther Racoosin | Daniel Kolbin | Luisa Torres | Nick Segerson | Cil Barnett-Neef

LSS 55: The fashions of the future – Apparel research using a 3D body scanner; “Past Time: Geology in European and American Art”

Susan Ashdown, emerita professor in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell does research at the intersection of apparel design and technology.

The garment industry has started using advanced body scanners that create a 3D representation of the body. This technology can help people finding clothes off the rack that will fit their body shape and can even be used to make custom clothing created for a person’s precise measurements.

Adapting the two-dimensional craft of sewing and clothing design to 3D technology is more complicated than your might expect, so right now bespoke clothing is too expensive for the average consumer. But in the future it may help us to maintain a better wardrobe while simultaneously reducing clothing waste.

In the second interview, we visit the art exhibit, “Past Time:  Geology in European and American Art“, on display until May 12, 2019 at the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell Campus.   We hear from Patricia Phagan, the Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Loeb Art Center at Vassar College and the curator of the exhibit.   Also, we receive a tour of the exhibit with Nancy Green, the Drukier Curator of European and American Art at Cornell’s Johnson Museum.

Main interview guest: Susan Ashdown | Interviewer: Patricia Waldron Second interview by Esther Racoosin | News: Mark Sarvary | Calendar: Luisa Torres | Episode Producer: Liz Mahood

LSS 54: Learn about medical illustration with Allie Buck and fossils with Professor William Bemis

Candice Limper interviewed Allie Buck, a Medical Illustrator at Cornell University

Esther Racoosin interviewed Cornell Professor William E. Bemis about coelacanths

LSS 53: Learn about parasites with Drs. Margaret Bynoe and Oyebola Oyesola at Cornell University

Professor Margaret Bynoe spoke about her research with Toxoplasma gondii with Candice Limper. Oyebola Oyesola discussed her parasite research with Luisa Torres.