Classic City Science

Sunday Afternoons @ 1PM & Monday and Tuesday Nights @ 8:50PM
  • Hosted by April Sorrow

Host April Sorrow interviews some of UGA's most prolific researchers to discuss not only the latest findings but how research initiatives here at The University of Georgia are directly impacting the state, the nation and even the world. These 6 minute segments air as part of Living on Earth, Sundays at 1PM and To The Best of Our Knowledge, Monday & Tuesday Nights at 8:50PM. Special thanks to Asst. Producer Kodiak Sauer, and to the staff  at Athens Science Observer for their assistance with online content.

Eating Cancer with Monoclonal Antibodies

Nov 21, 2015
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Dr. Michael Pierce, Director of University of Georgia’s Cancer Center and a Professor of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology, returns to the program to tell us about monoclonal antibodies designed to find and phagocytose cancer cells. There are more than 200 of these cancer-killing drugs are in various stages of FDA approval. The antibodies help your own immune system seek out the cancer cells in your body and destroy them.

Fighting Cancer

Nov 21, 2015

Dr. Michael Pierce is on the frontline in the battle against cancer. He talks to host April Sorrow about how cancer is really a number of different diseases based on what tissue is affected, and how we’ve already found something close to a cure for one type. He is trying to learn about the unique shapes of cancer cells in order to find and destroy them. Dr. Pierce is the Director of University of  Georgia’s Cancer Center and a Professor of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology.

Cancer Cell's Spiky Shells

Nov 21, 2015
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The exterior of a cancer cell is a porcupine-like shell. Dr. Michael Pierce explains how we can use this spiky signature to identify the cancer cells from normal ones and track the disease’s progression over time. Dr. Michael Pierce is the Director of University of Georgia’s Cancer Center and a Professor of Biochemisty and Molecular Biology.

How to Survive a Tornado

Nov 20, 2015

Growing up in Alabama, everyone has a tornado story. In this segment, Dr. John Knox discusses how he decided to be a meteorologist at 5 years old after living through a devastating storm. He also gives a number of important tips about how to survive a tornado: have a plan based on your location, if your in a building, go to the lowest floor away from windows, if you’re driving, pull over and lay in a ditch, and wherever you are, wear a football helmet.

Tracking Tornado Debris

Nov 20, 2015

When a tornado strikes, you might not have time to grab anything except your loved ones. In this segment, host April Sorrows speaks with Dr. John Knox, associate professor of geography and current representative of Clarke County’s District 8 on the Board of Education. They discuss reuniting people with their lost photos and items after tornadoes in Alabama and how this work has implications for nuclear power safety.