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.


Jun 21, 2015

Government-employed epidemiologists are always on the lookout for the next pandemic. Host April Sorrow speaks to Dr. Karen Hilyard, assistant professor in the College of Public Health, about how public health officials prepare for massive disease outbreaks, and what the CDC can learn from corporate America.

Anti-Vax Twitter

Jun 14, 2015
Rebecca Ayer, UGA College of Public Health

Anti-vaccination sentiments have a surprisingly large footprint on social media. Dr. Karen Hilyard from the College of Public Health wants to use this massive amount of data in order to understand why people choose not to vaccinate, despite the risk. Comparing twitter data to survey research, she can potentially unlock an agile source of information for public health officials.

Toxic Testing

Jun 9, 2015

We are bombarded by thousands of chemicals every year. The Environmental Protection Agency tests these chemicals to determine if they have detrimental effects, but many go untested. Dr. Steve Stice wants to make it faster and easier to test these so we can understand if and how these chemicals contribute to diseases. Dr. Stice is a Georgia Research Eminent Scholar and Professor of Animal and Dairy Science in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.


Jun 8, 2015

Dr. Jenna Jambeck returns to the program to discuss how smiley faces and counters on recycling bins improve sustainable waste practices. Her kickstarter campaign, WeRecycle has designed bins that maximize public recycling. Dr. Jenna Jambeck is an Environmental Engineer and Associate Professor in University of Georgia’s College of Engineering.

Fracture Putty

May 31, 2015

The Department of Defense wanted to create healing putty that can be injected into broken bones on a battlefield. Dr. Steve Stice and the Regenerative Bioscience Center answered the call and have come pretty close. Through a painstaking process, they extract and genetically engineer an animal’s own stem cells to overproduce healing proteins, mix it in gel, and can inject it back into the animal as fracture putty that can accelerate healing. This has the potential for widespread use, from soldier’s skull fractures to elderly falls.