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.

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.

What Changes an Anti-Vaxxer's Mind?

May 24, 2015
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

A screaming baby receiving their shots is never a pleasant sight, but failing to vaccinate is dangerous. In this segment, host April Sorrow speaks to Dr. Karen Hilyard, Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior in the College of Public Health. She explains how frightening messages about the flu can’t scare people into getting their shots, but watching the president do it, regardless of political affiliation, does the trick.

Modeling Brain Disease

May 17, 2015

Dr. Steve Stice wants to use pig skin to learn how to cure brain diseases such as Parkinson’s. Using skin cells to grow stem cells, he models Parkinson’s disease in a petri dish. He’ll then introduce a library of compounds into the petri dish looking for candidate cures for the disease. Dr. Stice is the Director of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center and the DW Brooks Distinguished Professor in the College Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Marine Debris Tracker

Apr 21, 2015

Ocean cleanup? There’s an app for that! Dr. Jenna Jambeck’s Marine Debris Tracker made it on an Apple executive’s list of apps you can’t live without. Host April Sorrow speaks to Dr. Jambeck, Environmental Engineer and Associate Professor in University of Georgia’s College of Engineering, about why it’s important to track marine debris and the heartwarming time her son said “Mommy, your app is making the world better.”

Ocean Waste

Apr 12, 2015

It would take about 2 million adult, male, African elephants to tip a scale over the 8 million ton mark. That’s about how much plastic Dr. Jenna Jambeck estimates entered the ocean in 2010 alone. Host April Sorrow talks to Dr. Jambeck about the impact this solid waste has on the environment and what we can do to minimize it. Dr. Jenna Jambeck is an Environmental Engineer and Associate Professor in University of Georgia’s College of Engineering.