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Locally Sourced Science

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Science explorations & events happening in the Finger Lakes Region.

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LSS 85: Earth Day Edition

April 28th, 2020

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In today’s episode, we observe the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by exploring soil bacteria and volcanology. …

LSS 84: Wildlife, Viruses and Pandemics

April 14th, 2020

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In today’s show and in future shows, Locally Sourced Science will be covering different scientific topics relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, …

LSS 83: Women in Science III

March 31st, 2020

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In the month of March, we are recognizing the contributions of women scientists to all fields of science.   This is our last edition of our special …

LSS 82: Women in Science 2

March 28th, 2020


While this is another episode celebrating woman scientists, first we talk about the importance of handwashing and Ignac Semmelweis the father of handwashing.

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As you know, this month we are …

LSS 81: Women in Science I

March 3rd, 2020

  • Dr. Chelsea Specht
  • Rosemary Glos
  • Rosemary Glos

In today’s show, you’ll hear an interview from Cornell undergraduate Rosemary Glos.  She spoke with …

LSS 80: Darwin and co-Evolution

February 18th, 2020


Each year, around the time of Charles Darwin’s birthday on February 12, the Paleontological Research Institution, also known as PRI, presents a …

LSS 79: The Pale Blue Dot -Anniversary & Astronomy Special

February 4th, 2020


In this episode, we celebrate two significant anniversaries! This month is the 3rd anniversary of Locally Sourced Science, and we celebrate it with a new music and voice introduction by Joe Lewis. We also celebrate the …

LSS 78: Ocean Health

January 21st, 2020


The health of our Oceans is important, even to us, at the Finger Lakes.

Guest contributor, Vivian Lee interviewed professor Drew Harvell from Cornell University about the health of our oceans. Dr. Harvell has …

LSS 77: Christmas bird count

January 7th, 2020


The first show of the year brought us a report from the Christmas bird count conducted by the Cayuga bird club, predictions of scientific discoveries for the new decade, and information about the Tompkins County SciHub.

LSS 76: Best stories of 2019

December 24th, 2019


In this episode LSS contributors pick and discuss their favorite stories, and interviews from 2019.

LSS 75: Quantum Computing and Computing in Operations Research

December 10th, 2019


In this show Liz Mahood interviews Dr. Peter McMahon, Cornell Assistant Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics.  He walks us through quantum computers and what they are used for.

Later in the show, Esther …

LSS 74: Fiber Science

November 26th, 2019


With the season’s chilly weather requiring people to wrap up warm, it seems like a good time to talk about fibers and fabric. In this episode, first, you’ll hear Liz Mahood present a history of the creation and …

LSS 73: Science at the Museum

November 12th, 2019


First, you’ll hear Patricia Waldron’s interview of Denise Nicole Green, Assistant Professor in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design …

LSS 72: Three Billion Birds, Wizarding Science and the Value of Sleep

October 27th, 2019

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In today’s show, we speak with Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg, Applied Conservation Scientist at the Cornell …

LSS 71: To the moon and beyond

October 21st, 2019

  • Beth Ellen Clark Joseph
  • Zoe Learner Ponterio
  • Lisa Kaltenegger

This week we go to the moon and beyond, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the …

LSS 70: Climate Change research and a new book

October 8th, 2019


Mark Sarvary interviewed Buz Barstow about his research on genetically  enhancing photosynthesis to mitigate  climate change.

Mark also shares a short interview with Anne Armstrong, from Cornell’s Dept. of Natural …

LSS 69: Carbon makes dirt rich

September 23rd, 2019


In our first segment, you’ll hear Locally-Sourced Science contributor Mark Sarvary.  He went to view the documentary “Dirt Rich”.  In his feature, Mark plays a little of the film and speaks with the organizers and …

LSS 68: What I did last summer!

September 3rd, 2019


In this episode of Locally-Sourced Science, we feature a guest podcast from four college undergraduates who took part in a summer Research …

LSS 67: Back to school time!

August 20th, 2019


In this episode of Locally Sourced Science we talk with Dr. Avery August and Dr. Melanie Ragin about the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Cornell University Research Transfer program (CURT), which helps transfer …

LSS 66: Elephants, Gorillas, and Gardens

August 6th, 2019


In this episode of Locally Sourced Science, contributor Candice Limper speaks with Dr. Daniela Hedwig.  She is the Edward W. Rose Postdoctoral …

LSS 65: LSS visits Shoals Marine Laboratory Pt.2

July 26th, 2019


In this second episode of the Shoals Marine Laboratory series, Mark Sarvary visited White and Seavey islands to talk to the Tern conservation team …

LSS 64: LSS visits Shoals Marine Laboratory Pt. 1

July 10th, 2019


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 …

LSS 63: Pollinators

June 26th, 2019


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

LSS 62: Science in the Streets

June 15th, 2019


One doesn’t have to go far to find the strong scientific roots and influences that run through Ithaca, with many different groups bringing science-outreach to as many people as possible in various unique ways.

In …

LSS 61: Dogs and their diseases (part 2)

May 30th, 2019


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 …

LSS 60: Dogs and their diseases (part 1)

May 20th, 2019


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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 …

LSS 59: Fun with the Fungi

April 30th, 2019


The fungi edition features Luisa Torres interview with Dr. Teresa Iturriaga and Robert Dirig of Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium. They discussed …

LSS 58: Earth Day Edition: Soil science, Energy Day at Cornell and a short history of Climate science.

April 15th, 2019


The Earth Day edition features Candice Limper’s interview with Soil scientist Joseph Amsili.  They discuss the living things that benefit soil’s health and how paying greater attention to the quality of soils can …

LSS 57: Women in STEM, Science and Health Communication, Nobel Prizes

April 1st, 2019


The last show of March brings in discussions about the numerous gender-based obstacles that impede research and career advancement for women in STEM …

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

March 17th, 2019


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.

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

March 3rd, 2019


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

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

February 17th, 2019


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

February 6th, 2019


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

LSS 51: Coastal Resilience Specialist Helen Cheng and Foldscopes

January 17th, 2019


In this episode we explore how natural systems can coincide with people. Joining in the discussion is New York Sea Grant’s Coastal Resilience Specialist Helen Cheng, whose position is supported through a …

LSS 32: Springcasting is here!

April 15th, 2018


In the first part of LSS 32 Patricia chats with apple grower Chip Bailey and professor Toby Ault on the coming of Spring. Following is an …

LSS 16: LSS tours Cornell’s “Lake Source Cooling” plant with Lanny Joyce; Gina goes to “Moth night”

September 4th, 2017


Interview with Lanny Joyce, director of utilities and energy management at Cornell, discussing “Lake Source Cooling” project as an addition to …

LSS 05: Fruit Fly Model for the study of Epilepsy with Dr. David Deitcher

April 2nd, 2017


An interview with Dr. David Deitcher, an Associate Professor at Cornell Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. His lab is studying the mutation …

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