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Locally Sourced Science

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Science explorations & events happening in the Finger Lakes Region.

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February 22nd, 2024


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LSS 113: Plant Sociability and Chronic Wasting Disease

August 3rd, 2021

Horticulturist Brandon George leads a tour of the Cornell Botanic Gardens Bioswale (photo courtesy of B. George)

In today’s episode, you’ll hear …

LSS 112: Building DIY Neuroscience Tools

May 25th, 2021

Drosophila neurons expressing a calcium indicator linked to Green Fluorescent Protein (left). Do-it-yourself epi-fluorescent microscope imaging …

LSS 110: Studying Migration of Metastatic Cancer Cells and Embryonic Neural Crest Cells

April 13th, 2021


In today’s episode, we begin by listening again to an interview from March 2020 to re-explore how metastatic cancer cells migrate. In our second interview, we hear about a recent study showing similarities between the …

LSS 109: Women in Paleontology; City Nature Challenge

March 30th, 2021

Dr. M. Alejandra Gandolfo, a paleontologist depicted in the “Daring to Dig” exhibit. Photo taken at a field research site in Argentina.
(Photo …

LSS 108: Women’s History month: recognizing women scientists in the Finger Lakes region

March 16th, 2021


Similar to previous years, in March we recognize women scientists who have connections to the Finger Lakes.

Isa Betancourt is an entomologist …

LSS 107: Under the Microscope

March 2nd, 2021


In today’s show, we hear interviews of two different professionals who use microscopes in their work.

Mark Sarvary starts the show off by presenting a review of an exhibition called “The History of Glass and the …

LSS 106: The story of the new Cornell CALS Dean and what is new in Alzheimer’s research

February 16th, 2021


In this episode, Mark Sarvary interviewed the new dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Dr. Benjamin Houlton began his term on …

LSS 104: Frog diseases, one health, pandemics, invasive species

February 2nd, 2021


Esther Racoosin speaks with Dr. Kelly Zamudio, Professor in the Cornell Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

A frog species that has …

LSS 103: How water can affect our lives

January 5th, 2021


Happy 2021! In this episode we discuss the most essential element on this planet: water.

But first, Kitty Gifford will start with her new segment: “Locally birding! From the birdfeeder to the skies. Look out and …

LSS 102: Best of 2020

December 22nd, 2020

“Frosty sunset” by dirk kirchner [] is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Welcome to the final LSS episode of 2020!

Many of …

LSS 101: Developing a New SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine; Expression of Host Cell Genes That Modulate SARS-CoV-2 Entry

December 8th, 2020


In today’s episode, we continue our series of interviews with scientists who have decided to use their expertise in their respective fields to help …

LSS 100: How Humans Perceive the Risk of Contracting COVID-19; Feline Coronaviruses

November 24th, 2020

MTA Deploys PPE Vending Machines Across Subway System
(photo courtesy of Creative Commons; MTA Photos; CC by 2.0)

In today’s episode, we explore how people perceive the risk of contracting COVID-19. We also discuss …

LSS 99: Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Mining Rare Earth Metals; Learning about and Finding Solutions to Climate Change

November 10th, 2020

  • Post-Doc Alexa Schmitz (left) and MEng. student Don Flood (right) of the Barstow lab (photo courtesy of Dr. Barstow)

In today’s episode, we …

LSS98: Effect of Urbanization on Evolution of Squirrel Coat Color; Science Communication Workshops

October 27th, 2020

Gray (left) and Melanic (right) Morphs of the Eastern Gray Squirrel
(photos courtesy of Creative Commons “eastern gray squirrel eating acorns” by

LSS 97: Plant Responses to Water Deficits; Harmful Algal Blooms

October 13th, 2020


Sampling root exudates in the field (left); x-ray CT scan of poplar tree roots (right).
Both photos courtesy of Dr. Taryn Bauerle.

In this …

LSS 96: Juno Reveals Lightning Flashes in Jupiter’s Atmosphere; Third Grade Students Build Engineering Projects

September 29th, 2020

Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt.jpg

In today’s episode, we feature an interview about research on Jupiter’s atmosphere. 

Candice Limper speaks with Yury Aglyamov, a graduate …

LSS 94: Research Inspired by the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 1st, 2020


In today’s episode, we interview scientists about new areas of research and exploration that were initiated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Jennifer Surtees (photo courtesy of Dr. Surtees)

First off, …

LSS 93: Research Amid COVID-19

August 18th, 2020

Dr. Kaylin Ratner (photo courtesy of Dr. Ratner)

In today’s show, we speak with a scientist whose research was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. We also talk with a researcher who is using social media as outreach …

LSS 92: Citizen Science Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 4th, 2020

Water20.tif by NRCS Montana is licensed under CC PDM 1.0

In today’s show, you’ll hear about two citizen science projects that are happening in our area.

First off, Liz Mahood speaks with Nathaniel Launer, …

LSS 91: Mentoring Future Scientists

July 21st, 2020

2019 MBG REU Program Students (photo courtesy of Prof. Kelly Liu)

In today’s show, you will hear about different programs in which mentors help students learn more about science.

First, you’ll hear an interview …

LSS 90: Highlighting Immunology Research By Cornell POC

July 8th, 2020

Avery August, PhD (photo courtesy of Dr. August)

In today’s show, we highlight the work of three researchers at Cornell University who are people …

LSS89: #ShutDownStem and How Birds, Plants and Insects Protect Themselves From Raindrops

June 23rd, 2020


Graduate Student Jeff Pea (photo courtesy of Jeff Pea)

This month has been marked by protests and rallies across the country.  Americans are …

LSS88: Developing a SARS-CoV-2 Testing Machine; How People React to the Threat of Disease

June 9th, 2020

Rheonix Encompass COVID-19 Detection Work Station (photo courtesy of Rheonix)

On today’s show, we will be covering different scientific topics relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First, Dr. Scarlett Lee …

LSS 85: Earth Day Edition

April 28th, 2020

P. madseniana (courtesy R. Wilhelm)

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

Fruit Bat (source: Alternative Path, Creative

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

SARS-CoV-2 Viral Particles
(Source: NIAID, Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Breast Tumor Cells

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

Western Meadowlark (

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 …

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