CEMS Scientists Featured on VPT's "Emerging Science"
- By Dawn Densmore
Vermont is home to remarkable scientists who expand human knowledge and help to solve problems everywhere from outer space to a mud puddle in Africa. Vermont Public Television features them in its "Emerging Science" project, now in its third season. In the episode airing Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 9 pm, the program follows researchers who identify and track food pathogens. From tainted spinach to recalled hamburgers, the U.S. has seen health scares involving salmonella, E. coli and other causes of food-borne illness. Jane Hill, professor at UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), explains the complex issues of pathogen migration and the work her lab is doing to prevent it. The program also looks at work by UVM scientists Catherine Donnelly and Paul Kindstedt, Vermont state epidemiologist Patsy Kelso and Ken Puzey of QuantaSpec Inc. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 9 pm, the program reports on the science of disease origins and transmission. Much of the current research on infectious diseases is going on in Africa. The program presents the work of UVM CEMS professor Arne Bomblies, who models hydrology and entomology factors related to malaria. The work of UVM professors Jon Erickson and Michel Masozera of UVM's Gund Institute is also presented. "Emerging Science" is an Emmy and National Educational Telecommunications Association award-winning project that includes broadcast programs, video podcasts and community events, as well as educational outreach to help high school teachers spark students' interest in scientific careers. UVM's Vermont EPSCoR (Experimental Pogram to Stimulate Competitive Research) is the project's funder. Amy Seidl, an ecologist, author and research scholar at Middlebury College, is program host. Podcasts and full episodes from the two previous seasons of "Emerging Science" are available on demand at www.vpt.org.