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Innovations: Exploring the science of life

Robert Krulwich

On today's show...

Jake Kerby, Ph.D., shared his enthusiasm for South Dakota's little green residents with Lori Walsh in February. Kerby is a biology professor and chair of the biology department at the University of South Dakota.

Their discussion jumped into how frogs handle changes in the weather and climate. Also, learn a lesson of resilience from the humble eastern cricket frog.

An assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at South Dakota State University is studying the basics of how cancer cells communicate. Rachel Willand-Charnley, Ph.D., researches how cells talk to and trick the immune system.

Their conversation was enlightening and informational, but, more importantly, it was human.

We'll also investigate the stinky science of algae blooms. Not only are the blooms scummy and smelly, but they could be dangerous.

Matthew Pawlus, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of biology at Black Hills State University and Bryan Burton is a student at the university. They joined In the Moment last April for a deep dive into their research on the health effects of algae blooms.

Plus, Carrie Olson-Manning, Ph.D., from Augustana University discussed an evolutionary battle happening in your garden.

Her research covers how milkweed protects itself from getting munched and how monarch caterpillars equip themselves to do some munching.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Jackie is based out of SDPB's Sioux Falls Studio.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.
Ari Jungemann is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.