Environmental nanotechnology on the radio


If you listen to the radio, you have probably listened to a Pulse of the Planet episode at least once. Episodes are only two minutes in length and they are often dispersed throughout the day’s program, in between regular radio shows.

Pulse of the Planet is a radio show about Planet Earth, including nature, culture, and science, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound. It is broadcast over 252 public and commercial stations around the world and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, reaching over one million listeners weekly.

This show is also available as a podcast. Check it out on iTunes, where a free new episode is available each weekday.

Produced by Jim Metzer, this great science outreach program featured VTSuN members on numerous occasions and you can listen to the individual episodes by clicking on the links below.

Ebola virus transmission
A series on the transmission of Ebola virus via the air route aired in December 2014 featuring VTSuN professor Linsey Marr:

1. Ebola – Unlikely Airborne
2. Ebola – Unexpected Vector

A series on nanotechnology was originally broadcasted in November 2014 featuring VTSuN associate director Marina Vance:

1. Ancient Nanotechnology
2. Small Is Not Enough
3. Nano Medicine
4. Nano Inventory

An episode with the VTSuN co-director Mike Hochella, Nanoparticles – Ocean Fertilization aired in March 2013.

Nanoparticles in the environment
A series entitled “How Toxins Move” was broadcasted June – August 2007, featuring Mike Hochella and Kelly Plathe (’10 PhD from the Hochella group):

1. Clark Fork River
2. Hours in the Library
3. Headwaters
4. Restoration
5. Comparison
6. Shelved
7. Samples
8. Found It!

For more outreach initiatives, check out our website.





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About the Author:  Marina Vance is the Associate Director for VTSuN: Virginia Tech’s Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology and a research scientist of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech.

2 thoughts on “Environmental nanotechnology on the radio

  1. Nina; thank you for this posting. When I saw Time Magazine’s 2014 “Person of the Year”, I couldn’t help but think of Linsey Marr and other researchers whose work, largely unnoticed by the public, is such an important part of meeting the challenge of the Ebola virus and other diseases.
    Jim Metzner

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