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Posts tagged as “drosophila”

LSS 112: Building DIY Neuroscience Tools

In today’s show, we feature an report about three neuroscientists who have developed inexpensive “Do-it-yourself” neuroscience research tools. Cornell researchers Drs. Bruce Johnson and David Deitcher, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges professor James Ryan hope that their epifluorescence microscope and micromanipulator can be used in undergraduate laboratory courses. Cornell undergraduate student Joanna Papadakis also speaks about her experience building and using the microscope in her neuroscience lab course.

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Eastern Screech Owl (photo courtesy of Esther Racoosin)

Later on in the show, you’ll hear about how Ithaca-area birders Mark Chao and Miyoko Chu introduced passers-by on their evening walks to an Eastern Screech Owl roosting in a dead tree.

We also recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month by profiling the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Roger Y. Tsien. He, along, with Dr. Martin Chalfie and Dr. Osamu Shimomura, received the 2008 prize in chemistry for the discovery of and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP for use in cell biological applications.

Producer: Liz Mahood

Interviews: Esther Racoosin

Music: Joe Lewis and Blue Dot Sessions

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

An interview with Dr. David Deitcher, an Associate Professor at Cornell Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. His lab is studying the mutation “Julius Seizure” or JUS in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. He discusses what fruit flies can teach us about epilepsy and how this knowledge can lead to possible treatments in humans.

Watch experiments performed at Deitcher Lab.