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

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 student in the Cornell Department of Astronomy. He discusses his analysis of data from the NASA Juno spacecraft that reveal lightning flashes in the atmosphere of the planet Jupiter. Aglyamov is an author on a paper recently published in Nature, “Small Lightning Flashes From Shallow Electrical Storms on Jupiter”.

Depiction of a simple bridge design and build engineering project (photo courtesy of “DSC06025” by Barrett.Discovery is licensed with Creative Commons BY 2.0)
Spencer Hill, 3rd Grade Teacher at Cayuga Heights Elementary School in Ithaca, NY (photo courtesy of S. Hill)

Later in the show, Esther Racoosin speaks with Spencer Hill. He is a 3rd grade teacher at Cayuga Heights Elementary in the Ithaca City School District.

After schools closed in mid-March of this year due to COVID-19, Hill and his colleagues, Kim Snow and Emily Graber, decided to continue to instruct their students to practice simple design and build projects.

Hill applied for a Red and Gold grant from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative to provide funding for the supplies for the projects. In this episode, he speaks about what it was like to instruct the kids to do these projects at home with their families instead of with their peers at school. To learn more about the Ithaca Public Education Initiatives, and their teacher grants, go to

Producer: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Yuri Aglyamov: Candice Limper

Music: Joe Lewis; Blue Dot Sessions

LSS 91: Mentoring Future Scientists

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 of Dr. Kelly Jun Liu. She is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) at Cornell University. Dr. Liu, Dr. Tim Huffaker and Dr. Volker Vogt direct the MBG Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, also known as the REU program.  In the interview, Dr. Liu describes how the REU program introduces students to the experience of developing, working on and presenting a research project. 

The REU program was initiated in 2013 by Dr. Eric Alani. It has continued up to the present, although the 2020 program had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MBG program receives financial support from the National Science Foundation and several programs at Cornell, including the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, the Weill Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. The MBG program has received administrative help from Anne Dunford, Katelynn Wagner, Jennifer Robinson, and Joan Olson. More information can be found here:

Graduate Student Lisette Payero (courtesy of L. Payero)

In the second portion of our show, we hear an interview of Cornell graduate student Lisette Payero. She is a fellow in the Alfred P. Sloan Minority Graduate Scholarship Program.  Payero discusses the features of the Sloan graduate program, the mentor- training component of the program, and her research interests.

Display of photography exhibits from 2019 Youth 4-H Fair
(photo courtesy of Brenda Carpenter)

In the third segment of today’s show, you’ll hear about how local K-12 students are learning about Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math fields in their 4-H clubs. These students are participating in the annual Tompkins County Youth 4-H fair. Brenda Carpenter, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tompkins 4-H Coordinator, talks about how the 4-H participants have been able to move ahead with the fair amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, visit


Producer: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Dr. Kelly Liu; Interview of Brenda Carpenter: Esther Racoosin

Interview of Lisette Payero: Candice Limper

Music: Joe Lewis, Blue Dot Sessions, Ben Jordan

LSS 78: Ocean Health

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 recently published a book titled Ocean Outbreak.

Guest contributor Zach Bellido spoke to Cornell’s Shoals Marine Laboratory Island coordinator Collin Love about marine parasitology.

Professor Harvell and her new book

Science News: Liz Mahood

Science Events: Esther Racoosin

Producer: Mark Sarvary