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The State of Research Podcast is brought to you by the Vice President of Research and Colorado State University. This podcast aims to bring to light the world-renowned research done right here at CSU. By interviewing researchers, we can demonstrate how discovering answers to complex questions is a journey filled with unique stories. Your host, Mason Force hopes to inspire with these stories of innovation which propel us into the future.

Episode 06: State of Research Year In Review

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Episode 06: State of Research Year In Review

In our final episode for this year, we’ll be looking back by interviewing three researchers behind some of the most popular Conversation articles of 2018.  Dr. John Spencer, Dr. Rick Aster and Dr. Chris Rithner talk about their research into the transmission of the leprosy disease, induced earthquakes in Oklahoma and the remarkable properties of helium.

Episode 05: An Unexpected Trip to Africa

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Episode 05: An Unexpected Trip to Africa
On this episode, I sit down with Shelby, a liberal arts student studying Journalism and Media Communications at Colorado State. Shelby had the opportunity as an undergraduate student to travel abroad to Rwanda and Uganda to document the collaborative work being done by CSU’s Energy Institute and Xpower to provide microgrid technology and energy access across these countries. As a member of CSU’s media team, Shelby was able to see first hand how CSU’s microgrid technology impacted the civilians of these foreign countries. On the show we will be talking about Shelby’s trip to Africa, her experience with the culture, the people, and the microgrid project aimed at providing electricity and power to thousands.

Episode 04: The Methodology Behind CSU’s Methane Mapping Project

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Episode 04: The Methodology Behind CSU’s Methane Mapping Project

On this episode, I sit down with Joe Von Fischer a Professor of Biology & Zach Weller an Assistant Professor in Statistics at Colorado State. Both Joe and Zach have been working on a project with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Google Earth Outreach to pinpoint climate pollution in metropolitan cities. Their mission with this project is it to establish faster and cheaper ways to find and assess methane leaks under city streets. Their approach has been tested in a dozen cities across the U.S. and today on the show they will be talking about how their project came to fruition and how they created their innovative method in quantifying methane leaks in urban areas. Along with their research, we will dive into a personal conversation about both researcher’s explorative attitudes and how they’ve evolved into prevalent game changers in measuring natural gas leaks across the country. 

Episode 03: The Community Literacy Center and Speakout Program

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Episode 03: The Community Literacy Center and Speakout Program

On this episode, I sit down with the Director of the Community Literacy Center Tobi Jacobi, and one of the center’s interns Bree Jones, to discuss the CLC’s mission to create alternative literacy opportunities that work to educate and empower underserved populations. With some background on the CLC, we will then discuss Tobi and Bree’s roles and some of the heartfelt moments they’ve experienced while orchestrating the center’s Speakout Program. 

Episode 02: Digital Storytelling, Now and Into the Future

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Episode 02: Digital Storytelling, Now and Into the Future

On this episode, I sit down with Mike Humphrey an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts College here at Colorado State. Humphrey researches how life stories emerge on social media as well as teaches Digital Storytelling & Audience Engagement and Entrepreneurial Journalism. As a recognized journalist and scholar at CSU, Humphrey has also contributed to a variety of publications. In the ever-changing landscape of digital media I am excited to sit down with both one of my mentors and good friends, to discuss the evolution of social media, the current state for journalists and the future of journalism, as well as touch on how VR and AR will change the way our culture communicates and shares our stories.

Episode 01: Power House Energy Campus

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Episode 01: Power House Energy Campus

On this episode, we sit down with Shane Garland & Derek Young, both grad students in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. Shane and Derek both currently work with the ITS Labs, over at CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Campus, where they’re working on an Ultra-Efficient Turbo-Compression Cooling System, both Shane and Derek work with their team to develop a thermally powered supplemental cooling system for thermoelectric power plants that will enable dry cooling.