Studio 619 for August 26, 2007

by scrosby on August 26, 2007

Cardiovascular Innovation Institute

As the space shuttle Endeavor made its way back to Earth last week, so did a briefcase-sized experiment conducted by researchers at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute in Louisville.

Dr. Stuart Williams and Dr. Jay Hoying have been monitoring small waves of data collected from the experiment while in space, and say it’s been working as hoped. They’re testing the way a human wound heals in space.

They spoke with WFPL’s Stephanie Sanders about the experiment, what it could mean for astronauts in the future and how it could help us heal here on Earth.

Louisville Tap Water

Bottled water has been targeted lately because of the waste it leaves behind. While plastic bottles are made from oil and are piling up in land fills, water company officials here are reminding residents about Louisville Tap – fresh, clean, tasty water straight from the faucet. Tune in as WFPL’s Heidi Caravan talks with Greg Heitzman and Barbara Crow about water – where it comes from, how it’s delivered and future plans to help other municipalities in Kentucky with water shortages.

Charles Venable

As the current Speed Art Museum director Peter Morrin steps down, a new leader from the Cleveland Museum of Art will become his successor. Charles Venable is scheduled to begin the job at the end of October.

WFPL’s Julie Goodwin talks with Venable about his goals for the Speed.

Presidential Scholars

Each year, a special White House commission chooses a handful of high school seniors to receive the title of Presidential Scholars. The group, usually around 140 students, represents each state and major territory in the United States.

Every summer, the Presidential Scholars are invited to a week of celebrations and events hosted by the White House. While there, scholars have the opportunity to connect and meet influential political figures, notably the Secretary of Education and the President. WFPL’s David Tao, a 2007 Presidential Scholar for Kentucky, reports on this year’s event, held in late June.

Junior Achievement

From third grade until high school Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana teaches students through free enterprise education. J-A classes center around curriculum and provides hands-on learning labs. WFPL’s Heidi Caravan spoke with Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana Senior Program Manager Shellea Ijames about the program here and their current needs for volunteers.

Listen to the show.

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