Pulse of the Planet Research Spotlights

Pulse of the Planet

Pulse of the Planet is a daily radio program covering science, nature, culture, and the environment. Presented by the National Science Foundation, it is broadcast over 252 public and commercial radio stations around the world, as well as the Armed Forces Radio Network. The program has featured several faculty members at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Sarah McDonald
Assistant Professor of Virology

Learn more about Sarah McDonald's research.

Michelle Theus
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

  • Surviving Strokes
    Why is it that some patients are able to survive a stroke and others are not?
    Air date: Feb 11, 2016
  • Strokes - Collaterals
    After a stroke, a specialized network of blood vessels redirects the flow of blood in the brain.
    Air date: Feb 12, 2016
  • Drugs to Prevent Strokes
    Scientists are trying to develop a drug that could help stroke patients maximize whatever bypass arteries they may have.
    Air date: Feb 15, 2016

Learn more about research studies in the Theus Laboratory.

Terry Hrubec
Research Assistant Professor

  • Quats
    There’s evidence that a chemical compound found in many home cleaning products is causing reproductive difficulties in animals in laboratory tests.
    Air date: Feb 19, 2016
  • Quats – Effects on Humans
    A widely used category of chemical substances is coming under scrutiny for possibly having harmful side-effects.
    Air date: Feb 22, 2016
  • Quats – Multiple Uses
    Approximately 4,000 new substances are registered each day and not all of these can be thoroughly tested before they are used in consumer products.
    Air date: Feb 23, 2016

Coy Allen
Assistant Professor of Inflammatory Disease

  • Cancer - the Immune System
    When it comes to our immune system, there are times when too much defense is not such a good thing.
    Air date: Feb 6, 2015
  • Cancer - Chess Master
    Finding a strategy to combat cancer is like playing chess against a Grandmaster.
    Air date: Feb 9, 2015
  • Cancer - Mutations
    Could there be over time, any positive outcomes from cancer via mutation?
    Air date: Feb 10, 2015

Learn more about research studies in the Allen Laboratory.

Jennifer Barrett
Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery

Learn more about the college's regenerative medicine research.