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KZMU producer Kristina Young has received a Public Programming Award from the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, part of Brigham Young University. The $2,000 grant will be used to promote “Science Moab,” heard weekly on Fridays on KZMU (90.1 and 106.7 FM or kzmu.org) at 11:30 a.m.

A soil ecologist currently working on her doctorate, Young launched “Science Moab” in January 2017. She has interviewed more than 30 scientists in a variety of disciplines, most of them doing research on the Colorado Plateau.

Besides exploring the cutting-edge science being done in our region, Young asks scientists about what attracted them to particular areas of study and why they enjoy their work, bringing a human and often quirky response from the interviewees.

KZMU Board of Trustees member Sasha Reed, a research ecologist with the USGS, had some words of encouragement and praise.

“This new funding to Kristina Young and KZMU is so exciting and so well-deserved,” she said. “Kristina and KZMU are part of an emerging frontier for science communication and radio engagement and I can’t wait for the next installment!”

“Science Moab” is archived online at kzmu.org, and you can find it on iTunes as a podcast.