Four new episodes of Inside Industry with IREO, the premier podcast series about working with industry to fund research, are now available on the Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) website.

The new episodes feature several researchers from across the University, including Sterling McPherson, assistant dean for research in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and head and principal investigator of the Analytics and Psychopharmacology Laboratory.

Aaron Feaver, director of the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM), talks about JCDREAM’s CHARGE Conference held on May 20 that aligned industry, researchers, and government around cleaning up our power grid, transportation, and technology sectors.

Juming Tang, chair of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, talks about his research on using microwaves to sterilize food to get rid of bacteria. Other benefits of using microwave sterilization include faster times of heating frozen food. The process also gives food a more fresh-like taste and texture along with improving the appearance of the food. The research for microwave sterilization is funded by the U.S. Army and various food companies. Juming also studies safety such as preventing salmonella in “low-moisture food” such as from affecting cereal, flour, dried fruits and nuts.

In the most recent episode, IREO interviews Kate Evans, professor in the Department of Horticulture. Evans is one of the key people behind creating the newly released Cosmic Crisp® apple that’s been taking over the apple industry. She joins Inside Industry with IREO to discuss how the apple was created, how apples are bred, and what’s next for her and her team.

Listen to new episodes and all podcast episodes here.