Evan Dawson

Evan Dawson joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Evan is also the author of Summer in a Glass: The Coming Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes and is the managing editor/Finger Lakes editor for the New York Cork Report, a web site that offers independent news, reviews, and commentary about the New York wine industry.

He has written freelance articles on topics including politics, wine, travel, and Major League Baseball.

In our Monthly Science Roundtable, we look at climate change and global cooling...3.6 million years ago.

How did the northern hemisphere, which didn't have much ice four million years ago, end up with continental ice sheets by roughly 2.7 million years ago? There are a number of ideas that could explain the global cooling. The National Science Foundation recently awarded $4.24 million to two University of Rochester researchers to launch a joint U.S.-China research project studying the role of CO2 in reverse global warming.

We'll also explore why researchers now believe our magnetic field is 500 million years older than previously thought. What does that mean for sustaining life and what might that mean for life on Mars? Our guests:

  • Carmala Garzione, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester
  • John Tarduno, professor and director of undergraduate programs in geosciences, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester

Even if you’ve never played a video game in your life, video game design and gamification are still shaping our lives. More than 155 million Americans spend over 20 billion dollars a year on video games, so is it any wonder that computer games are influencing our experiences of healthcare, human resources, education and business?

Video Games are often blamed for all kinds of social ills, but there’s a lot more to the influence of gaming culture than you might expect.

And we’ll start with a conversation with Michael Clune, author of his new memoir GameLife – Clune argues that the computer games he played growing up were actually crucial to his spiritual education. And we’ll look at how gamification is helping upstate businesses collaborate more effectively.

Our guests:

  • Michael W. Clune, English professor at the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University
  • JP Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong National Museum of Play
  • Jeremy Saucier, assistant director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games at The Strong National Museum of Play
  • Deborah A. Gears, associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Attempts to solve problems around the world are happening right here in Rochester. Examples include a new app that could help in how we respond to epidemics, the ability to better map disasters, and understanding the value of information and how to use it. We're going to talk about these things and more with our panel:

  • Ammina Kothari, RIT School of Communication.
  • Brian Tomaszewski, assistant professor at RIT
  • Solomon Abiola, research associate at the University of Rochester Medical Center

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Opponents of a liquid propane gas facility near Seneca Lake say that the company behind the project is misrepresenting its support.

Crestwood Midstream from Texas wants to expand the facility to store propane gas in the underground salt caverns.

Opponents argue it’s a risk to the water supply and the environment.

A Crestwood press release claimed a broad base of support for the gas project - including a wine producer named Munroe Vineyards.

But WXXI News has learned that Munroe Vineyards is not a winery - but a trucking company that hauls propane.

In this hour of Innovation Friday, we're talking alternative energies, mainly fuel cells and batteries. Our guests are:

  • Matt Fronk, consultant to the Fuel Cell, Battery and Alternative Energy Industries and a co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council’s energy Innovation sub-group.
  • Courtney Reich, the 2013 Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year and director of engineering at NOHMs
  • Technologies which does R&D on producing cheaper, sustainable and more efficient lithium ion batteries.
  • Denise Sheehan, a senior advisor to New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium
  • James Greenberger with the National Alliance for Advanced Technology Batteries