Dave Schlom

Host, Blue Dot

Dave Schlom has taught the physical sciences at Corning Union High School since 1991. A lifelong amateur astronomer and astronomy educator, he has a passion for both the earth and the space sciences, which are the principal areas of focus for guests on Blue Dot. He started doing radio interviews on space and astronomy topics for local stations like KFM and KPAY in the 1980s and into the 90s, where he was a popular go-to guest for local radio personalities. He is also an expert on the history and geology of Lassen Volcanic National Park, where he has served as a volunteer for decades. Dave enjoys a quiet life at home with his partner in life, Cheryl, and their two dogs, Elvis and Pearl, at their Red Bluff residence.

Jason Sussberg

Bill Nye produced 100 episodes of  "Bill Nye the Science Guy" during the 1990s, winning 19 Emmy Awards  in the process. Since then, he's continued to be a voice for science and science education. Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado are directing the crowd-funded documentary (with Nick Gordon and Nick Pampanella producing) about Bill, and Sussberg spoke about it with host of the Blue Dot Report Dave Schlom. Dave being the Bill Nye fan he is, the conversation went too long for our radio broadcast. 

Kacey Gardner / NSPR

On this special episode of The Blue Dot Report, produced for North State Suds and Spirits Day as part of NSPR's fall membership drive, Dave Schlom investigates the science behind beer, with a guest who knows quite a bit about it. 


After years of drought and with winter not far off, it seems everyone has an opinion on this year's El Niño — or lack thereof. Host Dave Schlom spoke with Dr. Bill Patzert, an oceanographer for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to get some authoritative answers on whether we'll see an El Niño winter, and what that does (and does not) mean. 


The mission to Europa is still in the very preliminary stages. NASA scientist Cynthia Phillips is part of the NASA science team working on launching a project to Europa. There's good evidence of a liquid ocean underneath the icy crust, and with its warm planetary core, it might be our best bet to find alien life in our own solar system.

Derek Muller tells Dave Schlom about his YouTube channel, Veritasium (a hypothetical element of truth). Muller uses his science expertise and "leads with awesome" to engage and educate Internet viewers. 


Jessica Neu studies Earth's atmosphere for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She tells Dave Schlom about the impact of ozone in the lower parts of the atmosphere, and about what major polluting countries like China and the U.S. are doing to combat — and add to — the problem. 

The dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the Asteroid Belt. NASA's Dawn spacecraft is using its special ion engine to stay in orbit around Ceres. Dave Schlom talks with mission director and chief engineer Mark Rayman about the craft and what wonderful new science it will send back next.

KRCR Meteorologist Rob Elvington talks about how hot it's been this year and goes into the likelihood of El Niño bringing the North State some wet weather this upcoming rainy season. 

The Blue Dot Report: Pluto Special

Jul 24, 2015
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

On July 14, the space probe New Horizons went on its closest approach of Pluto. It's already sent back iconic images of the distant world, but that's just the tip of the iceberg as far as the deluge of data still to come. Host Dave Schlom talks with New Horizons team lead Alan Stern and co-investigator Joel Parker about the mission. He also checks in with a Pluto Pal, who has the same launch date as New Horizons — 1/19/06. 

Derek Muller is the creator of the popular science YouTube channel Veritasium. He's also host of a new documentary called "Uranium: Twisting the Dragon's Tale," due out in the U.S. July 28th on PBS.