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.

NASA's SMAP observatory satellite uses two instruments — one active, one passive — to monitor moisture levels in the Earth's soil. 

Dave Schlom talks with Josh Willis about how much heat energy is being absorbed by the ocean.

Bill Patzert explains the science behind California's historic drought, and breaks the bad news about the rain outlook for the rest of the year.

Voyager I Project Manager Suzanne Dodd talks about host Dave Schlom's favorite NASA mission, and about how the iconic "Pale Blue Dot" image came to be. 

Science communicator Laura Tenenbaum clearly explains the difference about climate and weather — and how misunderstanding that difference can be harmful. 

"The Martian" has won Golden Globes and is up for a bunch of Oscar nominations. While the film has big names like Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Ridley Scott, does it measure up scientifically? Host Dave Schlom speaks with Rob Manning, a space flight engineer with NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena to find out. 

Chip Miller details the findings from CARVE — Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment — and tells us why those findings are important for the study of Earth's climate. 


SMAP: Pre-Launch

Jan 8, 2015

Dara Entekhabi gives an overview of how the SMAP (Soil Moisture Passive Active) observatory will work, and why. 

Extreme climber Alex Honnold talks with host Dave Schlom about his insane free solo climbs, his philanthropy, common misconceptions about him and what it means to take on some of nature's biggest challenges.