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.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says a downtown casino could provide the region with an important job creation engine.

Warren made the remarks during an appearance on WXXI's Connections with Evan Dawson on Thursday.

Our Monthly Science Roundtable looks at gravitational waves. The remarkable story of the first detection of gravitational waves confirms that Einstein was right, which is not exactly news, but in this case it was: Einstein figured these waves exist, but he also figured that we'd never be able to build anything sensitive enough to detect them. So in that sense, Einstein was wrong.

Our panel explains what the waves are, how we detected them, where they came from, and what we might discover next. And there happens to be local connections, which we explain as well. Our guests:

Our Monthly Science Roundtable asks: What if science could fix one of our country's big energy mistakes?

A decade ago, government was all-in on corn-based ethanol. This produced bad results on a number of levels: environmental, energy efficiency, the impact on food and crop rotation, etc. But now a team led by a researcher at the University of Rochester is zeroing in on a method to make ethanol much more efficient, and much less corrosive. Will it work? We explore the research.

  • Bill Jones, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, University of Rochester
  • Tom Baker, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, University of Ottawa

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