University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Next Studio One will highlight the dangers of synthetic drugs

This week on Studio One, Sergeant Travis Jacobson will discuss how synthetic drugs are becoming a serious concern across the United States. He will define what makes a “synthetic” substance and why they can be hazardous. “You seldom know what is in the drugs. The only way you would know is if some of these compounds are being made in a factory setting …it’s not exact science going into this,” said Jacobson. These imitation substances also can have more serious legal consequences, including the risk of a C Felony. Jacobson also works to prevent the use of harmful materials. He gives educational presentations to help parents identify symptoms of addiction and learn the dangers of these imitation substances.

Also, Red River Zoo Education Director Leila Goulet explains how children can be taught about wild animals and conservation. “They are so open to learning about animals,” said Goulet. “To start off at an early age to develop this appreciation for wildlife, I think that is so important.” Another aspect of her job is using the Species Survival Plan in her work at the zoo. This allows zoologists to breed animals that are genetically different and increase the number of that species. Goulet will bring three companions to the live telecast to help share the message of wildlife preservation.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Ray, N.D.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Winnipeg; and Brandon, Manitoba and online at

-- Chelsea Hay, Nicholas Johnson, Studio One, 777.4346,

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