Jen Swanson

Episode 94: How Can You Hold the Sun in a Donut?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Arturo Dominguez, Plasma Physicist Dr. Arturo Dominguez, is a plasma physicist and innovative science education leader at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). He has worked there for nearly 10 years and is known for his enthusiasm and passion for teaching students and the public about plasma… Continue Reading Episode 94: How Can You Hold the Sun in a Donut?

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Episode 93: Why Do Dogs and Cats Need to Go to the Doctor?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Michelle Clements, Veterinarian Dr. Michelle is from Neptune Beach and loves calling Jacksonville home. She has had a close connection with all creatures from an early age – whether it was insects or zoo animals, she was interested in their lives and wanted to care for them. As soon as she… Continue Reading Episode 93: Why Do Dogs and Cats Need to Go to the Doctor?

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Episode 92: How Do You Make a Great Video?

Meet the Expert: Nick Norris, Anthropologist and Documentary Filmmaker Nick Norris is a professional photographer, owner of the business BokehBard, and works as Sony’s Southeast Camera Representative. Based in Northeast Florida, Nick specializes in crafting a story through documentation and vivid inspiration. Using his background in anthropology and oral storytelling, he creates a dialogue between… Continue Reading Episode 92: How Do You Make a Great Video?

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Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Jermey Matthews, chemical engineer and MIT Press book editor Jermey N. A. Matthews, PhD joined the MIT Press in 2016 after working for nine years as industry reporter and book reviews editor for Physics Today magazine. He holds a PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland. In 2021,… Continue Reading Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

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Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

Meet the Expert:  Lou Ramon, former NASA Engineer Lou Ramon has been a “space cadet” his entire life. As a young boy, he had his own model plane “air force” hanging from his bedroom ceiling and he grew up reading and watching science fiction TV shows and movies. So it’s no wonder he ended up… Continue Reading Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

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Episode 89: How Do You Make a Brain for a Computer?

Meet the Expert: Lisa Leinbaugh, Electrical Engineer As a kid, I loved collecting rocks. I still go rockhounding when I can. Rocks are made of minerals. Minerals have amazing crystal structures. I decided to study electrical engineering in college because semiconductors are made from crystals that conduct electricity. After over six years of college, I… Continue Reading Episode 89: How Do You Make a Brain for a Computer?

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Episode 88: What is Living in Your Dirt?

Meet the Expert: Kelly Bull, Horticulturist and Permaculture Landscaper Kelly Bull is a professional horticulturist, educator, and permaculture landscape designer with an infectious love for plants and an endless fascination for soil. As owner of Kelly Bull Permaculture Design in Colorado Springs, she creates custom designs for backyard ecosystems that allow people to connect with… Continue Reading Episode 88: What is Living in Your Dirt?

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Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

Meet the Expert:  Nils Larson, NASA Test Pilot David Nils Larson is a research test pilot at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. He is NASA’s lead pilot for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, and is assigned to Armstrong’s F/A-18, F-15, T-34 research and mission support aircraft and DC-8 airborne science aircraft. Larson also serves as senior advisor… Continue Reading Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

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Episode 86: The BEST of Deep Space

Happy New Year! Jennifer and Jeff are on vacation, but don’t miss our BEST of Deep Space compilation with snippets of episodes with some of our favorite engineers and scientists! Engineer and author Suzanne Slade How Do You Have a Snowball Fight on Mars?           Dr. Eric Thrane, LIGO astrophysicist How… Continue Reading Episode 86: The BEST of Deep Space

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Episode 85: The BEST of Animals

Happy Holidays! Jennifer and Jeff are on vacation, but don’t miss our BEST of Animals compilation with snippets of episodes with some of our favorite biologists!   Dr. Sarah McAnulty  Why are Squid Squishy? — Episode #60        Dr. Alison Pearce Stevens What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest? — Episode… Continue Reading Episode 85: The BEST of Animals

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Episode 84: The BEST of Science in Your Backyard!

Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays! Jennifer and Jeff are on vacation, but don’t miss our BEST of Science in Your Backyard compilation with snippets of episodes with some of our favorite “backyard” scientists    Dr. Loree Griffin Burns How Do You Meet the Moths in Your Neighborhood?            Dr. Colleen Kelley How… Continue Reading Episode 84: The BEST of Science in Your Backyard!

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Episode 83: What is it Like to Fly by Pluto?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Alan Stern,  Planetary scientist and Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizon Spacecraft Dr. Alan Stern is a planetaryscientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s $880M New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of… Continue Reading Episode 83: What is it Like to Fly by Pluto?

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