Podcast: Technology

Episode 109: How Does the James Webb Space Telescope See?

Meet the Expert: Joe DePasquale, Senior Data Imaging Developer   Currently, Joe is the senior Data Imaging Developer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Joe. Prior to joining STScI in March of 2017, I he was the Science Imager for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. If you’ve ever seen a space image… Continue Reading Episode 109: How Does the James Webb Space Telescope See?

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Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

Meet the Expert:  LCDR Rebecca (Becky) Shaw, NOAA hurricane hunter Rebecca Shaw is a Wp-3D Hurricane Hunter & Test Pilot at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Experienced Test Pilot with a demonstrated history of working in the Military industry, she has a  Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering from John’s… Continue Reading Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

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Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Will Grundy, Co-investigator of NASA’s New Horizon Project and Planetary Scientist at Lowell Observatory Dr. Grundy does spectroscopic, thermal, and imaging observations of outer Solar System bodies using numerous large ground- and space-based telescopes including Hubble, Keck, Gemini, DCT, IRTF, and MMT. Targets of these observations include icy satellites and Kuiper… Continue Reading Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

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Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

Meet the Expert: Kirsten W. Larson, Former NASA Public Affairs Officer, now Children’s Author Kirsten used to work with rocket scientists at NASA. Now she writes books for curious kids. Kirsten is the author of WOOD, WIRE, WINGS: EMMA LILIAN TODD INVENTS AN AIRPLANE, illustrated by Tracy Subisak (Calkins Creek, 2020), A TRUE WONDER: The Comic Book Hero Who… Continue Reading Episode 75: How Does NASA Help People on the Ground?

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Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Ryan MacDonald, theoretical physicist   Dr. Ryan MacDonald is a theoretical astrophysicist researching exoplanet atmospheres at Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute. He develops techniques to characterize the atmospheres of these distant worlds using ground and space-based telescopes. Dr. MacDonald is currently working on modeling exoplanet atmospheres in preparation for the launch… Continue Reading Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

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Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Save Soil?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Colleen Kelley, Organometallic chemist   Colleen Kelley received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Richmond, and herPh.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. She continued her studies having been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the University Louis Pasteur with the Nobel Laureate, Professor Jean-Marie Lehn.  Colleen was… Continue Reading Episode 65: How Do Super Stinky Plants Save Soil?

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Episode 63: How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Eric Thrane, Cosmologist and Astrophysicist Dr. Thrane is  a Professor at Monash University in the School of Physics and Astronomy where he studies cosmology, astrophysics, and gravity. He specialises in astrophysical inference using data from gravitational-wave observatories to answer questions such as: how do compact binaries form, what is the fate… Continue Reading Episode 63: How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?

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Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

Meet the Expert: Bailey Burns, Systems Engineer   Bailey Burns is a systems engineer working for Raytheon and now Paragon Space Development Corporation. She is involved in planning the  next mission for the moon! Bailey is also the Rubik’s Brand Amabassador. She first started solving Rubik’s cubes in 7th grade when her math teacher taught… Continue Reading Episode 61: How Do You Keep Astronauts Alive in Space?

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Episode 59: How Can Science Help Us to Solve Crimes?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Kelly Elkins, biochemist and forensic scientist  Dr. Kelly Elkins is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Towson University and a founding tri-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Forensic Science Education. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Keene State College in 1997 and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry from Clark University in 2001 and 2003,… Continue Reading Episode 59: How Can Science Help Us to Solve Crimes?

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Episode 58: How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

Meet the Expert: Melinda Bradley, physicist and space educator Melinda Bradley is responsible for implementing a range of the Space Foundation’s space-inspired STEM educational programs including the Junior Space Entrepreneurship Program, Discover the Universe field trips and virtual programs as well as the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s public programming initiatives for students, teachers, and families.… Continue Reading Episode 58: How Can Physics Help Us to Capture an Alien?

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Episode 42: Why Would You Want to Learn to Code Anyway?

Meet the Expert: Bryanne Leeming, Coder and Inventor Bryanne is the Founder & CEO of Unruly Studios, and inventor of their award-winning product, Unruly Splats. Unruly Splats engage elementary and middle school students with learning STEM skills and computer science through active recess-style play. Unruly Splats was recently awarded MassTLC’s 2019 Digital Transformation in Education.… Continue Reading Episode 42: Why Would You Want to Learn to Code Anyway?

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Episode 11: How Do You Build Teeth Out of Soap?

Meet the Expert:   Dr. Emily Swanson, DMD Dr. Emily Swanson is a native of Newnan, GA. She attended undergrad at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Biology. Dr. Swanson earned her DMD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of the American Dental Association on a local, state,… Continue Reading Episode 11: How Do You Build Teeth Out of Soap?

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