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Superheroes of Science

May 15, 2020

Barbara Cohen is a Planetary Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her interest lies in impact events across the Solar System. Barbara’s work includes laboratory geochronology (time and earth) to determine when rocks formed. Because she is not able to travel to places like the Moon and Mars, Barbara instead...


May 11, 2020

David Thompson is a professor in the Purdue University Department of Chemistry with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His group uses organic chemistry, which makes and breaks bonds to create new compounds. They work to create compounds both for new pharmaceuticals and to help with...


Apr 27, 2020

David Sanders, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, works on introducing genes, or nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), into cells with the hope of producing a therapeutic benefit to treat disease. Using the virus as a shell, David can manipulate different properties of a virus. One...


Apr 9, 2020

Jeff Lucas, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, researches and teaches animal communication. Animal communication is the study of the interaction of living organisms. An important aspect of understanding communication is understanding how sound travels in different environments. This leads us to the...


Mar 2, 2020

 Michelle Thompson, Assistant Professor of Planetary Sciences, looks at the building blocks of life in samples and dust from asteroids, comets, and meteorites. She tells us some clues to knowing if a rock is or is not a meteorite. Did you know that you can volunteer to go to Antarctica to search for meteorites for...