Nuclear Chemistry in the CosmosWhy are barns red? Where did the strontium used in many toothpastes come from? What makes gold? These seemingly disparate questions are tied together by the field of nuclear astrophysics. All of the chemical elements that make up you and your surroundings were once processed in a star or stellar explosion and nuclear astrophysics aims to better understand how this happens. I discussed this nuclear chemistry of the cosmos at a Spring meeting of the Columbus Section of the American Chemical Society. A copy of this presentation can be accessed here. You can find a video of a similar presentation here. Those looking for a more technical presentation can find my webinar delivered on related research for the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics here on the JINA YouTube page. If you are interested in a science outreach presentation on nuclear astrophysics at your school or organization, please contact me.
Exhibit on Exploding Stars & MoreA new teaching museum is under development at Ohio University that will provide cross-disciplinary educational experiences to the denizens of Appalachia. The Ohio University Museum Complex is located in and around Lin Hall within the Ridges Green. This effort includes a broad range of talent from Ohio University who contribute complementary expertise to help develop transformative learning experiences that combine art, science, and the outdoors. My role on this team is the "Curator of Exploding Stars". You can read more about the Museum Complex and see the other creative curator titles here.
Nuclear Astrophysics in a NutshellNuclear astrophysics is the study of nuclei, the cores of atoms, and how their interactions impact the behavior of extremely dense matter and the origin of the elements. This research involves computational modeling of stellar explosions, as well as recreating parts of these stellar explosions in the laboratory. I discussed this at a level intended for the general public in an interactive presentation for the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences Science Café. You can find most of that discussion here on the Science Café playlist. A copy of this presentation can be accessed here. Those looking for a more technical presentation can find my webinar delivered on related research for the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics here on the JINA YouTube page.
Nuclear Physics Lab ToursThe Edwards Accelerator Laboratory (EAL) on the Ohio Univeristy (OU) campus is a world-class center for research in nuclear physics. We appreciate that what we do would not be possible without tax-payer money and we would love to share our work with you. Roughly once a year we host a general open-house (A story about a recent event is here on the OU CAS Forum), however we host several other pre-arranged tours year round. If you would like a tour of the EAL on OU's campus, please contact me.
Popular Science WritingUpon request, I wrote an article for the public on time travel to correspond with the beginning of the 10th season of the BBC series Doctor Who. The piece, "A Time Lord's Guide to Time Travel", which is my first and only foray into popular science writing, can be found here on the Ohio University College of Arts and Sciences Forum.
Nuclear Astrophysics for High Schoolers at PANThe Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN) camp is a science outreach program sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics. The purpose of PAN is to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about nuclear physics through a series of hands-on experiments and lectures. I served as a lecturer for the 2015 and 2016 PAN camps, providing an introduction to nuclear astrophysics. A copy of this presentation can be accessed here.
REACHing for the Stars with Art StudentsREACH art studio in Lansing, Michigan hosts after school art programs for students of all ages. The programs often have a secondary goal of teaching students about a topic through art. I have served as a guest lecturer for the Creative Connections and Teen Open Studio programs, where in each case my goal was to educate elementary through high school students about the solar system. I make a brief appearance in this promotional video for Teen Open Studio.