Janet Rafner, a 2015 University of Virginia graduate in Physics and Studio Art, is currently in Denmark on a Fulbright scholarship. She is there to research new ways to create visualizations of complex phenomena in quantum physics. Did you get that? Her job is to figure out visually interesting ways to explain quantum physics to the rest of us. That is no small order, but Janet is doing just that.
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What happens when a cable company, an engineer, a former aircraft mechanic, and a Spanish teacher decide to make a difference in the lives of students in Southside Virginia? You get a FIRST Robotics Competition All Star Rookie team – The Golden Dukes.
Welcome to week three of our ongoing series showcasing black scientists and inventors. This week we will be highlighting Emmett Chappelle who worked with NASA to develop the first breathing apparatuses for space and a method to detect life on Mars. Chappelle has been honored as one of the 100 most distinguished African American scientists of the 20th Century.
Welcome to Week One of our series celebrating black scientists and inventors. In this installment we’ll be looking at a pioneer in the world of inventing: Garrett Morgan. Garrett Morgan saved lives on the road with one invention, and made a daring rescue using another!
Welcome to Week Two of our series celebrating black scientists and inventors. In this installment we’ll be looking at someone who is currently researching the atmosphere and the effects of aerosol, Akua Asa-Awuku. Akua Asa-Awuku is working hard to make sure climate change doesn’t progress any farther on account of aerosols!
Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta recently challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it – even with a conventional microscope. They needed to illustrate nanotechnology: science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale—from one to one hundred nanometers. Nano means “billionth” and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.
How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading? If you are interested in these questions then being an “Illness investigator” or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) might be the right career path for you.