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Superheroes of Science is on a mission to highlight current and exciting science and STEM content. Get your science directly from the experts!

    What is Far-UVC technology, and How it Can Be Used to Make our Indoor Environments Healthier?

    What is Far-UVC technology, and How it Can Be Used to Make our Indoor Environments Healthier?

    Today we chatted with John Rajchert about the application of using far UVC technology to make indoor environments healthier. Rajchert is a native of Sydney Australia with an impressive background in electrical engineering.  He has worked for years making buildings safe and efficient. Today he is a Co-founder and CEO of Lit Thinking and discusses what Far-UVC technology is and how it works. 

    • 37 min
    Understanding Quantum Physics

    Understanding Quantum Physics

    We wanted to know a few things about Quantum materials. Who better to ask than Erica W. Carlson, Ph.D., a Professor of Physics at Purdue University. Prof. Carlson holds a BS in Physics from the California Institute of Technology (1994), as well as a Ph.D. in Physics from UCLA (2000). A theoretical physicist at the Purdue Quantum Science and Engineering Institute, Prof. Carlson researches electronic phase transitions in quantum materials. In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for theoretical insights into the critical role of electron nematicity, disorder, and noise in novel phases of strongly correlated electron systems and predicting unique characteristics." Prof. Carlson has been on the faculty at Purdue University since 2003, where she was recently named a "150th Anniversary Professor" in recognition of teaching excellence.  She is a founding member of Innovation in Quantum Pedagogy and its Relation to Culture (IQ-PARC).  Her latest work popularizing science can be found at youtube.com/@TheQuantumAge .
     

    • 33 min
    What is the Mars Perseverance Rover Doing Now?

    What is the Mars Perseverance Rover Doing Now?

    Briony Horgan, Associate Professor of Planetary Sciences at Purdue University, is working to determine whether we are alone in the Universe, or if life once existed on other planets such as Mars. She explains what the Perseverance Rover is doing on Mars, (like looking for ancient microbial life!), and talks about the samples and data that Perseverance is collecting. Briony also discusses a future NASA mission that will focus on returning samples to Earth (Mars Sample Return). 
     

    • 23 min
    AI Bias and Ethical Concerns

    AI Bias and Ethical Concerns

    Dr. Lindsay Weinberg is a clinical assistant professor in the John Martinson Honors College at Purdue University, and the Director of the Tech Justice Lab. Her research and teaching are at the intersection of science and technology studies, media studies, and feminist studies, with an emphasis on the social and ethical impacts of digital technology.  
     

    • 35 min
    How Machine Learning and A.I. Models Work

    How Machine Learning and A.I. Models Work

    From “writing code” without knowing code to training models, Professor Tianyi Zhang discusses how Machine Learning and A.I. models work and what they are. He is an Assistant Professor at Purdue University researching Human and Computer Interaction.

    • 30 min
    Who should study Cybersecurity?

    Who should study Cybersecurity?

    In an era of increasing cyber threats, Eugene H. Spafford forges our future in the area of cybersecurity.  Dr. Spafford is a Professor of Computer Science in Purdue University’s College of Science. He explains ethical hacking, social engineering, and the role of cybersecurity professionals in our lives.
     

    • 33 min

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11 Ratings

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Excellent Resources for Relevant Science Content

This podcast does a great job of focusing on the real-world application of science. They bring in a large variety of expects and the interviews are laid back and easy to listen to. I absolutely would recommend this podcast to any teachers or student interested in learning more about how science is used in the world.

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Good for learning new science

I enjoy listening to these. They have a lot of variety in science. It's nice to learn from actual scientists and hear about new research.

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Great podcast!

I really enjoy listening to this podcast! So much fun and very informational! Love learning about all of these different topics! My favorite episode was about the zombie cicadas! Definitely recommend!

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