Experts for media from Purdue University

Giant Leaps in Space: Earth, Exploration, Economics

Alina Alexeenko - Helping humans survive as they travel to space, expert in the freeze-drying process called lyophilization

Cary Mitchell - Growing crops in space and on other planets

Briony Horgan - Scientist on NASA’s Curiosity and 2020 Mars rover missions

Steven Collicott - Zero-gravity research, private-sector space enterprise

H. Jay Melosh - Asteroid impacts, comets, moon, space missions

David Spencer - Jet propulsion, planetary robotics, space junk, deorbit old spacecraft

Giant Leaps in AI, Algorithms and Automation: Balancing Humanity and Technology

Julia Rayz - Artificial intelligence and humor. Improving human-computer interaction

Karthik Kannan - Artificial intelligence as it relates to products, policies and processes that appeal to human instincts

Dan GoldwasserArtificial intelligence, reliability of information 

Eugene Spafford - Computer network security, cybercrime and ethics, and “Deceiving the Deceivers”

Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar - Cyberdeviance, cyberforensics and cyberbullying, as well as law enforcement mental health

Giant Leaps in Health, Longevity and Quality of Life

Sharra Vostral - History of menstrual hygiene products, cultural meaning of technologies
Jacqueline Linnes - Biomedical engineer making faster and more portable disease diagnostic tools for global health crises

Regan Bailey - Nutritional epidemiology, supplements, dietary health for all ages, nutrition in children

Jennifer FreemanEnvironmental toxicology, adverse health outcomes throughout the lifespan

Maggie O'Haire - Human-animal interaction, Veterans with PTSD and service dogs

Philip Low - Drug discovery, targeted drug delivery, cancer

Timothy Ratliff - Cancer, drug discovery

Eric Nauman - The brain's reaction to impacts in high school football

Thomas Talavage - Repeated impacts affect brains of high school football players

Jessica Huber - Parkinson’s Disease, speech issues, SpeechVive and entrepreneurship

Wendy Kline - History of medicine, women’s health and childbirth

Heather Servaty-Seib - Adults, youth dealing with grief and dying; grief support and communication

Giant Leaps Toward a Sustainable Economy and Planet: Innovate today for a sustainable tomorrow 

Dan Chavas - Physics of extreme weather, climate change

Rakesh Agrawal - The hydrogen economy, biomass conversion to liquid fuels, renewable energy 

Gregory M. Shaver - Improved engine and vehicle efficiency to reduce emissions

Jonathon Day - Sustainable tourism, destination branding, hospitality practices

Natural Disasters and Evergreen Topics 

Catherine Hill - Mosquito- and tick-borne diseases: transmission, symptoms, prevention

Ernest R. Blatchley III - Swimming pool water contamination by disinfection byproducts, pharmaceuticals, personal care products

Vilas Pol - New concepts for better rechargeable lithium-ion batteries 

Nadia E. Brown - Black women in politics, minority representation

Kathryn Cramer Brownell - Showbiz politics, political campaigns, presidential politics, entertainment media

Cheryl Cooky - Women in sports, girls’ participation in sports

Richard Feinberg - Retail sales, e-retailing, retail trends, consumer interests, holiday retail sales 

R. Douglas Hurt - History of agriculture in the West and Midwest

Jeffrey D. Karpicke - Best strategies for learning, information retrieval 

Ellen Kossek - Work/life/family issues, employee well-being, diversity and gender equality and inclusion in the workplace

Glenn Sparks - Communication, mass media effects, belief in the paranormal, media violence and horror

Kipling Williams - Ostracism, silent treatment, rejection and social psychology

Fenggang Yang - Sociologist studies religion, faith in China 

Beth Holloway - STEM education, women in engineering, attracting K-12 students to engineering, diversity in STEM and engineering

Danny White - Motorsports safety and STEM education

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