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Online resources:

  • Google doc with a collection of online resources outside of Purdue University 

Superheroes of Science 

Superheroes of Science is a 25-35 minute weekly interview with scientists. This podcast began as a resource for teachers and students to learn more about opportunities in different scientific fields and to help address career awareness in the field of science. The podcast has become a way for scientists to showcase their research, to learn about what others are doing in research, to be informed about current scientific research and trends in science education, and to gain an understanding of many science-related concepts.

 

YouTube Channel: Purdue University Superheroes of Science

  • Season 1: 2019

    • In the first season of Superheroes of Science, we did not take video. These are audio-only with a splash screen.
      • Darryl Granger, discusses cosmogenic nuclides, caving, radioactive dating, and the scientific method. Video, Worksheet
      • Dan Cziczo explains aerosols, the hole in the ozone layer, CFC, air particles, and clouds. Video, Worksheet

      • BioGeoChemist Lisa Welp discusses carbon cycle, CHONPS, carbon sink, isotopes used as tracers in water and her career path. Video, Worksheet
      • Robin Tanamachi studies severe storms using radar and discusses XTRRA, and 3-cm X-band radar. Video, Worksheet
  • Season 2: 2020

    • Full-video episodes of interviews with scientists started in January 2020.
      • Robert Nowack discusses seismic waves, sounds of Earthquakes, resonant frequencies, Richter scale, the “bell” of the Earth, and cultural noise. Video, Worksheet
      • Andy Freed explains moon craters, computer modeling, the heat still present in the core of the Moon, moonquakes, tectonics on the moon, and tracing the origin of all elements. Video, Worksheet.
      • Michelle Thompson discusses organic materials on asteroids and comets, airless planets, how we know a rock is or is not a meteor, asteroids, comets, using an Electron microscope, Earth’s new moon, and making them tell you no. VideoWorksheet.
      • Grey Nearing discusses applications of, variables in, and who uses hydrology models. VideoWorksheet

      • Andy Najafiarab discusses the Kentland impact site, building roads, landfills, leachate, karst, and sinkholes. VideoWorksheet 
      • Michael Baldwin explains weather forecasting, Models, El Nino, La Nina, and careers in meteorology. VideoWorksheet 
      • Betsy Parkinson discusses Streptomyces bacteria, why bacteria excrete antibodies, the difference between bacteria and viruses, and the advantage of getting antibiotics from bacteria.  VideoWorksheet
      • Jani Sparks talks about what it is like to analyze samples for Professors at the Purdue Stable Isotope Facility. Jani talks about what a stable isotope is and gives examples of common light, stable isotopes that are analyzed at Purdue.  VideoWorksheet, Edpuzzle

 Shared Google folder with guided worksheets for Superheros of Science episodes. 

Submit your science questions to this Google Form or Tweet us your questions @PurdueSOS.

Virtual Tours 

Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

  • Purdue Stable Isotope (PSI) Facility (coming soon!) 
  • Outdoor Rock Display

  • Gold Mine Display (coming soon!)

  • Solar System Display (coming soon!) 

Department of Chemistry

  • Professor Corey Thompson Lab (coming soon!)

 

Additional Resources 

Videos:

Lessons, activities and resources!

 

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