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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
      • Chris Andronicos discusses the geology of Oman, studying rocks at archaeology sites, copper-aluminum alloys that should not exist, outcrops, and petrographic microscope, and Brunton compass.  Video, Worksheet
      • Dan Chavas explains Global Climate Models, weather, climate, planetary sciences and communicating research. 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
      • Jeffrey Lucas researches animal communication and explains the complexity of vocal cords and social systems. VideoWorksheet
      • Caroline Kostak, Spacesuit Systems Engineer discusses designing a Moonsuit & Lunar Gateway.  VideoWorksheet  
      • Angeline Lyon, Professor of Biochemistry, researches enzymes needed to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system.  VideoWorksheet  

 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  
    • The Purdue Stable Isotope Facility houses 4 isotope ratio mass spectrometers (IRMS), each accompanied by peripheral devices for conversion of various compounds into analyzable gases. We also operate some standalone instrumentation for both concentration and isotopic analysis.
  • Outdoor Rock Display 

    • Immerse yourself in the middle of our outdoor Rock Display in this virtual reality experience. Currently, we have some of the rock samples labeled such as the petrified wood, Fossilized Ripples, Conglomerate rock from Prophet's Rock area, Fossiliferous limestone from IMI Swayzee Quarry. Other samples will be labeled sometime soon.

  • Gold Mine Display 

    • A working draft of the Gold Mine Display is up! We will be updating it with more photos and descriptions. 
  • Solar System Display 

    • A draft of the Solar System display is scene 2 of the Purdue EAPS Hallway Displays. 

Department of Chemistry

  • Professor Corey Thompson Lab 
    • A 360 virtual tour of Professor Corey Thompson's lab. Corey is a solid-state, inorganic chemist. His tour includes 4 different lab scenes and a total of 20 “hot spot” still pictures with descriptions.


Additional Resources 


Lessons, activities and resources!


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