Sunday, August 11, 2013


Dimitri, a former contributer to whymyresearch, has been part of the Compass Project, an organization that supports diversity and community in the sciences at Berkeley. Through Compass, he gave a lecture on his research, aimed at an undergraduate audience. You can watch his talk here."

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Sun

Nicole Duncan discusses the fun of higher education as well as her research on solar flares- the largest explosions in the solar system.  The sun is just a star like so many others, but it is the only star close enough to us that we can see what's happening on the surface.   

Probing the Standard Model with Atomic Physics

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer explains his fundamental research in atomic physics and how it has affected the way that he views the world.  He spends every day searching for sources of error and uncertainty in order to be certain that his statements are correct, and very very precise.  This has made him a careful scientist as well as a great teacher.

Thanks Dimitri!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Quantum Gravity

Professor Sabine Hossenfelder, an Assistant professor at Nordita in Stockholm, Sweden, explains her work in Quantum Gravity.  Her website is here.  Thanks Professor Hossenfelder!

Letter to Congress

Sign this.

Budget cuts... here we come.  The plan is to "reduce the federal support of science by 9 percent, a reduction of more than $15 billion at a time when other countries are prioritizing scientific investment."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Merideth Fray: Pushing the Limits of MRI

Merideth Fray, a phD student at Yale University explains her research in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  She talks about how the MRI's that we get at the doctors office work on our soft tissue, and explains steps she is taking to extend this neat imaging technique to solid samples- like bones and cell membranes.

Thanks Merideth!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Plan

Contribute and follow!  Here is the plan...

Step 1:  Get young researchers interested, excited and contributing
Step 2:  Raise money to hire an advertising company to make wonderful ads about the beauty and importance of basic science.  I will ask donations from people and companies who like and depend on it.
Step 3:  Post the short adverts online and pay to air them on American TV- news chanels, home and garden, MTV and children's stations. Everyone is the audience.