Mathematicians Could Help In Gerrymandering Legal Cases

•August 19, 2017 • 1 Comment

Legal fights over racial and partisan gerrymandering are intensifying and mathematicians think they can help. Specialists in geometry are training to become expert witnesses in redistricting cases around the country.

My story aired this week on NPR’s All Things Considered.

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What will we learn from this year’s solar eclipse?

•August 15, 2017 • Leave a Comment

In less than a week — on Monday, August 21 — an eclipse will race from Oregon to South Carolina, plunging a narrow strip of America into darkness. Total solar eclipses are notable for what they hide: the face of the Sun. But over the centuries, they’ve also been remarkable for what they’ve revealed to us.

My radio story aired today on PRI’s The World.

Front row seat to Saturn

•May 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

For almost 13 years, the spacecraft Cassini has been in the Saturn system, documenting the planet and its moons. Cassini’s days are numbered — on 15 September, it will be sent hurtling towards Saturn. But just because it’s running out of fuel doesn’t mean it’s running out of fire. Cassini has a lot more science to do in its final, riskiest chapter.

I made a web video on the subject for PBS NOVA and I was interviewed about it on PRI’s The World (see below for both). Also, here’s an article my colleague at NOVA, Allison Eck, wrote on the subject.

Syrian refugee kids find success in school. They’re the lucky ones.

•March 14, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Lebanon’s public education system can’t cope with hundreds of thousands of extra Syrian refugee kids. So nonprofit groups are trying to fill the gaps.

My radio story aired on PRI’s The World.

A Scientist Walks into a Bar, Twice

•February 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

An astrophysicist must explain her work so two comedians can understand it. Here are two of my latest videos for PBS NOVA:

Using Quantum Physics to Prevent Voter Fraud

•November 3, 2016 • 2 Comments

There’s a way to make your vote incredibly secure this election season — all thanks to quantum mechanics. Check out my latest video for NOVA.

A remembrance: Glaciologist Gordon Hamilton

•October 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Climate scientist Gordon Hamilton died in Antarctica over the weekend when his snowmobile plunged into a deep glacial crevasse. His research at the poles focused on the relationship between melting ice sheets and rising sea levels.

My remembrance of Gordon aired today on PRI’s The World.

 
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