Last week I was interviewed by reporter Kitty Bolte of Local Dirt Radio (on kdvs Mondays from 5-6pm), which aired tonight! Check out the full show - I start just after 8:20 and go until around 15:00. The interview starts with my friend and colleague Lauren Camp asking me about a time when my research didn't go according to plan!
I'm making a Punk Rock Science Playlist with some songs about science that I like (not limited to punk rock). Got any suggestions?!
I'm really excited to talk about agriculture, food security, and climate change in California with Sarah Light for the monthly Science Distilled series! Come see us and learn about science and food while drinking beer!
Today's the day! Below are my 12 tweets of my day of science!
You can donate to my campaign for supporting the Earth Science Women's Network here!
Thanks for sharing my day of science with me! I had a blast!
I'm raising money for the Earth Science Women's Network by participating in their day of science on twitter! On July 13, I'll be posting 12 tweets about my life as a scientist. I'm doing a practice run today because I'm helping out doing fieldwork on a tomato farm! Tweets below!
Donate to my campaign here!
I am officially one of the science advisors for The ClimateMusic Project! This project facilitates the creation of music that explicitly represents climate data - creating a visceral experience that communicates the urgency and magnitude of climate change. The compositions are a collaboration with scientists and artists - it's not a direct representation of the data, and it's not purely inspired by the science. The climate data provides constraints for the composer; for example, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations could be represented by the tempo of the piece, and as [CO2] increases, the piece would speed up at a pace set by the data.
I'll be introducing and answering questions about the ClimateMusic project at the UCSC Earth Summit on April 21, 2017.
Check out a clip of Erik Ian Walker's composition below!
Over the past year, I have worked at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), a synchrotron at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. I was helping my fellow postdoc Patricia Fox and my advisor Peter Nico look at the chemical structures of phosphorus and iron from soil from the Ecological Staircase in Mendocino, CA. In preparation of this work, I wanted to understand what the ALS is and how it works. This post describes what I learned!
more info about physics!
Other things that are of interest to me:
-The beam lines are tangential to the storage ring. I haven't really thought of practical applications of tangent lines in awhile, and this illustrates that when things follow the path of a tangent line while exiting an orbit!
As part of the Powerhouse Science Center Communication Fellowship, I developed an activity for discussing how the environment affects nutrition. I had a blast presenting at the "Meet a Scientist" weekend!
The highlight (in my mind) was demonstrating open vs. closed stomata with inflated and deflated inner tubes!
Stomata are pores in plant leaves that let carbon dioxide in (which the plant uses to make sugar) and water out (to cool the plant and bring up nutrients from the soil). The plant can regulate how open vs. closed these pores are, based on it's water status. When the plant has enough water, the stomata puff out like a blown up inner tube, allowing the carbon dioxide and water to move through the pores. When the plant is water-stressed, the pores are deflated, preventing the loss of water to the atmosphere (but also preventing carbon dioxide from entering the plant and turning into sugar).