With current financial constraints at federal and local levels, difficult research funding choices are being made. However, there is no venue for the public to learn about ongoing scientific research and its purpose. Now is a crucial time to build this venue and communicate why what scientists do is important, relevant, and exciting.
Why-Sci seeks to fulfill this need in a simple and engaging manner.
Why-Sci is your online connection designed to open an avenue of dialog between non-scientists and scientists, to provide an approachable source of information about ongoing research, and for scientists to gain public communication experience and share their knowledge.
On Why-Sci, you will find a rotating and expanding collection of “snippets” written by scientists for non-scientists. “Snippets” are the currency of Why-Sci and are short and sweet descriptions of the what, how, and why of a research project accompanied by a single image. Each snippet also includes the scientist’s homepage and e-mail, so if your interest is piqued, feel free to read more on the scientist’s homepage or e-mail him or her with a question!
If you’re interested in learning about current scientific research or in publicizing your own research, let Why-Sci be your outlet. Keep an eye out on the Why-Sci Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WhySci) for updates and submission challenges. To submit your research for consideration as a Why-Sci “snippet”, please visit our Submit to Why-Sci
Why-Sci snippets are contributed by individual scientists as general, public information and are not meant to represent the interests of scientists’ funding agencies or sponsoring universities.
Who is Why-Sci?
Well, that’s a good question - Why-Sci is an online forum connecting non-scientists with scientists, and so since you’re here visiting, you’re part of WhySci! Why-Sci also includes all of our contributing scientists and will hopefully include more and more scientists and non-scientists as we grow and evolve.
Behind the scenes:
Laura Berzak Hopkins
Laura is currently a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where her research focuses on inertial confinement fusion. She received her Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from Princeton University in 2010, and from 2010-2011, she held an American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellowship. As a Congressional Science Fellow, she served as a scientific advisor for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad and on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. During her graduate studies, Laura was a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Stewardship Science Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
Andrew Zwicker is the Head of the Science Education Department at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Bard College and a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, developing spectroscopic diagnostics for fusion energy experiments. He was named an “Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor” in 2003 by the Depart of Energy’s Office of Science Undergraduate Research Programs. He and a collaborator won the 2005 Art of Science competition at Princeton University for a photograph entitled “Plasma Table” and he is now a member of the organizing committee for the competition. In 2006, the American Association of Physics Teachers included him in their list of 75 leading contributors to physics education.