Why-Sci seeks to fulfill this need in a simple and engaging manner.
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!
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.
Constance is currently a rising sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University, studying writing seminars and English. She graduated from Freehold High School in 2012 as a student in the Medical Sciences Learning Center. As part of the program, she performed a year-long research study investigating more efficient enzymes for the process of deinking and recycling paper, which was presented at the 2012 Monmouth Junior Science Symposium poster session. In 2011, she received the Society of Women Engineers Certificate of Merit. Although she is currently pursuing degrees in the humanities, she continues to harbor an interest in the sciences.