Hi everyone. My name is Zach Newman. I'm a graduate student studying atomic physics (home dept. Optical Sciences) at the University of Arizona in sunny Tucson, Arizona.
My lab studies small clouds of Rubidium atoms which have been cooled to temperatures on the order of ~10 nanoKelvin (which is very, very cold)! At this temperature, the Rubidium atoms no longer behave as an ideal gas, like the air in the room you're sitting in; instead, they undergo a phase transition and behave as a single superfluid body, which can be understood using the laws of quantum mechanics. Some of you may know that I am talking about a Bose-Einstein condensate. More specifically we study the rotational properties of these relatively large (at least when compared to the size of atoms and molecules) quantum mechanical systems.
In order to study these atoms, our lab uses tools and techniques which are well know and common in atomic physics experiments, but probably not so well know outside of this discipline. Many of these techniques involve lasers and electronics.
So...why am I mentioning all this? Well, It's because I'm very interested in teaching and getting people involved in science. Since I'm most familiar with optics, laser physics and atomic physics I'm hoping I'll be able to share some ideas about those subjects with you. In addition, I hope to share Sophia with some of my friends at school who may be able to share some of their knowledge as well!
I'm very excited about contributing Sophia; I think it has great potential and could become a very powerful learning tool. And I'm excited about learning many new things from you as well.
Bill Nye is a man with a mission: to foster a scientifically literate society by helping people everywhere understand and appreciate the science that makes our world work. Nye has spent the past 20 years educating students young and old about science and understands the importance of keeping minds active after the last school bell rings. “Learning can happen anywhere and at anytime – the important thing is that it should never stop,” Nye said. “We’ve put together fun, free and easy activities that will make this the summer of learning versus the summer filled with the dreaded words ‘I’m bored.’ ” AN EARLY KNACK FOR HOW THINGS WORK Making science entertaining and accessible is something Bill has done most of his life. Growing up in Washington, D.C., he spent afternoons and summers de-mystifying math for his classmates. While working for Boeing in Seattle, Bill combined his love of science with his flair for comedy. After winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, he became an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. Eventually, Bill made the transition to comedy writer and performer on Seattle’s home-grown ensemble comedy show “Almost Live.” This is where “Bill Nye the Science Guy®” was born. The 18-time Emmy Award-winning show appeared before Saturday Night Live and later on Comedy Central. During this time, he also wrote five kids’ books about science, including his latest title, “Bill Nye’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs.” BROADENING HIS MISSION Bill’s passion for math and science translated into a love of space. His role as CEO of The Planetary Society, the world’s large space interest organization, has taken him across the globe. And one thing Bill is very proud of is the MarsDials, two sundials on residing on Mars he created with Cornell scientists. America’s favorite stand-up scientist hasn’t changed much from that kid growing up in Washington, DC. He still rides his bike to work. He’ll pull out his Periodic Table of the Elements from his wallet. And his drive for helping others understand science is as strong as ever.
My name is Maria, I am from Saudi Arabia. I go to Manarat Al-Sharqia International School. I love sciences in general, but my favorite would probably be biology. I love arts as well, not too good but hopefully on the way. I love to go out and have fun, it doesn't matter where I am as long as its with my friends or family so I'll have fun. I would probably be called as a "familiy's kinda girl" since I love spending time with them. ...I think thats about as good as I can describe myself ;).