Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers



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  • Season 1
    • Alan Sage: Vegetarian Scientist
      On this episode f Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers Alan Sage is showcased. He was a recent finalist in Intel's Science Talent search. He also began working his first year as a Yale undergraduate. He research looks into how the root memories in plants may improve the future of Alzheimer treatments, When he's not doing science Alan writes poetry and is a fierce rapper.moreless
    • Emily Whiting: Architectural Engineer
      This episode showcases Emily Whiting. She is currently working toward her Ph.D at MIT. She explores where architecture, computer graphics, and structural engineering intersect. She studies old buildings and then creates animations from those that guide the better creation of new buildings. In her spare time when she's not dealing with concrete and digital work she is a rock climber.moreless
    • Dave Sulzer: Neuroscientist
      A Professor of Neurology & Psychiatry at Columbia, Dave Sulzer studies how different parts of the brain communicate with each other and what impact these processes could have in treating various diseases. An accomplished musician in his own right, Dave conducts the "largest orchestra in the world," the Thai Elephant Orchestra.moreless
    • Science: Theory of Everything
      Michio Kaku tries to explain everything in a one-inch equation.
    • Shaundra Daily: Education Engineer
      Shaundra Daily is a computer scientist and engineer, who earned her Ph.D. at MIT's Media Lab. She designs technologies to help adults and children reflect on their beliefs, values, and attitudes. A former arena football cheerleader and "Golden Girl" at Florida State University, Shaundra continues to pursue her passion for dancing, sometimes with her two daughters.moreless
    • Caryn Babaian: Biology Teacher
      Just like her hero, Leonardo da Vinci, Caryn Babaian loves to combine biology with art. But she isn't the only one who draws in her classroom at Bucks County Community College. She also has her students draw as a way of helping them learn about biology.
    • Allan Adams: Theoretical Physicist
      Allan Adams is a string theorist who teaches Physics at MIT. He studies particle physics, gravity, and everything in between. When not contemplating the universe, Allan can most often be found loving all kinds of waves and piloting glider planes.
    • Len Zon: Cancer Researcher
      As a clinician, Dr. Len Zon treats children with blood disorders and cancer. As a researcher at Harvard Medical School, Zon uses zebra fish as a model organism to find ways to better treat these diseases. As these videos reveal, he's also an impressive trumpet and shofar player.
    • Stephon Alexander: Theoretical Physicist
      Physicist Stephon Alexander, an associate professor at Haverford College, is fascinated by big questions in theoretical cosmology, quantum gravity, and particle physics. He's also an accomplished jazz saxophonist. Learn how a high school physics teacher helped fuel his passion for both science and music.
    • Rachel Collins: Microbiologist
      Rachel Collins is a microbiologist who studies the effectiveness of various antibiotics. She also loves horror movies and black metal music, and she is, in fact, a professional wrestler known as "MsChif." Rachel's wrestling tagline is that she is "your soul's tormenter," and some of her most popular moves include "the Desecrator" and "Obliteration."moreless
    • Jean Berko Gleason: Psycholinguist
      Jean Berko Gleason is a Professor Emerita at Boston University and was one of the founders of the field of psycholinguistics. She created the famous "wug test," which reveals how children learn the rules of language, such as making singular words plural. While now in her 70s, Jean continues to get around town by driving fast in her sports car.moreless
    • Mollie Woodworth: Neuroscientist
      Mollie Woodworth is working toward her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Harvard University. She studies the cerebral cortex of mice to learn about ways to treat humans with brain injuries and diseases. In her spare time, Mollie coaches the MIT cheerleading squad and does quite a lot of cheering herself.
    • Neil deGrasse Tyson
      Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist and the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Nature History. He also collects cosmic-themed neckties and has an amazing cosmic vest.
    • Caroline Moore
      Caroline Moore
      Episode 22
      Caroline Moore is the youngest person to ever discover a supernova. During the day, she goes to high school. She is also an accomplished classical and jazz singer.
    • Trying New Things
      Trying New Things
      Episode 21
      Colin Angle scratches his restless itch on the archery range and beyond.
    • Big Inventions from Small ideas
      Colin Angle builds small robots that yield huge results.
    • Alexandrea Bowman
      Alexandrea Bowman
      Episode 19
      Alexandrea Bowman is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Geology at New York's Queens College. She is also a dancer with the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe.
    • Adrienne Block
      Adrienne Block
      Episode 18
      Adrienne Block is a geologist and is working on her Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. She is also an accomplished, concert-level bassoonist.
    • Monkeynomics
      Episode 17
      Laurie Santos gives some monkeys money and learns what kind of shoppers they are.
    • Pictures of Feet
      Pictures of Feet
      Episode 16
      Laurie Santos looks down, points her camera, and finds a new way to see animals.
    • Erika Ebbel
      Erika Ebbel
      Episode 15
      Erika Ebbel is a biochemist currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Boston University School of Medicine. She was also Miss Massachusetts in 2004 and competed in the Miss America pageant.
    • Gavin Schmidt
      Gavin Schmidt
      Episode 14
      Gavin A. Schmidt is a climatologist and climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He is also a juggler who occasionally plays unicycle hockey.
    • 10 Questions
      10 Questions
      Episode 13
      We ask Joe DeGeorge 10 questions and he tells us to "get real."
    • 30 Second Science
      30 Second Science
      Episode 12
      We give Joe DeGeorge 30 seconds to describe his science and he gets flustered.
    • Simple Explanations/Dick Feynman
      Joe DeGeorge makes up a song about his favorite physicist.
    • Dava Newman
      Dava Newman
      Episode 10
      Dava is an Aeronautics and Engineering Professor at MIT. She is currently working with NASA to develop a new, more efficient spacesuit for future space exploration. Back on earth, Dava explores the world's seas and has sailed around the globe.
    • Colin Angle
      Colin Angle
      Episode 9
      Colin is an engineer and inventor of robots. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of iRobot, which builds robots for home, military, and civil-defense use. He is also a snowboarder, sailor, archer, wrestler, and rock climber. He next hopes to become a dancer.
    • Laurie Santos
      Laurie Santos
      Episode 8
      Laurie is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. She studies monkey behavior to learn more about humans, particularly in the area of economics. She is also a photographer specializing in images of monkey feet.
    • Joe DeGeorge
      Joe DeGeorge
      Episode 7
      Joe DeGeorge is studying Physics at Clark University. He also recently participated in a NASA undergraduate research program at the Goddard Space Flight Center. When not working on his science, Joe tours the country playing wizard rock with his band, Harry and the Potters.
    • Ina Vandebroek
      Ina Vandebroek
      Episode 6
      Ina Vandebroek is an ethnobotanist and Postdoctoral Research Associate at the New York Botanical Garden. She studies how cultures use medicinal plants in both South America and New York City. Ina is also a superb salsa dancer who sometimes forgets to let the man lead.
    • Eran Egozy
      Eran Egozy
      Episode 5
      Eran is an electrical engineer and computer scientist as well as a classical clarinetist. He cofounded the video game company Harmonix Music and helped bring the joy of making music to countless people with "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero."
    • Nate Ball
      Nate Ball
      Episode 4
      His Science: Mechanical Engineer. His Secret: Daredevil.
    • Eva Vertes
      Eva Vertes
      Episode 3
      Eva Verdes is a cancer researcher, medical student, and avid runner. She started her science career as a young teenager, earning a prestigious award for her work as well as the nickname Doogie Howser.
    • Rich Robinson
      Rich Robinson
      Episode 09.10.09
      Rich Robinson is Assistant Professor in Cornell University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. In his lab, he investigates tiny particles that might help solve the world's energy crisis. Outside the lab, he's a photographer, aiming to capture the souls of his subjects.
    • Mark Siddall
      Mark Siddall
      Episode 1
      Mark is Curator and Professor of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History. He travels the world studying leeches. Watch as he shares some his scientific secrets and culinary adventures.