Two Princeton chemists, Christin Monroe and Quinn Gibson, were featured in radio interviews with These Vibes are Too Cosmic, a weekly show on WPRB 103.3 FM that offers a combination of music and science communication.
Aimed at a non-specialist audience, Monroe, a fifth-year graduate student in the Groves lab, described her research on the mechanisms of enzymes and how they might be used as environmentally friendly substitutes in chemical reactions. She is passionate about science outreach and volunteers as an ACS Science Coach and for Students2Science, a program that gives middle and high school students the opportunity to learn in an active research lab environment. Monroe also spoke about a developmental STEM outreach program that she is chairing this fall with the Princeton chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Council of Science and Technology at Princeton University.
In another interview, Gibson, a recent PhD graduate in the Cava lab, discussed his work in solid-state chemistry and how he makes and characterizes new materials. His research focuses in particular on investigating topological insulators, which exhibit special electronic properties and could lead to very interesting applications. The show also featured his original music and the stories behind the songs.
Stevie Bergman and Brian Kraus, physics graduate students at Princeton, host the radio show which airs Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm. Researchers with ideas for interviewees or science topics are invited to contact the hosts via email. For the latest from These Vibes are Too Cosmic, be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.