Posts Tagged ‘Paul Drake’

Professor R. Paul Drake won the Teller Medal

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

R. Paul Drake, Professor of Space Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor has won the the 2017 American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division’s Teller Medal. This medal is given for his seminal work in radiation hydrodynamics and laser-plasma interactions, and for educational contributions, advancing fundamental high-energy-density physics and its applications to astrophysics.  The medal recognizes pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research and for controlled thermonuclear fusion.

Read our interview with Professor Drake here.

 

Actress-Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik on the Need for Science Education

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

At Take Part, Blossom and Big Bang Theory actress (and neuroscientist) Mayim Bialik talks about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

Read the interview here.

Related: our interview with scientist R. Paul Drake on Entrepreneurial Research Science.

Interview with Paul Drake

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

R. Paul Drake is the Henry S. Carhart Collegiate Professor of Space Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has worked as a research physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and had visiting professorships at universities around the United States. He was featured in the BBC’s documentary Hyperspace (2001) and the Discovery Channel’s How the Universe Works (2009). Currently, Dr. Drake is also Director of Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics at the University of Michigan.

Kaizen: How did you become interested in science as a kid?

Drake: I am not sure. I have been interested in how things worked and in doing things connected with understanding and assembling things as long as I can remember. I remember avidly playing with an Erector set, the mechanical precursor of LEGOs. And I remember doing things with a chemistry set at ages when I don’t have a lot of other memories; so for me, it was those kinds of things were interesting to me from the start. Some people have an experience where they get turned on to something that becomes their future. I don’t have that in my background.

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