The STEM Read Podcast: Math And Physics Are My Superpowers

Apr 21, 2021

In this episode of the STEM Read Podcast, host Gillian King-Cargile (@gkingcargile) gives you an encore excerpt from one of NIU’s Future Telling Webinars. These free events bring together great minds from the worlds of writing and STEM to explore bleeding-edge research and its impact on our society and our sci-fi. Our guests are author S.L. Huang and physicist Rebecca C. Thompson.

S. L. Huang (@sl_huang) is a Hugo-award winning author who justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. She is the author of The Cas Russell series of sci-fi thrillers from Tor Books, starting with Zero Sum Game, as well as the fantasy Burning Roses. She is also a Hollywood stuntwoman and firearms expert, and the first professional female armorer in the entertainment industry.

Rebecca C. Thompson (@mathlete79) is a physicist and author of the popular Spectra series of comic books about physics. She is Head of the Office of Education and Public Outreach at Fermilab. Prior to working at Fermilab, Thompson was head of public outreach at the American Physical Society. In her book Fire, Ice and Physics: The Science of Game of Thrones, she analyzes fan theories by looking at actual physics and lots of other weird, and sometimes amazingly disgusting science.

The full conversation is posted at go.niu.edu/futuretelling, where you can also watch past events and sign up for future webinars.

The STEM Read podcast is produced in association with WNIJ. Support for the STEM Read podcast comes from NIU STEAM and Northern Illinois University.

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