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Texas has a lot of space: And Houston got the best part

NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Students who go into physics are often most interested in its connections to astronomy.  And when presented with an opportunity to visit Johnson Space Center, they don’t need much convincing to embark on a good old-fashioned road trip.  Kali Shoaf is one such student and she stops by to chat with me about the highlights of our recent four-day excursion down Houston-way with 20 other students, one other faculty member and a dog named Boo (included under poetic license).

Dr. David Cornelison has been working as an educator and scientist in Arizona and Missouri universities for the last 32 years. From 2010-2018, he was the head of the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University. His research interests lie at the intersection of experimental condensed-matter physics and astrophysics, while his educational efforts have focused on outreach to the K-12 school system. Most of all, he believes in curiosity-driven learning in the sciences and all other fields.