The science portrayed in comic books is fairly diverse. From the metals work that you see in Captain America’s shield and in Thor’s metal hammer and in Wolverine’s claws; to bio-inspired materials, like Spiderman’s web; to magnetic materials and energy materials as manipulated by Magneto.

Suveen Mathaudhu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on how stories behind famous comic book characters can act as an aid in teaching science and engineering to the general public


An earthquake could propagate to a different fault. And so this is a possibility that should be accounted for in models of seismic hazard, and it currently is not.

Gareth Funning, associate professor of earth sciences, on his research that discovered that that earthquakes on thrust faults can spread 10 times farther to a second nearby thrust fault than previously thought


Fire is a very complex phenomenon. We don't know why fire does what it does. In order to protect ourselves, we need to understand fire.

Marko Princevac, associate professor of mechanical engineering, on the importance of research on fire


You are, according to the FBI statistics, more likely to die from faulty furniture, than to be killed by a terrorist. You are more likely, in this country, to be shot by a toddler than killed by a terrorist. However, we cannot dismiss this fear by calling it irrational; we must recognize it and we must confront it.

Reza Aslan, professor of creative writing, from his lecture entitled 'Islam and ISIS' at the University of Notre Dame on the topics of religion and violent extremism


Carmen Galdames has always been very helpful to me when I was at the (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) herbarium. It is an honor for us to acknowledge her in this manner.

Helen Kennedy, herbarium research associate, on the Calathea galdamesiana, a new ground-flowering plant in Panama that she co-founded and named after Carmen Galdames, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's herbarium assistant


Our work with Y. lipolytica is a good example of how the CRISPR-Cas9 system is facilitating research in organisms that are biologically interesting but historically difficult to work with.

Ian Wheeldon, assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, on his research adapting the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system for use in a yeast strain that can produce useful lipids and polymers


In the case of the Asian-American population, it is predominantly foreign born. They haven't had as much experience in the U.S. political system. There's a lot that can be done by outreaching to them and doing voter education. Asian-Americans are about one in every 10 voters and in many of these ballot propositions, the margin of victory is much smaller than that.

Karthick Ramakrishnan, professor of political science and public policy, on California politics in relation to Asian-American voters


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