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Do Now #6: The Road to Nobel

| October 14, 2011 | 42 Comments
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Do Now

If you were to choose a career in science, what would you study? What would you hope to discover?

Intro

Saul Perlmutter, a physics professor at UC Berkeley and senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, was one of three scientists recently awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics. He led the Supernova Cosmology Project that, in 1998, discovered that galaxies are moving away from one another faster now than they were billions of years ago — meaning that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. The cause of this expansion? Dark energy, which makes up about 73% of the universe. His dedication to his work and research as he deepens his knowledge of physics and the universe has lead him to such great achievement.

Resource

QUEST segment Berkeley Lab Physicist Shares Nobel
Meet one of the three winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Lawrence Berkeley Lab astrophysicist Saul Perlmutter. He explains how dark energy, which makes up 70 percent of the universe, is causing our universe to expand.


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More Resources for Follow-up Lessons

QUEST segment Test Tube Baby Nobel Prize
The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was given to Dr. Robert Edwards for his work on in vitro fertilization (IVF). Basically, he pioneered the fertilization of human eggs with sperm in a Petri dish.

QUEST segment UCSF Researcher Wins Nobel Prize
Elizabeth Blackburn, a professor of biology and physiology at the University of California-San Francisco, on Monday was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak for solving the mystery of how chromosomes protect themselves from degrading when cells divide. Blackburn was featured in this December QUEST radio report about the aging of HIV patients.

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Andrea is the Science Education Manager for KQED. She joined KQED in 2007 to coordinate education and outreach for the public television series Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures. Between working on Ocean Adventures and joining the QUEST team, she developed the educational resources for the 4-hour documentary Saving the Bay. Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Environmental Science and earned her M.A. in Teaching and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of San Francisco. Before arriving at KQED, she taught, developed, and managed marine science and environmental education programs in Aspen, Catalina Island and the Bay Area.
  • Zoenoel Cruz

    I would choose to be an astronomer and would study astrophysics. I would hope to discover extraterrestrial life.

  • Zoenoel Cruz

    I would choose to be an astronomer and would study astrophysics. I would hope to discover extraterrestrial life.

  • William

    If I were to study science, I would become a neurologist and would hope to discover a cure for cancer.

  • William

    If I were to study science, I would become a neurologist and would hope to discover a cure for cancer.

  • Austin Perez

    I would choose a career in Nutritional Science, synonymous with Physiology. I’ll discover the key to long life!

  • Austin Perez

    I would choose a career in Nutritional Science, synonymous with Physiology. I’ll discover the key to long life!

  • Tommy Quach

    I would study biology. I would want to discover new law and theories.

  • Tommy Quach

    I would study biology. I would want to discover new law and theories.

  • Randy Mai

    I don’t like any kind of science career but if I were to choose one it would be studying medicine cause my dad wants me to.

  • Randy Mai

    I don’t like any kind of science career but if I were to choose one it would be studying medicine cause my dad wants me to.

  • Ariana Menis

    A career I would choose is forensic science & i wud study biology.

  • Ariana Menis

    A career I would choose is forensic science & i wud study biology.

  • Japhet Sabucdalao

    I would study paramedics because I think I like to be in pressure therefore it would fit me.

  • Japhet Sabucdalao

    I would study paramedics because I think I like to be in pressure therefore it would fit me.

  • Nikko Maraya

    I would choose to be in the forensic science pathway. It seems very interesting. And i also watch alot of csi. Haha

  • Nikko Maraya

    I would choose to be in the forensic science pathway. It seems very interesting. And i also watch alot of csi. Haha

  • Stephanie Sun

    I would choose to become a chemist in science, because i find it the most interesting. I not sure what i want to discover.

  • Stephanie Sun

    I would choose to become a chemist in science, because i find it the most interesting. I not sure what i want to discover.

  • Kaname Kashihara

    I would choose to study Nanotechnology because being able to using nanobots to create things would be efficient.

  • Kaname Kashihara

    I would choose to study Nanotechnology because being able to using nanobots to create things would be efficient.

  • Samantha Corrales

    I would like to study marine biology because i like fishies.

  • Samantha Corrales

    I would like to study marine biology because i like fishies.

  • Juan Amaya

    I would like to study space and the stars.

  • Juan Amaya

    I would like to study space and the stars.

  • Gaia Schilling

    I Want To Discover A Time Machines! So I Can Go Back In Time And To Go To Thee Future ! :)

  • Gaia Schilling

    I Want To Discover A Time Machines! So I Can Go Back In Time And To Go To Thee Future ! :)

  • Natalie Guarini

    I want to be a zoologist so I can have fun studying animals! :D

  • Natalie Guarini

    I want to be a zoologist so I can have fun studying animals! :D

  • Aidan Povlsen

    I want to be a biologist and i would like to descover an new animal.

  • Aidan Povlsen

    I want to be a biologist and i would like to descover an new animal.

  • Marisa Ruiz

    I love animals, so I’d probably be a zoologist.

  • Marisa Ruiz

    I love animals, so I’d probably be a zoologist.

  • Lilian

    I would like to be pharmacist.

  • Lilian

    I would like to be pharmacist.

  • Jonathan

    I would be a nurse or doctor to tend to people who are sick because you can’t replace a life.

  • Jonathan

    I would be a nurse or doctor to tend to people who are sick because you can’t replace a life.

  • Hector Sanchez

    If i was to choose a career in a science field i would choose to be a rocket scientist.

  • Hector Sanchez

    If i was to choose a career in a science field i would choose to be a rocket scientist.

  • Jones

    If I were to study it would be astrology. I’m interested in that type an bio too.

  • Jones

    If I were to study it would be astrology. I’m interested in that type an bio too.

  • Alicia Marie

    I kind of like science and also love animals that’s just me.

  • Alicia Marie

    I kind of like science and also love animals that’s just me.