Learn from the Greats through Conversations with a Scientist

What do submarines, blood flow, and wind farms have in common? They’ve all benefitted from scientific research by Dr. John Dabiri, who studies jellyfish, of all things! Dr. Dabiri, a researcher at the California Institute of Technology, studies the way jellyfish move through the water. His findings in fluid dynamics and propulsion help design more streamlined submarines for the Navy, more efficient windmills for renewable energy, and solve problems to do with the human cardiovascular system. Watch the video about Dr. Dabiri’s research here, part of a new series by Science NetLinks called Conversations with a Scientist.

Another Conversations with a Scientist video features Dr. Michael Brown, an astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, who helped discover notable, planet-like objects in our solar system beyond Pluto. One of these objects—named Eris, after the Greek goddess of chaos and discord—is larger than Pluto, which sparked the heated scientific debate about whether Pluto should in fact be considered a planet, despite there being potentially many undiscovered, larger objects orbiting the sun. As a result of Dr. Brown’s discovery, Pluto was famously demoted to “dwarf planet” status in the scientific community.

To learn more about professional scientists and their careers, check out our What Do Scientists Do? lesson (grades 6–8)) and the Secret Life of Engineers and Scientists tool (grades 6–12). Then learn about women scientists in medicine (lesson for grades 9–12) and biology (tool for grades 6–12), African American scientists (lesson for grades 6–8), and Latino/a scientists as well (featuring links to external resources).

If you enjoy Conversations with a Scientist, keep an eye out for lessons and other educational resources relating to these videos, coming soon!

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