1. Physics & Physical Oceanography at Memorial University of Newfoundland

  2. Chemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Kristin Poduska
Professor
Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador
Experimental Materials Physics & Chemistry

decoding the past      and      directing the future     

Science advocacy

For everyone

  • I volunteer with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law program in affiliation with their On-Call Scientists initiative. View a webinar I moderated about Science and Climate Change Litigation: A Dialog with Experts and Advocates
  • Soapbox Science is a novel, international public outreach platform for promoting women scientists and the science they do. My Soapbox Science 2020 St. John's talk is available on Youtube.
  • The Signal Hill Science Show was a series of chats with scientists, professors and researchers about fun and fascinating things about the world around us, presented by Memorial’s Johnson Geo Centre, the Faculty of Science at the Emera Innovation Exchange.
  • How physics helps to simulate a search for life on Mars
    As part of the 2020 Canadian Association of Physicists Lecture Tour, I talked to public audiences, high school classes, and undergraduate physics students about how infrared and visible light help track down minerals that could be associated with robust microbial life.
  • Shark skin, butterfly wings, and lotus leaves: the physics of water on rough surfaces
    As part of the 2017 Canadian Association of Physicists Lecture Tour, I talked to public audiences and undergraduate physics students about how physics can be used to understand and create water-repellent surfaces.
  • The Nuclear Future: Can We Make It Safe?
    Visiting speaker Prof. David Shoesmith talked about the science, geology, and public perception of nuclear waste disposal.
  • 10 things you should know before (radiocarbon) dating
    I talked about radiocarbon dating (in Pecha Kucha style)
  • It's all in the timing
    Visiting speaker Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto talked about radiocarbon dating in archaeology
  • Caffeinating with Chemists
    I and other scientists publicized the International Year of Chemistry
  • Made by human hands?
    Learn how my colleagues and I use infrared spectroscopy to tell the difference between human-made and geologic calcites in archaeological investigations on BBC Radio's The Naked Scientists: Science Radio & Science Podcasts.
  • Spooky actions at a distance?
    Visiting speaker Prof. N. David Mermin talked about the curiosities of quantum mechanics.
  • The cold truth
    I talked on CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks to explain what happens to water that fills up and freezes inside a vessel that will neither expand nor burst.
  • For teachers

  • Eleventh Annual Physics Teacher Workshop
    held in conjunction with the 2011 Canadian Association of Physicists Congress.
  • Bright Ideas: activities with light-emitting diodes for teachers,
    presented at the Third Annual Physics Teacher Workshop
    held in conjunction with the 2003 Canadian Association of Physicists Congress.
  • For students

  • Shad Valley invited speaker, at Memorial University for high school students.
  • Quantum Physics in Your Light Bulb: A Colourful Story
    As part of the 2015 Canadian Association of Physicists Lecture Tour, I talked to undergraduate physics students about the rich physics that underlies LED (light-emitting diode) light bulbs.
  • 2014 International Summer School on Physics at the Nanoscale, Czech Republic for graduate students.
  • Scientific Entrepreneurship for students of science
    funded through the NSERC Regional Opportunities Fund, Memorial University Dean of Science Office
  • Women in Science and Engineering Summer Student Employment Program for girls in high school Grade 11.
  • MUN/Gonzaga High School STEP Co-op program

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