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[Net-Gold] African-American Achievers in Modern Science

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  • David P. Dillard
    Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2006 17:10:40 EST From: BBracey@aol.com Reply-To: Net-Gold@yahoogroups.com To: mlsalumni@iste-listserver.iste.org, Net-Gold@yahoogroups.com,
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      Meet scientists who work with invisible lights, nanomachines, and robots
      that sing songs.
      By Keely Parrack

      February is Black History Month. In celebration of the contributions that
      African-Americans have made to science, we talked to three black scientists who
      are making history today with their groundbreaking work.

      Determination and passion are necessary for success in science, say James
      McLurkin, Martin Culpepper, and Hakeem Oluseyi. As children, they had something
      in common: They loved to figure out how things work. These three men also had
      determination, as well as strong support from their families and from teachers
      who believed in them.

      They have found success by letting their passion for knowledge and their
      love of discovery guide them. For these African-American scientists, making
      history is all in a day's work. James McLurkin, computer scientist

      Meet James McLurkin and his 112 robots. Right now they are running loose.


      Hakeem Oluseyi, astrophysicist

      Hakeem Oluseyi, astrophysicist and professor of physics at the University of
      Alabama in Huntsville, is currently researching the soft X-ray area of the
      sun's atmosphere. "This is one of the most difficult areas to work with because
      of the nature of this light and its interaction with matter," he explains.
      Soft X-ray light is extreme ultraviolet (EUV) light, part of the electromagnetic
      light spectrum that cannot be seen by the naked eye due to its short
      wavelength. Because it's at the extreme end of the light spectrum, it's very difficult
      to detect even with scientific instruments. Dr. Oluseyi has developed a
      special detector that he plans to send in a rocket to the sun. It will be able to
      send back new information about this region of the sun's atmosphere.


      Martin Culpepper, mechanical engineer

      Even when he was a child, Marty Culpepper loved taking things apart. One of
      his grandparents owned a junkyard and another had a garage with a sunken area
      in the floor that was big enough to stand in and work on the family car above.
      From the time he was 4 years old, he often could be found under a car with
      his granddad, figuring out how it worked, or in the junkyard taking things

      Now Dr. Culpepper is figuring out how to make machines that build tiny
      things made up of moving parts as small as atoms and molecules. He calls these
      "super-precise machines," as they need to be able to pick up something as small as
      a molecule and position it precisely into place.

      Balance of article can be read at the above URL.

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