Balticon 41.48 – Interview with Dr. John Cmarr and Laura Burns

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Dr. John Cmarr and Laura Burns

  • He’s an infectious disease specialist and MD. She’s a rocket scientist. Together they’re The Power Couple of Science
  • Laura works on the James Webb Space Telescope: launching 2013
  • Our opinions are our own
  • From an intellectual perspective, infectious diseases are cool
  • Laura doesn’t want John to bring his work home
  • She can’t bring her work home either, it’s the size of a football field
  • Lego model of JWST
  • The life size mock up of the JWST
  • You can’t service this telescope
  • It’s at the L2 Lagrangian point, 1 million miles from the earth
  • No R2-D2 to make repairs while it’s in service
  • The video of the JWST unfolding – Rocket Science Origami
  • 6.5 meter main mirror
  • The schizophrenic interview, switching back to John
  • No Lego models of diseases
  • John talks about his daily work
  • AIDS, drug resistant bacteria, overuse of antibiotics
  • PROMO: Serve It Cold
  • PROMO: World Fantasy Con 2008 Podcast
  • The current thinking on anti-bacterial soap and other products
  • Bottom line: wash your hands
  • Some bacteria have adapted to live in anti-bacterial solutions
  • Laura’s person pet peeve about how people deal with virus outbreaks
  • CDC has official hand washing guidelines
  • Diseases we have gotten at work: Norovirus and Whooping Cough
  • Using bleach can transfer organisms into the bleach source, so treat it as a single use item
  • Back to talking about Space!
  • Would you go to space if you could?
  • Laura always wanted to work in the field of space
  • Hubble pictures disappear faster than free cookies at Balticon
  • Laura is working in China this summer. International Space University Summer Session.
  • She’s blogging about it
  • It’s not just science, it’s also politics
  • scifilaura.blogspot.com
  • www.jwst.nasa.gov
  • www.saintnickanuck.com