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This month Connect travels from nano to the cosmos.

Nano Revolution

Our all-star line-up features Dr. C. Jeffrey Brinker, UNM Professor in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. On the cutting edge of materials science, Jeffrey is developing nanoscale materials for curing cancer, microelectronics, and energy harvesting. He and his students are building and engineering nanoscale materials to deliver drugs directly to cancer cells, therefore avoiding the collateral damage associated with traditional chemical therapies. Jeff believes that nanoparticles may change the way personalized medicine is delivered in the very near future.

“A nanometer is defined as one billionth of a meter. That is one times ten to the minus nine meters.” – Jeffrey Brinker

Nursing Abroad

UNM nursing student Antoinette Russell volunteered to provide medical services to 2500 Africans near the village of Oyugis, Kenya. She worked in a community-organized clinic started by the Wa Wa Ti women’s group in response to the deaths of their husbands and children due to HIV/AIDS. In this interview Antoinette shares her experiences and how the simplest things made a great difference in the lives of the villagers.

Viewer Question

How do we know a meteorite is from Mars?
This month’s viewer question is answered by Dr. Carl B. Agee, Professor, UNM Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Carl shares something truly rare to our world, a newly acquired Martian meteorite.

Original Airdate: Thursday, February 16 at 7pm on 5.1 NMPBS

January 2012

Jefferson’s Women

CONNECT debuts this month with an all star line-up featuring an interview with historian Professor Virginia Scharff who recently wrote “The Women Jefferson Loved.” Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson constructed a seemingly impenetrable wall between his public legacy and his private life. Virginia Scharff breaks down the barrier between these two spheres to offer an intriguing new portrait of this complicated and influential figure, seen through the lives of the most important people in his life: the women he loved. Dr. Scharff weighs in on the controversial question of whether Jefferson had children with his slaves.

“The Women Jefferson Loved” has been described as “eye-opening” and that it “Opens a window to the heart and soul of one of our nation’s founders.”

Alzheimer’s Research

Dr. Eva Chi shares her groundbreaking research into finding a cure for Alzheimers as she seeks answers for what causes proteins to go bad in the brain.

Viewer Question

Recipient of President Obama’s Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Dr. Yasamin Mostofi looks to future and answers the question of how we get robots to think for themselves.

Original Airdate: Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 pm on KNME Ch. 5.1