Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2021
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2021; Virtual; Time Zone: Central Daylight Time, USA
Session S62: Physics for Everyone
11:30 AM–2:30 PM,
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Sponsoring Unit: DMP
Chair: Vivien Zapf, Los Alamos Natl Lab
Abstract: S62.00004 : The Physics of NASCAR: Using Motorsports to Introduce Materials Physics and Physicists
1:18 PM–1:54 PM
Given the increasing number of people skeptical about (or actively rejecting) science, it is incumbent upon scientists to reach out to the public. It’s a challenge working with audiences who are ambivalent about science, much less those who start with a negative attitude toward it. Drawing on my decade+ experience using science to engage NASCAR fans via television, books, blogs and SiriusXM Satellite radio, I'll share ideas for reaching these underserved audiences. I’ve used NASCAR to talk about everything from Kevlar and Nomex to the Second Law of Thermodynamics. I conclude that the most important impact of outreach may not be the knowledge per se, but exposing people to scientists and how science is done.
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