#30 – Working for NASA, Martin Luther King and The Edge of The Universe

Written by The Natural High

In this episode of The Natural High Club I speak to astrophysicist and NASA superstar Steve Howell.

He’s got so much going on in his life that I thought it best to let him describe it:

Dr. Steve B. Howell is currently a senior research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He was formerly the head of the Space Science and Astrobiology Division and the project scientist for NASA’s premier exoplanet finding missions: Kepler and K2.

Steve received his PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam and has worked in many aspects of astronomy including pioneering the use of charge-coupled devices (CCDs) in astronomy, building new technology instruments for ground and space-based telescopes, university teaching and research, and public outreach and education. Howell is also involved in informal and formal scientific education for kids to adults including his participation in SuperChefs, a non-profit organization teaching food science and healthy eating to young adults. Dr. Howell has written over 800 scientific publications, numerous popular and technical articles, and has authored and edited ten books on astronomy and astronomical instrumentation. Combining the latest scientific discoveries about exoplanets, fundamental physics principles, and modern food chemistry, Steve and collaborator Bill Yosses (former White House chef) have developed a series of educational and highly entertaining scientific and public outreach presentations on the physics of food and healthy eating as well as incorporating them into the classes at the Harvard cooking school and the Los Angeles Unified School District. In early 2020, Steve and Grammy award winning musician Henri Scars Struck debuted their exoplanet-related music installation, Beyond Me, in New York City. Howell has edited and written two science fiction books related to exoplanets and space travel. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his partner Sally and enjoys scientific challenges, the great outdoors, vegetarian gourmet cooking, and playing blues music. And yes, he still considers Pluto to be a planet.

Dr. Steve Howell

Find out more about Steve here

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


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