An episode of a television show featuring a University of
Southern Mississippi chemistry professor and his students
has been nominated for an Emmy award.
A. Pojman and student researchers at Southern Miss appeared
on an episode of NASA CONNECT, which was recently nominated
for the 2003 Emmy Awards by the Cleveland Chapter of the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
"Measurement, Ratios and Graphing: Who Added the 'Micro'
to Gravity?" was nominated in the Children/Youth Program
category. This is the ninth Emmy nomination for NASA CONNECT.
are very happy that the show is receiving the credit it richly
deserves," Pojman said.
show featured Pojman and his students in the lab at Southern
Miss, where they work on experiments for the International
Space Station involving polymer science and miscible fluids.
said, "The team at NASA CONNECT did an excellent job
capturing the excitement of microgravity research and what
we try to accomplish in our lab." Although NASA CONNECT
is not carried by any Mississippi stations, the program will
be available on video for teachers and may be viewed online
worked with Dan Woodard, who is with the Physical Science
Research Outreach and Education Department at NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center, on a script that used his lab's microgravity
research and emphasized the work of Pojman's students. In
late October, a film crew traveled to Southern Miss to film
the segment. Pojman said it was a "pretty involved process."
was a lot of fun, but it was a lot of work too," he said.
"You don't realize how much time it takes to film a program
like that. It took three hours for a six-minute segment."
Pojman in the filming was graduate assistant Bill Ainsworth
and students Kaci Leard, Brian Zoltowski and Alford Perryman
Jr. The program emphasized their work and included film of
their microgravity experiments.
said the Southern Miss professor and his crew did a good job
of explaining a complex scientific subject, which is why they
were chosen for the program in the first place. "I checked
with many people about John, including NASA's program manager
for materials science here at the Marshall Space Flight Center,
and the answers always came back the same," Woodard said.
science is of the highest quality. And as an outreach and
education manager, I already knew that he has a great gift
for explaining complex science and is very committed to education.
So, a star is born."