Physics Professor Joins ScienceMatters Hall of Fame

Physics Professor Joins ScienceMatters Hall of Fame

Georgia Tech's Elisabetta "Sabetta" Matsumoto is the winner of the ScienceMatters Episode 9 quiz. An assistant professor in the School pf Physics, Matsumoto is our first winner from among the Georgia Tech faculty. 

Matsumoto walks to work and back, and she enjoys running in Piedmont Park. "That's usually when I listen to podcasts," she says. She says she has listened to about six episodes of ScienceMatters. "I really enjoy getting to see work of my friends and colleagues getting publicized." 

Matsumoto joined Georgia Tech in 2016. Her research centers around the relationship between geometry and material properties in soft systems, including liquid crystals, 3D printing, and textiles. She uses techniques from differential geometry and geometric topology to develop a mathematical underpinning for these materials. She is also interested in using knitting, sewing, 3D printing, and virtual reality in mathematical art and education.

The Episode 9 quiz question: What group of people can’t tell the difference between a coffee cup and a donut?

The answer: topologists.

Episode 10 of ScienceMatters is out this week. "Chasing Cancer with Gold" stars Mostafa El-Sayed, professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

If you would like to join the ScienceMatters Hall of Fame, enter the answer to this question: What is the name of Mostafa El Sayed’s son who is also his collaborator in cancer research?

Submit your answer by 11 a.m. Monday, October 29, at sciencematters.gatech.edu..

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