49: Kate Plass - Shake and bake

Kate Plass is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College where her lab specializes in the synthesis of nanoparticles, especially those with unique near-infrared optical properties. On this episode of Nanovation, Kate not only discusses her lab’s research but also talks about life at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) like Franklin and Marshall. She explains the basics of PUIs, how they view the world and their place in it, and what opportunities they offer students and faculty relative to more research intensive institutions. Kate and Mike also muse on the importance of stupidity in scientific research and Kate talks about her mentors, hobbies, and tattoos in the lightning round. (Recorded on January 31, 2019. Edited by Andrew Cannon)