The Tattooed Physicist is a podcast hosted by Rosa Wallace, a physics student at University of Colorado Denver. This episode: Our Afternoon with Evan, Part II
Evan Shapiro, graduated from the University of Colorado Denver last May with a Physics major and Math minor. Having graduated in his thirties, he went through his undergraduate career as an independent adult. In this episode, Evan turned the interview around and got Rosa’s life story, so if you’ve ever wondered how an artist might become a physicist… well, here you have it! This episode finishes with some good advice from Evan, now that he’s on the other side of his bachelor’s degree.
Rosa and Evan discuss:
- Evan wants to know how I came to physics…
- The physics ladies in my life
- Blowing off my parents because… puberty
- Being punk rock and flying blind through college
- Wandering the globe finding myself
- Following my bliss even when I don’t know what it is
- Physics just falls into place, or, Why I should’ve listened to my mom in the first place
- The autobiography: “Surely, You Should’ve Died, Ms. Wallace”
- Back to Evan’s undergraduate experience…
- How to handle schoolwork, student leadership, research, internships, jobs, and (oh yeah) having a life
- The horror of a misplaced Fall Break
- Doing ALL THE THINGS
- Interning at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Ultimately aiming for sustainable success
- Bringing the human element into the physics: What footprints will you leave?
- Even physicists are suckers for applause…
- Try new things; don’t worry too much about specializing as an undergrad
- Evan’s beautiful chickens
From Rosa: “The Tattooed Physicist podcast series is intended to provide an inclusive view of the profession and practice of science (with a physics focus). Here, science is for everyone, regardless of background or identity, and the podcast will hopefully provide a good-humored but realistic view of the current state of the field. It is my wish that the experiences and views expressed will help inform and guide others taking this path, enlighten those that simply take an interest, and entertain everyone else.”
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