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NASA Invites U of I Graduate to Appear on Tumblr Answer Time

May 20, 2021

MOSCOW, Idaho — May 20, 2021 — A recent University of Idaho graduate will be the first non-NASA employee to be featured on NASA’s Tumblr Answer Time.

In a broadcast expected to reach 1.3 million viewers, Hannah Johnson, a 2021 chemical engineering graduate from Coeur d’Alene, will answer questions relating to her experience with NASA’s Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS) program, building research payloads focusing on bacteria resistance in space.

The scientific question-and-answer segment will be hosted on NASA’s Tumblr account 9-10 a.m. Pacific time Thursday, June 3. Questions for Johnson to answer during the segment can be submitted through Friday at nasa.tumblr.com/ask.

Johnson is part of a U of I student team, one of five selected nationwide to participate in the SPOCS program. The team spent the past semester researching how microgravity impacts the efficacy of polymers known to resist bacteria on Earth. Their experiment tests polymer coatings on an aluminum substrate used in the handles astronauts use to move through the International Space Station (ISS) and to hold themselves in place while they work.

In December, the U of I experiment will fly to the ISS and remain undisturbed for 30 days before returning to Earth.

For more information on the team's research, visit uidaho.edu/nasa-spocs.

Media note:Hannah Johnson is available for interview. Her contact information is available upon request. Email alexisst@uidaho.edu.

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University of Idaho chemical engineering graduate Hannah Johnson works with the device she and a U of I student team will be sending to the International Space Station in December to study the effects of microgravity on bacteria-resistent polymers. Photo Credit: Joe Pallen, U of I Photo Services

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