An Introduction to Your Host

Welcome to “Common Science” your Chapelboro home for discussions of science and how it impacts our lives here in our community.  My name is Jeff Danner, I am a Ph.D. Chemical Engineer (sorry no pocket protector) and have been a resident of Chapelboro now for 11 years.  I am 45 years old, married, have two children work in Research Triangle Park.  My career has allowed me to design equipment to make powdered milk in Denmark, to produce catalysts in Germany, to implement process improvements to make better fiberglass in Japan, to conduct experiments at the top of a 440 ft distillation tower in Houston, and now to work for a biotech company in RTP. While my education and professional experience provide me with the background for this blog, the real basis is a lifetime of conversations around the breakfast table, at cocktail parties, and over family holidays.  From several decades of these discussions I have learned that people are universally fascinated by science and technology but are just as consistent in their memories of how much they hated their high school chemistry and physics classes.  My experiences were far more positive, though I will admit were certainly atypical. Both my high school chemistry and physics teachers were women.  My chemistry teacher used to jog home and let me drive her car home from school and my physics teacher was...

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