Katherine Perkins is currently a senior at The Governor’s School. Her mentor at NASA is Dr. Ryan Norman. They will be using models to study how to reduce astronauts’ risk of radiation damage when astronauts are in space. This is especially significant as longer deployments are planned.
Dr. Norman introduced Katherine to his colleague Dr. John Mather who was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2006. He was recognized for his research supporting the Big Bang theory of the universe. Katherine had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Mather for three hours during which they discussed physics and education.