"We always have pickles for backup."

Written by Paul Sutter on Monday, 23 May 2016. Posted in From The Desk of...The Chief Scientist

A couple weeks ago Joe Wood (Manager of Audience Development at COSI, and overall swell dude) stopped me in the hallway. Lots of people stop me in the hallway, but this encounter stood out. In our brief chat we talked about barbecue. Turns out, Joe's kind of an expert. A few discussions later and a new idea was born: Joe knows about barbecue, and I know about physics. Maybe we could talk to people about both...at the same time?

Which led to a very...well, unique set of emails. The latest developments concerned possible ways to electrocute brined pork chops (they need to be brined to better carry an electrical current, by the way). But if we couldn't do pork chops, at least we have pickles. Phew. And so, at the next COSI After Dark, Joe and I will be sharing the Gadgets Stage to talk about the science behind barbecue, and probably do some very violent things to food.

It's collaborations like this that make me a very contented person, and if you ever have an idea, remember two things:

- Feel free to stop me or shoot me an email, anytime.
- If you think it's crazy and I won't be interested, think again.

About the Author

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter

Paul Sutter is COSI's Chief Scientist. He is an astrophysicist and offers a wealth of knowledge about our universe. In addition to his COSI position, Paul Sutter is a Cosmological Researcher and Community Outreach Coordinator at The Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP).