Kellen McGee

Host, Exploradio Origins

Kellen McGee is currently pursuing a PhD in nuclear and accelerator physics at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2014.  She’s held a number of research positions, ultimately becoming a research assistant in a biophysics and structural biology lab at Case Western Reserve University. There, the Institute for the Science of Origins instantly became her intellectual home. Central to the ISO’s mission is science communication.

The past few years have highlighted the need for scientists to emerge from the ivory tower and fulfill their half of the social contract-- to go find out cool stuff and then come out and tell people about it. Kellen hopes Exploradio Origins will find people wherever they may be, at work, in their cars, or at home, and welcome them to peer in the windows, with the message that what’s inside—the quest to answer some of humanity’s deepest questions-- belongs to all humans, not just scientists.

Ways to Connect

Bill Dunford / NASA

"Meteorites are delivered to us free of charge," says Ralph Harvey, a professor in the department of Earth, environmental, and planetary science at Case Western Reserve University.

"Yes, they’re delivered randomly. Yes we have to go pick them up in weird places, but the value of them as specimens is not diminished," says Harvey.

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Origins.
What Origins?
Why Origins?

For me, it was a welcome label for the type of curiosity that had driven me to major variously in physics, archaeology, and English in college. I wanted to turn things like the universe, human society, or language inside out and find out where they started and how they evolved. I ultimately wended my way through college as a physicist with an English habit, but, despite the rationalizations I presented to relatives around the Thanksgiving table, I really had no clear idea how, or even if, I’d ever blend these interests later in life.