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Lehigh MSE faculty and staff display their talents in PBS series

PBS has produced a NOVA series, Treasures of the Earth, in which professors Helen Chan, Rick Vinci, and SEM manager Bill Mushock played advisory roles as well as on-air talent.

Treasures of the Earth – Gems aired nationally on November 2, in which Vinci and Mushock made an appearance. The show is about precious gems such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, and jade. Each is made from a specific and often “torturous” recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat, and the show explores the secrets to their sparkle, color, and strength. Watch the PBS preview of Gems. The full episode of Gems is also available for viewing online.

Treasures of the Earth – Metals aired nationally on November 9, in which Chan and Vinci made appearances. The show is about metals such as gold, copper, and steel, investigating their special properties that have reshaped societies, defined eras, and ushered humanity from the Stone Age to today. Watch the PBS preview of Metals. The full episode of Metals is also available for viewing online.

Treasures of the Earth – Power aired nationally on November 16, in which Vinci contributed as a science advisor. The show explores the fossil fuels that power our world — coal, oil, and natural gas — and the secrets locked in their molecules regarding where the energy comes from and how we can find alternative energy resources that come in a cleaner form. Watch the PBS preview of Power. The full episode of Power is also available for viewing online.

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