TU researchers, Bridenstine, talk technical about space, plus more collaboration

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine delivers keynote remarks to the Oklahoma Aerospace Forum during a luncheon at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

JIM BECKEL The Oklahoman file

Professor Parameswar Hari’s latest article is titled “Microwave-assisted Fe-doped ZnO nanoparticles for enhancement of silicon solar cell efficiency.”That’s the sort of discussion had Tuesday when Hari and other University of Tulsa researchers and administrators teamed up with NASA Director Jim Bridenstine and U.S. Under Secretary of Energy for Research Paul Dabber for a live and live-streamed round table on space.Much of the conversation was highly technical, involving such things as photovoltaics (converting light into energy), “printing” human organs in outer space and converting moon ice into nuclear propulsion fuel.For the non-scientists in the room and listening on the internet, the one clear message from the 90-minute program was that the three-way relationship involving the federal government, universities and private industry is not only still in place, but perhaps growing stronger.”I hope everyone … can be inspired,” said Dabbar. “There are truly inspiring opportunities out there, whether you’re young and looking at going to a university or you’re an entrepreneur taking a look at what …

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