Particle physicist and postdoctoral research associate Yangyang Cheng, PhD explores the universe and also shares her unique perspectives on her native country of China and the U.S. political landscape across media, including in the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times, on BBC News, and in SupChina, a New York-based, China-focused news, information, and business services platform.
In this episode, Mark and Yangyang discuss a variety of science, political, and communication topics, including:
How Yangyang developed her dual scientific and communication skills and how she sees connections and similarities in the way she does physics and the way she approaches her writing and public speaking
Growing up in China and coming to the U.S. after graduating from university, Yangyang’s experiences doing physics in China as a female physicist
Yangyang’s fascinating research as a particle physicist
Her interests about American politics
The techniques and principles that guide her communications to general audiences
Her op-ed pieces in the Sunday New York Times and the kinds of reactions she has received from them