She's a Scientist: Bridget Peterkin
A computer science student develops code for an app that helps diagnose disease through smell.
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- [00:00:03.000]When people are infected
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- [00:00:05.910]their bodies give off different smells.
- [00:00:08.700]An electronic nose,
- [00:00:09.990]developed at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
- [00:00:12.570]could help sniff out disease.
- [00:00:15.060]The e-nose detects specific chemicals,
- [00:00:17.670]excreted through the skin or exhaled in our breath
- [00:00:21.000]when we're sick.
- [00:00:22.140]So, the e-nose
- [00:00:23.100]is able to detect those like particles in the air
- [00:00:26.880]to figure out maybe if there's like COVID in the air
- [00:00:29.940]that floating around.
- [00:00:30.773]And we can't see that with our eyes,
- [00:00:32.580]but we're hoping to have like an electronic form
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- [00:00:37.556]It kind of mimics like a dog's nose
- [00:00:39.420]and it's able to detect what's in the air,
- [00:00:41.880]kind of like if a dog was sniffing.
- [00:00:44.010]The e-nose transmits data to a smartphone
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- [00:00:49.980]computer science student, Bridget Peterkin,
- [00:00:52.590]develops the code for that smartphone app.
- [00:00:55.680]So, my role has been working on the Android app
- [00:00:59.280]to help collect that data and organize it
- [00:01:01.890]and then be able to put that in a nice, neat format
- [00:01:04.740]for some of our researchers to do more analysis,
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- [00:01:08.880]Peterkin is a sophomore
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- [00:01:14.730]I was the kid who grew up doing like science experiments
- [00:01:17.670]and like the little circuit boards.
- [00:01:20.580]So, shouted to my parents
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- [00:01:24.930]I think there's kind of this myth
- [00:01:26.910]that when it comes to STEM and coding in particular,
- [00:01:30.240]you have to be some sort of like genius
- [00:01:31.980]who locks themselves in a garage
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- [00:01:36.990]Anyone can do it if you're tenacious,
- [00:01:38.970]if you wanna learn,
- [00:01:39.803]if you love problem solving and creativity,
- [00:01:41.760]it's absolutely for you.
- [00:01:43.470]The e-nose is being tested on COVID-19 patients
- [00:01:47.610]at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
- [00:01:50.370]If the e-nose is successful,
- [00:01:52.290]Peterkin will take pride in her contribution
- [00:01:55.470]to medical science.
- [00:01:57.060]It's so exciting to get to apply my education
- [00:01:59.760]on something that could potentially save lives.
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