Jerry McCoy

Co-host, Science Matters

Applied Associate Professor
Physics & Engineering Physics

Jerry's interest in science-physics in particular-began early when his father gave him a children's book on the planets. That gift was followed by a steady diet of steam engines, Erector sets, chemistry kits, science fairs, LOTS of reading about science and math, and degrees in Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Tulsa. Jerry continues his lifelong love of science, learning and teaching from his professor's bully pulpit at TU.

He also does "Professor McCoy's Wonderful World of Physics" for audiences all over northeastern Oklahoma and runs the TU Physics Journal Club, a large monthly gathering of science aficionados who meet to eat pizza and reflect on current progress in physics. Science Matters is Jerry's happy collaboration with childhood chum, John Henshaw.

Of all that he does, Jerry is most proud of his family, comprised of his lovely wife, Anne, of 30+ years and his four most excellent children. Jerry devotes considerable interest to matters of faith, particularly their intersection with science, a topic on which he speaks frequently to groups around the Tulsa area.

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Science Matters
10:54 am
Wed October 16, 2013

GPS and Einstein's Relativity

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Did you know that your smartphone helps prove Einstein's theory of relativity? It's true, although we're pretty sure Albert never imagined that his thought experiments would lead to a Global Positioning System. Without knowing how relativity affects satellite signals, the worldwide GPS system would be worthless. Here's why...

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Science Matters
11:02 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Who Knew That a Giraffe's Heart Had Such a Big Job?

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What can weigh more than 25 lb, measures about 2 ft, beats at twice the rate and has double the blood pressure of a human heart? Despite a popular myth, it isn't really big, but has a secret revealed by John and Jerry.

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Science Matters
11:21 am
Fri August 9, 2013

AC / DC: The Inside Story On The Electric Power War

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You'd think it would be a simple matter to generate electrical power and bring it into your home. Turns out that in the late 1880s, there was a War of the Currents between two titans of industry vying to sell incompatible electric transmissions systems to America. John and Jerry fire up the time machine for a glimpse of the battle which makes today's technology fights pale in comparison.

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Science Matters
10:49 am
Fri July 26, 2013

The Human Voice: How Can Something So Tiny Sound So Loud?

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It's a miracle: a small flap of skin about the size of a dime or a quarter can produce sound which will fill a room when modulated by vocal folds and our body's resonant cavities. Professors McCoy and Henshaw explore how this is possible.

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Science Matters
4:13 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Temperature: How Daniel Fahrenheit's Legacy Sets Us Apart From the Rest of the World

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We all have a sense of what's hot and what's cold and are able to translate that feeling to some thermometer number. But how did those numbers come about? And why is our temperature scale different from most of the rest of the world? Jerry and John crystallize answers out of this hot topic.

    

  

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Science Matters
1:27 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

The Placebo Effect: The Surprising Discovery of a Strange Influence

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The placebo effect must be one of the strangest things to influence both man and beast. The fact that it can work, even though the person receiving the treatment knows that it's a placebo, is mind-boggling. But how was the placebo effect first discovered? Jerry and John reveal the origins.

  

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Science Matters
10:02 am
Tue June 11, 2013

The Metric System: What The French Revolution and the Dollar Bill Have To Do With It

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What do the French Revolution, the dollar bill, and the metric system have in common? A lot, it turns out, as revealed by our intrepid science explorers, Dr. Jerry McCoy and Dr. John Henshaw of The University of Tulsa.

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Science Matters
4:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Planet Earth

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Got your ticket for an interstellar vacation? That trip might be your last, depending on the destination. It turns out that there are very few places in the universe hospitable to lifeforms like us. Jerry and John fill us in on what's out there.

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Science Matters
11:51 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Energy: How Many Scientists Does It Take To Change Light Bulb Behavior?

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How many scientists does it take to change light bulb behavior? Two plus a spouse. Follow along as professors Henshaw and McCoy explore the topic of how energy affects your life.

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Science Matters
9:53 am
Tue April 2, 2013

IQ

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What's your IQ? Afraid to ask? You won't be scared, though, to learn how the IQ score came into existence. Intrepid science explorers John Henshaw and Jerry McCoy  travel back to 1899 as a French psychologist begins to help children with special needs.

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