Gratitude (Dec. 6 – 12)

  1. Learning how to improve the sound quality and crop some of my video recordings
  2. My interview with SDPB is online
  3. The people who have complimented me or otherwise responded positively to the interview
  4. Booking the venue for an upcoming celebration
  5. Walking around a lake in good weather (Dec. 9)
  6. Time to rest when I am feeling a bit sick (Dec. 9)
  7. Hosting community meal
  8. Helping my wife prepare the main dish (soup) for the meal
  9. The soup was delicious
  10. Catching up with friends at the meal
  11. Catholic Lego
  12. A good conversation with a good friend here (Dec. 7)
  13. The opportunity to be our department’s representative at the upcoming commencement ceremony
  14. Beautiful candle lighting ceremony at church
  15. Compliments on my homemade sauerkraut at church and at my wife’s department social
  16. Lots of good food at the church potluck
  17. Lots of good food at the department social
  18. Discussing gravitational waves and neutron star mergers at the social
  19. Being able to my wife get up early to proctor an exam
  20. Watching funny TV shows and laughing with my wife.
  21. Being married for 8 years and all of the congratulations we received from friends and family on our anniversary!
  22. A student making good progress
  23. Forming a plan for backing up my work laptop
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South Dakota’s First Physics PhDs! 

On Saturday, Dec. 16, I will have the honor of being the Physics Department representative at the graduation ceremony where we will officially confer the first Physics Ph.D. in our school’s history and one of the first two in the history of the state.

Wenzhao Wei and Dan Rederth are the first to earn physics PhDs within the state of South Dakota.

Source: The PhD pioneers | symmetry magazine

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Gratitude (Nov. 15 – Dec. 5, 2017)

Thanksgiving and the end of the semester have been busy times, and I have not kept up on my gratitude lists. To make up for the gap, here is a triple-length edition!

  1. My new 128 GB USB drive arrived
  2. The drive works with both my Linux laptop and my phone
  3. Successfully downloading new open source video editing software
  4. Using that software to trim the recordings I have made from VHS tapes.
  5. Reformatting my new USB drive so that it can be read by Windows, Linux, Android, and hold large video files.
  6. Getting many chores done on Sunday (Nov. 19)
  7. Watching the children of two friends in a production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  8. Helping my wife with her work
  9. Deciding on which antenna to keep
  10. Deciding how and where to mount the new antenna
  11. Good and surprisingly emotional discussion of Christmas memories and music at church
  12. I was able to find and by White Out (liquid paper) when my wife needed some
  13. Our fall band concert went very well, and several of our friends and colleagues attended
  14. The concert was live streamed and is available to watch again (our band begins at about the 50 minute mark)
  15. Physics Department Thanksgiving Feast
  16. My wife providing our contribution to the feast
  17. Good conversations and fun at the feast
  18. Leftovers from the feast
  19. One of my students made some good looking plots for a presentation I gave
  20. Making plans for the Thanksgiving break at home and for work
  21. Bringing treats to the final band class of the semester
  22. One of our band members demonstrating a kayagum, a Korean musical instrument
  23. Interesting Inclusion Committee meeting
  24. Learning more about myself and how much childhood experiences affect my current attitude towards money
  25. Teaching my last class of the semester
  26. Getting my final and exam and solutions written on time
  27. Taking snacks to the Physics Department Gift Exchange
  28. Getting a gift I actually liked at the exchange
  29. Hanging up our inside Christmas decorations
  30. I also discovered another part of fractal human culture: pens!
  31. Physics Lunch Club at Mackenzie River
  32. Finishing the editing of all of our VHS to digital transfers
  33. Good discussions about selecting our next book for the Wobbly Table
  34. Successfully installing the new antenna on our deck
  35. So far the antenna is working, and we are receiving 21 channels over the air with clear reception, including the one I was most concerned about.
  36. Final garden harvest of the year!
  37. Making kale and carrots with the harvest from our garden
  38. My wife was excited that she was finally able to make progress painting our kitchen
  39. The kitchen looks beautiful
  40. She was also to hang up the new baskets at the left in the picture above
  41. Moving the fridge out of the way for painting was fairly easy
  42. Being invited to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving Dinner
  43. Bringing dessert and snacks to the dinner
  44. Wonderful food for Thanksgiving
  45. Catching up with friends
  46. Meeting new people
  47. Taking home leftovers
  48. Saving the leftover turkey bones for making broth
  49. Interesting colloquium on the recently discovered neutron star merger GW170817
  50. Having lunch with the colloquium speaker
  51. Helping a colleague by proctoring a classes evaluation
  52. Watching Clarinet Madness perform at the mall
  53. Lunch at the mall food court
  54. Skype conversation with a good friend (Dec. 2)
  55. A beautiful Christmas concert at the Cathedral
  56. Seeing two tuba players playing their tubas while walking
  57. Hilarious performance by Σ Improv (Sum Improv), which is our student drama club’s monthly improv event
  58. Σ Improv accept several of my suggestions for “Scenes from a Hat.”
  59. Helping a friend move
  60. The friend fed us pizza and bread sticks for helping move
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Faith And Science: My Interview on South Dakota Public Radio!

My interview about faith and science is online at SDPB! Of our hour-long conversation, about half an our was aired.

Source: Faith And Reason Coexist Within Physicist And Christian Luke Corwin

In case you are interested, here are some of the verses and quotations I mentioned:

  • Proverbs 25:2: “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out.”
  • Isaiah 42:14:
    “The Lord will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;
    with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.
    ‘For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back.
    But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.
    I will lay waste the mountains and hills and dry up all their vegetation;
    I will turn rivers into islands and dry up the pools.'”
  • I Corinthians 15:17-19: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”
  • Ephesians 1:17-20: “I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know … the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead”
  • Pope Benedict XVI:  “The scientific ethos, moreover, is … the will to be obedient to the truth, and, as such, it embodies an attitude which belongs to the essential decisions of the Christian spirit.”


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Gratitude (Nov. 8 – 14)

  1. Major cleaning and organization of our home office
  2. A student helping me fix an error with our Entertainment PC
  3. Learning how to transfer VHS tapes to digital format using our Entertainment PC
  4. Good food and conversation at our church’s weekly pot luck
  5. Transferring the first tapes to digital format
  6. Attending a lefse making demonstration and rolling out my first lefse there
  7. Buying lefse making tools
  8. Phone call with my sister
  9. Phone call with my parents
  10. Warm enough weather to enjoy the sun outside
  11. Testing the new TV antenna
  12. Fixing water drainage issues in my lab
  13. Interesting physics colloquium from one of our grad students
  14. Getting some dishes washed
  15. Finding a workaround for another problem with the Entertainment PC
  16. Having more material prepared for class than I needed (Nov. 15)
  17. Starting to clean a rust stain off of our basement wall
  18. Starting to work on syllabus and textbook selection for my class next semester
  19. Making multiple donations and other errands on Nov. 10
  20. A day off on Nov. 10
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Gratitude (Nov. 1 – 7)

  1. Attending 3 of the faculty forums for SDSM&T Presidential candidates
  2. Good and short meeting about our department website
  3. Dinner with my wife before band rehearsal
  4. My wife auditioned for a solo in our upcoming concert
  5. My student returned safely from Fermilab
  6. Successfully accessing my grant account information on our school’s system
  7. Lunch conversation with colleagues about the candidates
  8. Good conversation about the “Spirit of Christmas” at The Well
  9. Emptied, cleaned, and stored our rain barrels for the winter
  10. Trimmed my beard
  11. Helped my wife with laundry
  12. Buying an outdoor antenna
  13. Buying some small needed tools for my lab
  14. Removed air conditioner from our bedroom window and stored it for the winter
  15. Interesting (and disturbing) seminar on abandoned uranium mines near Native American communities
  16. Finding a replacement while our department secretary is temporarily out
  17. Skype conversation with a good friend
  18. Getting fresh deionized water for our lab
  19. Harvesting potatoes from our garden!
  20. A friend and former roommate of mine, who is now a physics professor, received a grant for his “effort to develop coding tutorial videos aimed at the high school level, and free training sessions for high school physics teachers to learn to code.”
  21. My wife made delicious soup for our community meal
  22. Catching up with friends at the meal
  23. Indian taco sale
  24. Good meeting with student (Nov. 7)
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Gratitude (Oct. 25 – 31)

  1. Catching up with friends and their little boy
  2. Productive Institutional Board meeting
  3. Connecting my graduate student with other members of the collaboration
  4. Chicago style pizza with two graduate students
  5. Tasty appetizers before the pizza
  6. Catching up with other friends while one of them was rebuilding a car
  7. Meeting new collaborators
  8. Ride to O’Hare
  9. Safe and punctual flight back to Rapid City
  10. A non-stop flight to Rapid City
  11. Helping my wife with her work
  12. Starting to prepare class for this week
  13. A fun and excellent Halloween-themed concert from the music program at Mines
  14. Takeout from Kathmandu
  15. 45 trick-or-treaters came to our door
  16. I think my first class after returning from my trip went well
  17. Started preparing our rain barrels for the winter
  18. Arrived back in time for a colleague’s colloquium
  19. Good meet with a friend
  20. Finding the solutions manual for the textbook for my class
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Gratitude (Oct. 18-24)

  1. Making apple crisp with my wife for friends
  2. Good conversation and catching up with friends over dinner
  3. Good meeting with student
  4. Meeting a member of the band I had not met before
  5. Borrowing a piece of equipment from a colleague
  6. Getting a key to a room I will need in the future
  7. Harvesting carrots from our garden for my lunch
  8. Making bison curry with my wife
  9. Learning more about my family history
  10. Difficult but important conversation with a friend
  11. Helping a student improve her talk
  12. Helping a student who randomly wandered into my office with his homework
  13. Biking a part of the Rapid City bike trail I had not before
  14. Learning about Lakota culture at the latest Rapid City Community Conversation
  15. A staff member who taught me the beginning of how to use the school’s financial monitoring software for my grant
  16. Time to rest and recover while I was sick
  17. Complements on my teaching from one of my students
  18. Getting everything packed for my trip
  19. My wife coming to my rescue after I locked my key in the van
  20. A good discussion of stories and facts at The Well
  21. Cute rabbit outside the Physics building
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Gratitude (Oct. 11 – 17)

  1. Donating blood on campus
  2. Important information at the departmental staff meeting
  3. Physics Lunch Club at Sumo
  4. Ordering for my wife because her previous meeting was running late
  5. Learning about the Society for Creative Anachronism in Rapid City
  6. Green Dot training
  7. Presenting an idea form the Faculty Development Committee to the Faculty Senate
  8. Being vaccinated for influenza (I got my flu shot)
  9. Indian taco sale at SD Mines (Oct. 12)
  10. Good discussion with good friends at the Wobbly Table
  11. Finding a temporary location for my lab during renovations next summer
  12. The first SD Mines student Improv show was hilarious! I haven’t laughed that much in one sitting in months.
  13. Watching the SD Mines football team with a friend.
  14. SD Mines pep band at the game
  15. Introducing our friend to one of our favorite restaurants
  16. Getting lots of de-cluttering done around the house
  17. Preparing for my next class
  18. Practicing the tuba
  19. Interesting colloquium
  20. Music program photograph (I will post when it is available)
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Gratitude (Oct. 4 – 10)

  1. Watching Star Trek: Discovery with friends
  2. Wobbly Table meeting (around a non-wobbly table) at the new Dunn Bros. location
  3. Starting latest batch of sauerkraut
  4. Helping my wife cook a delicious batch of tortellini soup
  5. Carrots and kale from our garden for the soup
  6. Growing carrots successfully for the first time
  7. A trip to Crazy Horse Memorial for Native Americans Day
  8. Leaning more about my colleagues during the ride to and from Crazy Horse
  9. The ceremony at Crazy Horse, which included the Lakota National Anthem, Lakota
  10. Veterans song, and the Star Spangled Banner sung in Lakota.
  11. Vaughn Vargas named Educator of the Year
  12. A free buffalo stew lunch at Crazy Horse
  13. Learning about the memorial and its sculptor at the museum attached to Crazy Horse
  14. Testing different locations for our TV antenna
  15. Giving a presentation as part of the Black Hills Astronomical Society class “Astronomy 101”
  16. Cooking chicken in a pot for dinner with garden carrots
  17. Good food and catching up with friends at The Well potluck
  18. Skype conversation with a good friend (Oct. 6)
  19. Re-using coaxial cable that was already in our house
  20. Observing a class that I will be teaching later in the semester.
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