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.
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.”
“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.”
Attending 3 of the faculty forums for SDSM&T Presidential candidates
Good and short meeting about our department website
Dinner with my wife before band rehearsal
My wife auditioned for a solo in our upcoming concert
My student returned safely from Fermilab
Successfully accessing my grant account information on our school’s system
Lunch conversation with colleagues about the candidates
Good conversation about the “Spirit of Christmas” at The Well
Emptied, cleaned, and stored our rain barrels for the winter
Trimmed my beard
Helped my wife with laundry
Buying an outdoor antenna
Buying some small needed tools for my lab
Removed air conditioner from our bedroom window and stored it for the winter
Interesting (and disturbing) seminar on abandoned uranium mines near Native American communities
Finding a replacement while our department secretary is temporarily out
Skype conversation with a good friend
Getting fresh deionized water for our lab
Harvesting potatoes from our garden!
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.”
My wife made delicious soup for our community meal