As with many readers, I read this story because it is the basis of one of my favorite movies, the original The Day The Earth Stood Still. However, the movie has almost nothing to do with the story. Except for the landing and the names of Klaatu and Gort, the plots are completely different.
The original story has a few interesting twists; however, this is a rare case in which I think the movie was better.
This is what I looked like giving my speech after the sound system was working.
Amazingly, a recording of (almost) my entire speech is on the South Dakota Public Radio website! It is missing a part of the beginning due to issues involving sound system problems and a bullhorn. You can listen by pressing play below:
My best transcript of the part of the speech that isn’t on the recording is below:
Good morning everyone. My name is Luke Corwin. I am a Physics Professor here in Rapid City, but I am speaking for no one but myself today.
I thank the organizers of this event for the opportunity to speak to you today and for the great honor of sharing the stage with Chas Jewett, who has done so much to advance the causes of justice, education, and reconciliation in our community.
As the Facebook page says, “The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.” Thank you all for taking the time to be here on a Saturday morning to show your passion and support.
Many of us are here because we are concerned about the perceived lack support and trust of science in our city, state, and nation. Today, I want to talk about what we can do about this distrust, and why it exists in the first place. Before that, we have some things to celebrate.
Only 46 miles from here, in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, we are building the Sanford Underground Research Facility, which is one of the most advanced physics laboratories in the world. South Dakota has invested a great deal in this facility from public and private sources. Mr. Sanford himself donated 70 million dollars, and the State of South Dakota has invested more than 45 million dollars (source). I am a member of the largest collaboration preparing to build an experiment at Sanford Lab. My job and the jobs of several of my colleagues would not exist without these investments.
I have not posted one of these in a while for multiple reasons. With a friend’s daughter dying, I didn’t feel like being grateful. Of course, that is the time when it is most important to be grateful, so here is a triple edition of my gratitude list.
All of the donors who have contributed to Anna’s medical expenses and memorial fund
Our department wanting to care for colleagues who have lost loved ones.
The hope of the Resurrection:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” (I Corinthians 15:54-55)
The hope of the Resurrection: “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…” (Ephesians 1:19-20)
Lunch club at Murphy’s
Interesting colloquium about astrophysical neutrinos
Meeting with the colloquium speaker
Tubas earned a 3.9 (out of 4) on our latest playing test.
Having time to take care of my wife while she is sick
My wife made an amazing homemade pizza crust
Friends and a wife who show me the truth about myself even when it is unpleasant
Having so many good books to read
The amazing power of a hard reboot.
Our Symphonic Band concert went very well (Apr. 23)
The Facebook live feed of our concert worked well
The hilarious performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by the School’s drama club
We had wonderful weather for the March for Science
Excellent turnout for the March for Science
My speech at the March was well-received
Chas Jewett’s speech at the March for Science
News coverage of the March
The new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000
One of our students passed a candidacy exam
Title IX training that was actually useful
Being asked to give a presentation of DUNE at a conference in Prague
Seeing our students win awards at the annual convocation
Enjoying the Black Hills Symphony Orchestra concert with friends (Apr. 8)
Fixing my bike by replacing a bolt that had fallen off
Buying ice cream for us
My wife taking care of me while I was sick
Finishing the yoga class for this semester
Our garden is sprouting
The seeds my wife planted indoors are sprouting
Planning for the conference is going well
Training my fellow committee members in editing the conference website
Writing a flyer advertising our new course in the fall
Settling several other logistical questions about the course
Lunch Club at Fuji Steakhouse and Sushi Bar
Useful and important grad student admission discussions
Ribbon cutting on the remodeled Chemistry Building
Skype conversation with a good friend
Good discussion on Daniel with the Wobbly Table
Friends willing to hear and critique my speech before I gave it
My wife being willing to hear and critique my speech before I gave it
Watering the garden
Successfully using my bicycle pump on a Presta valve
A potential new funding opportunity
Lunch Club at Panera
Ordering gaskets for my lab
Visiting the booths at the Earth Day Expo
Interesting physics colloquium from the new postdoc in our department
Colloquium by the Society of Physics Students on their activities over the past year
Praying with InterVarsity
Ice cream social for the final band rehearsal of the semeseter
My wife starting softball practice for the upcoming season
The March for Science is an international set of marches that intends to be “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”