Monthly Archives: April 2016

Gratitude (Apr. 20 – 26)

Learning important information at the department staff meeting (Apr. 20) My students’ progress in researching lab equipment and information sources Finishing our last band rehearsal of the semester. Our church group deciding to take a “field trip” to our concert! … Continue reading

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Do you have a Question for the Presidential Candidates?

President Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Cruz, Kasich, or someone else will govern a nation in which scientific and engineering questions play an increasingly important in our present and future. This is not just for Sigma Xi members. Anyone can vote and … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Apr. 13 – 19)

Learning about retirement options Free popcorn at the Benefits Fair Visit from interested high school students to our department Interesting physics colloquium from one of our grad students (Apr. 14) Good discussion with friends at the Wobbly Table (Apr. 15) … Continue reading

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End of Semester Concerts

For those of your in Rapid City, the School of Mines Music program has a bevy of diverse concerts scheduled, including the Symphonic Band Concert on April 24 at 3:00 pm in the Music Center with me on tuba and my wife on clarinet! … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Apr. 6 – 12)

My sister’s birthday! “…all things are possible with God” (Mark 10:27). “All things are possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23) Important conversation with the head of the music program (Apr. 6) The SD legislature unanimously passed and the governor … Continue reading

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My Erdős-Bacon Number

One’s Erdős–Bacon number is the sum of one’s Erdős number and Bacon number. Erdős Number One’s Erdős Number is a measure of the number of “degrees of separation” from prolific mathematician Paul Erdős. According to Wikipedia, Paul Erdős has an Erdős … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Mar. 30 – Apr. 5)

“Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter…” (Mark 3:28, ESV) Payday cookies (Mar. 30) Talking with colleagues during payday cookies Lunch with my wife, colleagues and students at … Continue reading

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