Monthly Archives: February 2017

Gratitude (Feb. 15 – 21)

Seeing Moana with my wife and children of our friends Recognizing one of the constellations in the night sky in Moana Buying tickets for a German dinner next month The day off for Presidents’ Day Beautiful weather this weekend (Feb. 18-20) Participating … Continue reading

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Tonight! Mines Myth Busters Experiment with Fire!

Two colleagues and I will be there from the physics department. Join us as we “test household items for radioactivity” and show how strong you can be using a rope and broomsticks! Tonight! 6pm. Surbeck Center, SD Mines Campus RAPID … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Feb. 8 – 14)

Extremely helpful and useful meeting with a former student Dinner with an old friend (Feb. 8) Lunch at one of my favorite restaurant’s in Batavia Talking with a good friend via Skype Dinner and catching up with good friends in … Continue reading

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How Do We Know That Newton’s Gravitational Constant is Really Constant?

In his “banned” TED talk, Rupert Sheldrake claims that the uncertainties in the measurements of Newton’s gravitational constant (“big G”) imply that it might vary with time. This constant determines the strength of all gravitational attractions in the universe, from an … Continue reading

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Gratitude (Feb. 1 – 7)

My wife discovered a “slightly on fire” object outside of a campus building. We were able to report it, and it was safely contained. It was actually exposed live wires of a demolished light fixture. A book on hold arrived … Continue reading

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Edward Bouchet was the First African-American to earn a Ph.D. in Physics

In 1876, he became the first African-American and the sixth person of any race to earn a physics Ph.D. in the Western Hemisphere, and went on to have a four-decade science teaching career. The selection of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical … Continue reading

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Gratitude List (Jan. 25 – 31)

I’m getting better at playing the tuba with facial hair My beard has filled in nicely Making chicken a la king Making mashed potatoes Helping my wife transplant herbs into bigger pots Cleaning off a table in preparation for a … Continue reading

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