Category Archives: Science for All

South Dakota Neutrinos in the News!

CoSSURF Earlier this month, I helped organize the second Conference on Science at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. It was a very successful gathering of scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to discuss all of the science being conducted and … Continue reading

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Three generations of neutrino experiments are captured in one photo

Three generations of American long-baseline neutrino experiments are captured in one photograph! The black rectangles near the bottom are pieces of steel from the decommissioned MINOS far detector, which was part of the previous generation of long-baseline neutrino experiments. They … Continue reading

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My Speech from the Rapid City March for Science

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 … Continue reading

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I will be Marching and Speaking for Science Tomorrow!

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.” I will be speaking at … 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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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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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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Time flies like an arrow. Fruit files like a banana.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit files like a banana. With those two sentences, my colleague at the School of Mines, Dr. Toni Logar, illustrates the difficulty computers have in understanding the English language. For more of her fascinating interview, click … Continue reading

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Astronomy 4850 Feet Underground, One Week From Today!

The Black Hills Astronomical Society January 2017 meeting will feature a presentation on the astronomical-related research that is currently being done, and what is planned for the future, at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The presenter is Dr. Luke A. Corwin, … Continue reading

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Books of 2016: A Review

At the start of 2016, I had a list of 18 books I wanted to read during the year. I added 2 more during the year for a total of 20. Of these, I finished 7. Some of the rest, … Continue reading

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