Toruń, the Center of the Heliocentric Model

May 16, 2015: While participating in the Albion College Holocaust Studies Service Learning Program, a side trip to Toruń, Poland brought me to the house of Copernicus, the man who put the Sun at the center of the Solar System (instead of the Earth), revolutionizing the way scientists, and people in general, thought about . . . → Read More: Toruń, the Center of the Heliocentric Model

History Matters: The Story of Albion’s Longstreet Meteorite

February 2015: When I arrived as a newly hired tenure-track faculty member in the Physics Department at Albion College (Albion, MI), I was almost immediately regaled with campus stories about historic events related to astronomy. These stories were the stuff of lore and passed on from class to class. “The historic Alvan Clark telescope . . . → Read More: History Matters: The Story of Albion’s Longstreet Meteorite

Genius! Bar none.

January 16, 2015: Every once in a while I have a flash of genius, that “aha moment” that gets me excited for the start of the new year. A few years ago, it was having my Intro Astronomy students make videos about a topic in Astronomy. This time, I modified a standard writing . . . → Read More: Genius! Bar none.

Go Big – Read!

Awhile ago, there was a thread going around on Facebook to list your 10 favorite books. It pops up again every once in awhile. I was challenged by a friend of mine to list 10 of my favorite books, so I did.

I’ve reprinted the list here, again in no . . . → Read More: Go Big – Read!