WUPPE!

July 8, 2015: WUPPE! Yes, it was as fun as it sounds! and I cannot believe that 20 years has passed since its last flight.

In May 1995, the space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from Kennedy Space Center on STS-67 carrying a suite of ultraviolet telescopes on board: one from Goddard Spaceflight . . . → Read More: WUPPE!

#handson @ Albion College #HSSLP

August 7, 2015: In May, I spent 10 days in Poland, visiting Wrocław (where Albion College and Michigan State students, faculty, and staff cleaned a section of the New Jewish Cemetery), Kraków (where we toured the Jewish Quarter, Schindler’s Factory, and the Płaszów Concentration Camp), and the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration and Death Camp (which really . . . → Read More: #handson @ Albion College #HSSLP

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