#handson @ Albion College #HSSLP

August 7, 2015: In May, I spent┬ 10 days in Poland, visiting Wroc┼éaw (where┬ Albion College and Michigan State students, faculty, and staff┬ cleaned┬ a section of the New Jewish Cemetery), Krak├│w (where we toured the Jewish Quarter, Schindler’s Factory, and the┬ P┼éasz├│w 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 Toru┼ä, 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: Toru┼ä, 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. ÔÇťThe 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.