Today’s lesson in orbital mechanics.
I was spending New Year’s Day looking over an old 2017 “Year In Space” calendar before recycling it when I found this statement concerning the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Spitzer travels in Earth’s orbit but at a slower pace; by 2063, Earth will have “lapped” the telescope and Spitzer will reenter the atmosphere.
The Chicago Bears finished a rather dreadful season with a loss to the Minnesota Vikings today, 23-10. The Bears did have a fun play that I got to analyze for TuneIn's Ho Huddle. With just over six minutes left in the first half, the Vikings faced a 4th and 9 at their own 16-yard line. ...more
This past Wednesday night's episode of Playing with Science took another look at Odell Beckham Jr's famous one-handed catch. Click on the link below to hear me discussing the physics behind the catch.
Season 2, Episode 27 (December 27, 2017): Extended Classic: The Science of "The Catch"
It's a great time of year to talk football ...more
The Los Angeles Rams edged the Tennessee Titans today, 27-23. The Rams were helped in their efforts by an incredible run by Todd Gurley (#30) that took place with less than five minutes to go in the first half. The Rams faced 2nd and 11 from their own 20-yard line. Quarterback Jared Goff (#16) -- no relation! --was in the ...more
Tonight's episode of Playing with Science revisits the Immaculate Reception, which was a famous catch (or not?!?) by Franco Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 1972 NFL playoffs. Click on the link below to hear me and others talking football physics.
Season 2, Episode 26 (December 20, 2017): Extended Classic: The Immaculate Reception
It's always ...more
Our neighbors across the street like decorating for the holidays. Each evening their house and even the trees in the yard are showered with twinkling lights that come from a few small lamps stuck in the ground. They even have movie clips playing on a plyboard screen. The most we’ve managed to accomplish in our ...more
Yesterday ground was broken for a monument in Richmond, on the grounds of the State Capitol, honoring women from throughout the Commonwealth who have contributed throughout history to our nation and Virginia. It will be the first of its kind on the grounds of a State Capitol in the United States. I am encouraged and ...more
In this era of secrets coming to light, I thought I would share an insight I gained in graduate school. While reading the book, Slave Religion, for a class, I discovered the Alabama, preacher James McLemore. Rev. McLemore has three claims to fame: he was an itinerant Baptist preacher of some merit; he owned the ...more
The power of story, of speaking our own truth, was experienced in dynamic and impactful ways last week as “Dear World” came to Lynchburg College. As a member of the planning committee, I had some idea of what might happen on our campus. However, I was blown away by the energy of heart, mind, and ...more
Only two weeks away now! Rather than write a lengthy post, I'm just going to address the main questions I've been getting over the past few months.
The sun is going to be 90% obscured at my home. Is it worth traveling to the path of totality?
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Unless you have witnessed ...more
Two of the most fundamental properties of any astronomical object are size and distance. How big is it, and how far away is it? The vast scales of cosmological distances are determined by a variety of methods, just as one uses different tools to measure the length of a piece of wood and the height ...more
For the past two years, I have biked or walked to work almost every single day.
My photographer colleague John McCormick was kind enough to try making me look cool on a bike. I don't give him much to work with...
One of my favorite aspects of the job at Lynchburg was the possibility of a ...more
The last time humanity ventured out of low Earth orbit (LEO) was in December 1972. The Apollo 17 mission, last in the series, took Gene Cernan, Jack Schmitt, and Ron Evans to the moon, where Cernan and Schmitt spent a little more than three days on the lunar surface. We have not been any farther ...more
About one year ago, my wife started de-cluttering our house. Wedding gifts that we still hadn't used five years into our marriage went away. Nick knacks went to the garbage. Rarely played board games and the toys our kids didn't play with often (and the toys that made too much noise) went to live at ...more
When Donald Trump seized the presidential election, many pundits shifted from predicting his demise to exploring what they had missed. How did the best people with the best data miss the outcome so dramatically?
Political scientists and statisticians will discuss the possible errors for years to come, but there is a lesson that we all can ...more
Today's date marks November 9, 2016. For many American's this date only has one, singular prominent meaning - the day after election day.
This post will not be politically biased in any way, shape, or form. That is not my intention in the slightest. However, the purpose of my sharing this information is due to the ...more
The success of Digital Transformation is dependent on the Leadership team’s ability to inspire change, face team’s assumptions and launch collaborative efforts. Here are questions that challenge leaders on five continents. Answering each of these questions will clarify a roadmap for transformation.
What are your first thoughts?
What do you feel … overwhelmed, inadequate, ready ...more
One of the biggest challenges of being an environmental studies major is promoting a sustainable lifestyle to others who may not have an environmental background. Convincing any group of people to make changes to their lifestyle is difficult enough. Last year, rumors spread around Lynchburg College that our campus does not recycle. This false information ...more
In high school, I had dreams about engaging in creative writing for a living. I made my own notebook (because what creative genius buys his notebook at the store when he could make one on his own?) and wrote poem after poem. I wrote numerous short stories and started several novels. In college, I wrote ...more
The cover of the Fall 2016 Lynchburg College magazine might surprise some recipients. Why are they staring a rhinoceros in the face? And why on the cover of their alma mater's magazine?
The short story is: 50 years ago a Lynchburg College graduate went on a safari in Africa and donated a bunch of his big ...more
Welcome back Hornets!
My name is Lindsey Van Zile and I will be LC’s Campus Sustainability Intern this year. As part of my internship I will be posting in the Red Goes Green Blog, promoting recycling and initiating a compost program on campus. As a Senior Environmental Studies student, I hope to leave a legacy on ...more
Happy Monday! In case you haven’t realized this yet, it is exam week.
"No wonder no one was in my class this morning!!!" you say to yourself. "But now I’ve missed my exam!! I have looked into the face of a dementor and I am doomed!!!”
No worries! This doesn’t have to be the way things go ...more
People ask me what keeps me up at night, well beside the dog down the street that is obviously not getting enough love, it is the safety of all our community members. You see, there are bad guys out there who are looking for someone to take advantage of. That’s what bad guys do: They ...more
So I’m just getting back from a staff meeting and see that there are 65 e-mails sitting in my in box screaming at me to be opened, read, and responded to. I’ve got to be honest with you, I’m just not into it! So I am looking around my office looking for a good way ...more
Hello LC Community! Welcome to yet another year of learning, playing, serving, eating, sleeping, walking, running, and yes, winning as a LC Hornet!! Since some of you are new to the community (about 640 new first years and transfers and readmits ) I’d thought I run through just what a Campus Update actually is:
A Campus ...more
Hello all! Thanks for joining me once again for another article of Red Goes Green. As many of you know, President Obama’s term is coming to a close. Just like most presidents nearing the end of their term, he has begun thinking about how he will be remembered after his presidency. It has become evident ...more
Greetings fellow Hornets! I hope that all of you thoroughly enjoyed Lynchburg’s first snow day, and are ready to take on the cold weeks ahead of us. The next few weeks are going to be busy on both the national and local environmental fronts.
Continue to keep an eye out for the Recyclemania competition! It is ...more
The writing's on the wall. In the not-too-distant future, the federal government will become a conspicuous presence on college campuses, both virtual and physical.
I’ve been expecting this for a long time. Now that Obamacare is law, it makes perfect sense that the president would turn to higher education reform. After all, the “problems” plaguing the ...more
Survival hinges on the ability to adapt to changes taking place in our environment. There is no escaping this fundamental reality. Ignoring or denying change doesn't make it any less real, only more dangerous.
Unlike some biological adaptations, which can take millennia to occur, businesses must adapt quickly and with intention if they are to survive. ...more
In my previous blog post, I wrote that businesses must continually adapt to changes in
their external environment if they’re going to survive and prosper. Honestly, this strikes
me as such a no-brainer that I’m a bit embarrassed having written it. I can’t imagine that
there are too many people who would find this pronouncement worthy of serious ...more
This initial blog opens a conversation on a critical issue in education: What is the best way to prepare students for a future that is increasingly uncertain?
As a teacher of Economics, one of the most important lessons I try to convey to my students is the idea that businesses must continually adapt to changes in ...more