Did you see the crazy penalty kick Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo let loose against Paris Saint-German this past Valentine's Day? In the 45th minute, Ronaldo blasted the ball into the left side of the net. What made people's jaws drop was what happened to the ball just prior to Ronaldo's famous right boot making contact with the ball. The ball ...more
StarTalk's Playing with Science aired an episode on curling yesterday evening. I had a LOT of fun doing that episode! Curling is one, cool spot. There is plenty of fascinating physics and an unanswered question or two. Check out the show via the link below.
Season 3, Episode 3 (February 14, 2018): The Science of ...more
My cousin notified me of yesterday's atrocity in southern Florida. Broward County? That's where my sister's family lives and where her kids go to school. I called my sister. "Is that 's school?" "No. His school is in the neighboring district." Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is eight miles from my sister's house. ...more
On a day typically known by the presence of hearts, flowers, and boxes of chocolates, many Christians around the world will today add the symbol of ashes. Not since 1945 have Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday coincided as they do today. At first glance the holiday and the holy day may not seem to have ...more
It’s been an exhilarating week—the Super Bowl and icy roads. I, like most people, have been caught up in the game. What struck me most about the Super Bowl, however, was the commercial in which leaders from different religions all jumped in a SUV and went to the game together. They were soon greeted by ...more
Tonight's episode of StarTalk's Playing with Science will get you ready for the Winter Olympics, which begins this Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea. We talked figure skating, which is so many people's favorite event come Winter Olympics time. A very special guest is on the show, Olympic Medalist Sasha Cohen. I have such wonderful memories ...more
Those who believe religion and politics aren’t connected, don’t know either
In today’s America, there is no doubt that religion and politics are intertwined. A recent study by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) documents that, “White evangelical Protestants remain the dominant religious force in the GOP. More than one-third (35%) of all Republicans ...more
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.
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
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