The 2015-16 academic year represents my second sabbatical year. As I did during my first sabbatical year (2008-09), I will work with Matt Carré at the University of Sheffield in England. Our first collaborative year yielded research results pertaining to the aerodynamics of soccer balls. For this upcoming collaboration, I will join Matt's research group's investigations into friction in sport. I've ...more
Hello LC Hornets!!! I think spring has sprung and that the sun has flown the coop. We have sent out search parties to look for her but we have heard nothing back from them. We hope that they can locate the sun and get her back here in time for the weekend. It would be ...more
Hello and welcome to April! We found the thermostat and we are inching it up so wearing shorts and tee shirts won’t be hazardous to your health anymore. So here is what has been going on since the last time you deleted my Campus Update:
On Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, literally hundreds of ...more
As the Tour de France was coming to a close, I had the opportunity to chat with some media outlets about the modeling research I was doing in connection with the world's most famous bike race. ResearchGate interviewed me and posted its story on Friday, 24 July. Click here for that interview. The Washington Post followed that up with a ...more
We've done so well in the past when it comes to predicting the last stage. It's mostly ceremonial, but there is usually a great sprint for the win. Today was no different on that front, but rain really dropped speeds. I've not seen rain in Paris like this on the final stage. Check out Chris ...more
What an incredible finish to today's stage! And what a great day for France! Alexandre Geniez of France was the first to reach the summit of Col de la Croix de Fer (click on the image for a larger view).
Geniez had a great ride, but finished 25th today. I love the scene below, which shows ...more
How do you measure the milestones in your life? We all have events that help us mark the passage of years: school and jobs, marriage and family, births and deaths. These are of course primary in all our lives, but the recent encounter of the New Horizons spacecraft with the Pluto system has reminded me ...more
Already this has been a summer of much travel for me. In May and June, we enjoyed a family weekend in Asheville, NC followed by work-related conferences at Marymount and Davidson Colleges. This month my husband and I put almost 6,000 miles on our car going cross country to visit family and friends in Tennessee, ...more
Yes, you read that right. In honor of Pluto’s imminent debut on computer screens worldwide, I’ll award it planetary status for the next few months. After all, when the New Horizons spacecraft nearing Pluto now was launched in January 2006, the (in)famous demotion to dwarf planet had not yet occurred.
If you are an aficionado of ...more
Those of us of a certain age will remember these song lyrics:
When the moon is in the seventh house
And Jupiter aligns with Mars…
Jupiter is about to align not with Mars, but with Venus, the ancient goddess of love. We can only hope that peace will guide the planets as a result!
The commonly used term for ...more
Summer for me is always a time of transition and recharging. My teaching and campus ministry duties are given a small break, and I am able to plan for the upcoming academic year. It also brings changes and growth for our graduating students and our own children as they venture onto new challenges with careers, ...more
This post is not informational so much as it is a personal reflection on what astronomy has meant in my life. Our regularly scheduled programming will resume in the next post.
One of my very earliest memories comes from shortly after my fourth birthday, when my great-grandmother let me stay up late to watch a summer ...more
Every year at this time I have such bittersweet feelings, as a hectic year comes to a close and graduates begin their transition away from Lynchburg College. I am both exhausted and excited, grieving and yet grateful. I turn to this short reflection every Commencement week because it resonates so much to my own experience. ...more
On Monday, April 27th our daughter returned to graduate studies in Baltimore after a weekend visit. By that evening we were watching media reports of riots, looting, and fires in the city she has called home for the past year. Protests had spiraled just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, who died of a ...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
Greetings fellow Hornets! Welcome back and thanks again for joining me for the next article of Red Goes Green. In case you haven’t heard, Lynchburg College has enrolled in Recyclemania, a national competition that promotes recycling on school campuses. After measuring all of the recycling produced within acollege, they calculate the per capita recycling rate ...more
Hello and welcome back to the first edition of the LC Campus Update. This missive was known as “Campus and Construction Update” but as I hope you are aware, all those guys who continually bent over and exposed the upper regions of their buttocks are now gone! So without further ado, let’s get to the all-important LC, ...more
Hello Lynchburg College Community! I hope that your holidays are off to a great start. Some of us are still in the office, but I have got to tell you, it has been really quiet!!! Well, except for the leaf blowers that is!! As we get into the season, I know there are many ways ...more
Hello all! Once again, thank you for joining me for my next article of Red Goes Green. Today I’m writing about the highly debated political topic of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The proposed plan would extend the original pipeline that currently runs from Canada into Cushing, Oklahoma. The Canadian company, TransCanada, which is spearheading the project ...more
For some of you, Red Wolf and the Red Wolf Tales Blog seem to have been somewhere off in the woods searching for the others in the wolf pack. In reality, we are so proud to tell you that the Lynchburg College Outdoor Leadership Program was working to open a new experiential teaching environment with ...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
The weather seems to change drastically each and every day when we wake, and then again throughout the day. We hear a forecast: slightly windy 5-10 miles per hour, with chance of rain, low of 36 and a high of 47, or a low of 76, high of 95, and wind at 10-15 miles per ...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
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
Red Wolf Tales, the blog, will present an array of topics, tips, tricks, insights, trends, gear, philosophies for the outdoors, training and certification opportunities.
Why have I chosen to call this blog “Red Wolf Tales?” As red is one of Lynchburg College’s colors, it would be a natural thought to connect the name and the color. However, ...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