Nearly a year to the day after the Berlin Marathon saw a new men's record, Dennis Kimetto of Kenya established a brand new men's record in this year's Berlin Marathon. The 30-year-old completed the race in 2 h 02' 57", knocking 26" off the old record set by fellow Kenyon Wilson Kipsang, and almost 03' ...more
Two months ago today, I wrote my last blog post for the 2014 Tour de France. An intense two months of work on Tour de France modeling had just ended for me. Intermingled among that work was my research on Brazuca, the World Cup soccer ball. The media attention my colleagues in Japan and I ...more
Hello everyone and thanks for joining me for my first blog of the year! I’m very excited that my first blog will be covering a very significant environmental event. If you’ve taken a look at the news lately you will most likely have heard about the People’s Climate March, one of the world’s largest and ...more
My oldest son, Bob, has been in Thailand for almost a year, teaching English to a classroom of middle school girls. Having never lived abroad before, he was ready to embrace the culture and take advantage of all the beauty and richness the country has to offer. What I, as his mother, didn’t realize was ...more
Knock, Knock, Knock…
You hear it from the depths of a groggy sleep…
Knock, Knock, Knock…
It continues and you realize it is not a dream…
Knock, Knock, Knock…
You stumble out of bed, trip over the week’s debris field of dirty clothes, a textbook or two, and a cup of some liquid that you know you have spilled all ...more
This past Saturday I experienced one of the most profound events of my life – the first of my three children’s marriage. Zachary, our second son, wed Molly, the love of his life. As a chaplain I probably officiate at almost a dozen weddings a year, but none have come close to the celebration of ...more
Hello LC. I have been called a lot of things in my day. Most I cannot put in this note to you. But here is a sample of some of the names I have responded to:
John (Given name)
John Gerald (Typically in trouble)
Eck (Grade school)
Idiot (Algebra teacher)
St. John the Baptist (Mother-in-law)
Sugar plum, honey darlin’ gosh almighty (Aunt ...more
The test for the emergency warning system just went off again…must be 9:55 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. It used to go off at 10 a.m., but faculty requested that it be moved to the transition time between classes instead of right at the beginning of class. Led by Campus Safety and ...more
Hello Lynchburg College!!! Some short notes to share with you this hot and humid Friday afternoon.
Wow … is it ever hot and humid.
The good news is that we are all sweaty and smelly together so you don’t notice the BO as much.
We had hoped that we would be able to let you wander around Drysdale beginning ...more
One of my favorite youtube clips is entitled:
“When Kids In Third World Countries Read First World Problems”
During this short video you see children as well as men and women in Haiti describe actual complaints from First World people. In the background you see typical settings in the developing world….small cinderblock houses, washing clothes by the ...more
Hello Lynchburg College! It seems that we are in a place where there have been a lot of goodbyes and even more hellos. So running along on that theme, here are a few goodbyes and hellos that have come to mind in the last week:
Clean laundry folded and stacked on your bed
Your dog and/or cat
A private ...more
Telescopes gather light, and that light conveys information about distant and dim objects. The more light the instrument gathers, the more information is conveyed. And the bigger the telescope, the more light you can gather.
If you are of a certain age and have any awareness of astronomy, you probably remember that for most of your ...more
In March, a team of astronomers working with the BICEP2 radio telescope at the South Pole announced an exciting discovery, claiming to have discovered patterns in the cosmic microwave background that would exist if the universe underwent an enormous expansion almost immediately after the Big Bang. This “inflation” is a well-established feature of modern ...more
Marcel Kittel won his fourth stage of this year's Tour de France with a great sprint to the finish line. The image below shows Kittel just ahead of Alexander Kristoff (click on the image for a larger view).
With Tony Martin's two stage wins and a stage win for André Greipel, German cyclists won 7 of the ...more
There was only one cyclist I was interested in watching today: Tony Martin. He was a veritable machine on his bike in the individual time trail with his powerful legs and strong core moving him along French roads faster than anyone else. Below is a comparison between Martin's time and our prediction.
Stage 20: 1h 06' 21" (actual), ...more
This will be an every-two-months guide to what you can see in the night sky, geared to mid-latitude northern hemisphere observers. The original post with more detailed guidance can be found here. What can you expect to see in July and August 2014?
Moon Phases: Full on July 12th; new on July 26th. On the ...more
My favorite writer about planetary science is, hands down, Emily Lakdawalla. She writes an occasional article for Sky & Telescope magazine, whose editor informed me on a recent astronomy-themed tour that “Emily is the consummate professional”. Where you can really keep up with her interests, however, is her blog at the Planetary Society website.
Here is ...more
Greetings, fellow Hornets! The time has finally come for me to compose my final blog. As most of us are preparing for exam week or graduation, I want to thank you all for helping to make my Lynchburg College experience more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. It truly is always a good day ...more
Hello, fellow Hornets! I hope that you are all prepared for your last full week of classes! Finals are right around the corner! This week I would like to focus my blog on the importance of environmental education for all people, regardless of educational or personal interests. I hope that after reading this blog, you ...more
Happy Earth Week, fellow Hornets!! I hope that you are all as excited as I am to celebrate all of the wonder and beauty that comprises planet Earth!! That being said, I am thrilled to share some information with you about upcoming Earth Week events, as well as Earth Day held every year on April ...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