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
Lithuanian Ramūnas Navardauskas led the field the entire way through the rain-soaked finish in Bergerac. He held off a ferocious sprint in the final kilometer to take the stage by seven seconds. I grabbed the image below as Navardauskas crossed the finish line (click on the image for a larger view).
Though it rained for much ...more
Vincenzo Nibali essentially won the 2014 Tour de France today with a dominating performance in the race's final mountain stage. The image below shows the moment with 8 km (5 mi) left when The Shark decided to chomp all his competition by zooming past Team Sky's Mikel Nieve Iturralde (click on the image for a ...more
If we are in a room that looks like us, sounds like us and/or thinks like us, we may be good people. We may even do good things. But… we are not the Kingdom of God.
- Dr. Chuck Poole, senior pastor, Northminister Baptist Church, Jackson, MS
Like all good Baptist preacher types, I attend meetings. I ...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
Hello LC peeps! It’s that time again to answer all the deep perplexing questions that come to your mind every time you walk/drive by the Drysdale Student Center site. So let me try to answer some of the more common and perplexing questions:
Why does my building rattle and shake all day long?
The simple answer would ...more
It’s almost Father’s Day. A time of reflection on our fathers or those who have served as fathers in our lives. My father died when I was a young adult. Father’s Day after that was very difficult to celebrate. I found myself avoiding those beautiful card displays in shops, grocery stores and drug stores. They ...more
Hello LC Community! Hope you are finding some sun and possibly even a little fun as the summer begins. Things are getting warmer every day here, especially at our weekly construction meetings — 25 guys jammed into a trailer will definitely clear out your sinuses or make you wish you didn’t have them. Well, you ...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
This week the sky offers some absolutely “gonna-be-there” viewing, plus a tantalizing possibility for a once every few decades special event. Both of these, of course, depend on there being clear skies at your viewing location.
First, the sure thing. Three naked-eye planets are visible in the early evening sky just after sunset, and will be ...more
I was struck by how green and crisp looking the Dell was this morning as I walked across it in the early morning hours. Mother Nature sure let loose yesterday washing away dust, pollen, two port-a-johns, six squirrels in a pontoon boat, the Hornet Statue, and a golf cart or two. We found most of ...more
When helping to interview candidates for open positions on campus, I am often asked to name one thing I really love about Lynchburg College. One of my usual responses has to do with the fact that we are a bit like a greenhouse for students who come to us in various stages of growth and ...more
In case you haven’t figured it out, we are in exam week. Classes do not meet at the same time as they usually do so you might want to check your exam schedule. I still have nightmares about exam week.
Oh no my alarm was set for PM rather than AM!!!
I thought the exam was optional??
You mean that ...more
Monday, in celebration of the last day of classes, there was a Bubble Wrap Stomp in front of Schewel Hall, sponsored by the Spiritual Life Center. We had a blast! There is something therapeutic about popping bubble wrap, and it turns out jumping on it is even more fun. Even folks who wouldn’t risk the ...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
Hello again, fellow Hornets! I hope you are all enjoying the gorgeous weather we have been having this past week. There are just over 21 days until the end of the semester!! This week I am extremely grateful to be able to focus on the dedication ceremony for the brand new Chandler Eco-Lodge located at ...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