09/05/2011 04:22:20 AM
I still remember the moment I found out I was selected to attend the GRAIL launch NASA Tweetup. While driving home from the annual meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, I found myself getting a little tired so I decided to stop off and grab a shot of sugar via a strawberry milkshake. As I [...]
08/05/2011 11:03:03 AM
It's been over thirty years since the original airing of Carl Sagan's famous Cosmos miniseries. In a recent announcement, Fox revealed that it will be producing an update version with Neil deGrasse Tyson as its new host.
08/04/2011 10:43:23 AM
Tomorrow marks the first launch window for the Juno mission, NASA’s latest New Frontiers space probe. After a five year trip through the inner Solar System, including an Earth flyby in 2013, Juno will arrive at Jupiter in 2016. While there the spacecraft will measure properties related to the planet’s atmosphere, magnetic field, and gravitational field. Ideally [...]
07/25/2011 08:08:46 AM
The last day of The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM) 9 had finally arrived. After three days of skeptical talks I was physically wearing down, but mentally I was still going strong. (See my accounts of thee first three days in my Prologue, Day 1, and Day 2 posts.) I decided to skip the previous night’s festivities in order to catch up [...]
07/21/2011 13:45:55 PM
In two prior posts (My First Amaz!ng Meeting Prologue and My First Amaz!ng Meeting Day 1) I covered the pre-meeting workshops and the first full day of The Amaz!ng Meeting, TAM 9 from Outer Space. Following in order (which seems like a natural thing to do), it’s time for day 2. After a late night of [...]
07/20/2011 20:42:17 PM
My retrospective coverage of day 1 of TAM 9 from Outer Space.
07/20/2011 13:14:47 PM
I know, I know, those LEGO trophies are awesome! But much more important than the trophies are why these three girls are holding them. They are the winners of the first Google Science Fair.
07/19/2011 16:12:10 PM
About eighteen months ago I started listening to the podcast Skepticality, an official podcast of Skeptic magazine. The hosts of Skepticality would often begin a podcast by promoting the upcoming annual skeptics meeting known as The Amaz!ng Meeting (TAM). At that time I had no idea how big TAM really is, so I made the mistake of [...]
07/08/2011 22:00:06 PM
Seeing the last ever space shuttle launch today will be a memory I will always carry with me.
07/07/2011 22:25:55 PM
It all started earlier today with a text message from my wife, U should put the kids in the car and go see the shuttle launch. My reply, I’ve thought about that. I don’t think I can get tickets though. Being an astronomer and just a general nut about science I’ve always wanted to see [...]
05/18/2011 06:33:14 AM
Do you know what distinguishes a good student from bad student? A good student wants to leave college with more than just a degree. They want knowledge. There are a number of observations that can guide you in deciding which kind of student youR
05/09/2011 12:46:08 PM
Over the years I've come to enjoy participating in commencement. I find it rewarding to watch students that I've played a role in their education, even if it's only for a single class out of many, to earn that sought after dream, a college diploma.
03/12/2011 19:14:56 PM
Before I begin talking about this book I need to apologize. The book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum deserved so much more of my attention than I was able to give it. As
02/26/2011 16:05:24 PM
Science is great. It's especially great when a student can share a moment with their advisor or professor.
02/21/2011 20:31:20 PM
Sometimes the textbooks we choose to use for a class presents the material in unusual or confusing ways. The question is then, do we as instructors, have an obligation to teach with the text, or can we teach against the text instead?
02/07/2011 19:16:02 PM
It seems like all the physicists that I like have problems. So who is my favorite physicists?
01/25/2011 14:51:11 PM
I’m usually not one for webcomics, but there are a select few that I do follow through my RSS feed reader. Of these, my favorite is Calamities of Nature. If you’re reading this blog (and enjoy it) then you’ll probably also like Cala
01/24/2011 12:01:41 PM
We are now less than two years away from our cataclysmic death. At least that would be the case if you believe the claims that the world is going to end on the 2012 winter solstice. Personally, I’m not one of them. I’ve lost count, an
01/19/2011 19:03:30 PM
It started with a brief email from a local news reporter asking if I was interested in speaking about the recent viral news for a 13th zodiac sign. Sure, why not I thought. So I immediately replied. No kidding, within 45 minutes of receiving the init
01/16/2011 07:34:09 AM
Have you heard the Earth shattering news (to be read with sarcasm)? Your zodiac sign may have changed! So if you were once a Pisces, like I was, you may now be an Aquarius. To make things worst, there’s now a thirteenth astrological sign, Ophi
01/08/2011 16:15:43 PM
Recently the president of the American Atheists, David Silverman, appeared on the O’Reilly Factor. Silverman was invited on the show to discuss the billboards sponsored by the American Atheists. To some, as O’Reilly is quick to points, th
01/05/2011 20:26:55 PM
It’s that time of year again where I’m hard at work writing syllabi for the upcoming semester. This spring I’m slated to teach Astro 101 for the umpteenth time, in addition to my first go at the introductory, calculus-based physics
12/31/2010 08:09:13 AM
A simple, yet elegant publication I really wish I had thought of myself.
12/29/2010 21:29:06 PM
In teaching astronomy and physics to general education students, I’ve come across my fair share of students with a math anxiety. It’s really unfortunate. Not only are the top paying jobs in America highly dependent on mathematical reaso
12/22/2010 15:23:02 PM
On a recent vacation to Walt Disney World, I recorded our family's adventures through a series of whimsical twitter updates. Here are those tweets gathered together for one time only.
12/01/2010 15:40:25 PM
Have you heard the really cool news? LEGO and NASA signed a Space Act Agreement. Over the next three-years these two icons of inspiration will partner together to encourage today's youth to participate in STEM fields.