AAS-AAPT 07, T-6 and counting

AAS-AAPT 07, T-6 and counting

aas_aapt_seattle_logo.jpgMy first trip to AAS as a journalist was the 2003 Seattle meeting. This year the conference returns to that great rainy city of the North west. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to see you. If you aren’t going to be there, but want to keep track of what I’m up to, watch this site for frequent updates.

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The List

What exactly makes someone culturally literate? What books should you read? What movies should you see? What about those things specific to Nerd or Geek Culture? What things does a person need to know to be able to make relevant quips at a cocktail party or to include appropriate quotes in conversations? What experiences are necessary to grok “grok” and comprehend the clichés of our counter-culture?

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Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

Pencil RocketThere are certain days as a teacher when you know you have done your job right. For me, one of those days was today. One of the classes I teach is “Space Physics.” In this 3 credit class, my students and I go on a tour de force of the history of spacecraft and exploration of our solar system. At the beginning of the semester, none of my six students had ever watched a space shuttle launch on TV, and their interest in the class existed, but let’s just say they didn’t seem eager and excited to learn as much as they could. But today, the last day of the semester, I saw that all this had changed. These were excited students, ready to take what they had learned and run (or rather fly) with it as far as they could. For some of them, that distance was a few hundred feet straight up.

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