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The Abbreviated History of a Scientist (Namely, Myself)

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My first word was JET, since we lived near an Air Force base and experienced sonic booms on a regular basis. My fascination with the heavens took off from there. Growing up, my family went camping and backpacking a lot, and one of my clearest memories of that time is looking up at a dark,   …Continue Reading


Flying Low and Slow Over a Lava Flow

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This September, Larry Crumpler, a research colleague at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and I were able to fly in the back seats of two weight-shifting ultralight aircraft during a two-hour flight over the McCartys lava flow in central New Mexico. This flow is 3,000 years old and over 47 km   …Continue Reading


This Pie is out of this World

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It’s said that “art imitates life,” but how about baked goods imitating geologic formations!  Strange as it might seem, the MESSENGER spacecraft that has been orbiting the planet Mercury since March, 2011 has discovered unusual groups of ridges and troughs that do just that – imitate a common baked-good, a pie.  Families of extensional troughs   …Continue Reading


Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics… and Pre-Kindergarten

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President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign, announced last year, calls for increased literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all students. Increased STEM literacy means increased understanding of key scientific concepts, increased familiarity with technology and its applications, and increased exposure to the experimental process. As one of the world’s most popular museums,   …Continue Reading