- As of Sepember, 1998, I am enrolled in graduate studies in astronomy
at the University of Victoria!
- UVic Physics and Astronomy Department talks page
- Herzberg Institute for
Astronomy (HIA) seminar
In my last semester at the University
of Guelph, I did my Advanced Project with John
Canadian Space Agency - where I worked
in the summer and fall of 1997. I went down to Kennedy Space Centre
with some other summer students to see the launch of space
shuttle Discovery for mission STS-85.
Centre for Research in Particle
Physics - where I worked in 1996 on my 2nd and 3rd co-op work terms.
U of G PIXE - the lab
I worked at in my 1st co-op work term.
In my last semester at Guelph, I helped organize a Physics
Club trip to Fermilab,
the world's largest proton accelerator in Chicago, Illinois (check out
their neat-looking set of postcards).
As weekend road trips go, it was a pretty good time. We got to see some
cool buildings at Fermilab, and even made it into town for some deep dish
pizza at Giordano's and some blues
at Blue Chicago.
The annual Canadian Undergraduate
Physics Conference (CUPC), held at Guelph in 1996 and at UBC in 1997,
is always a fun time. Some pictures of the Guelph delegation at CUPC97
can be found on the U
of G Physics Club homepage.
John Dutcher's Solid
State Physics course web page.
Physics II are two courses taught by a very good prof, Eric
Poisson, that I have taken.
- Interesting science-related webpages:
- NASA info on all the Space
Shuttle launches including Hubble Space Telescope launch
mission, STS-31, in April 1990.
- A good article about the initial
flaw in the Hubble Space
- STSCI (Space Telescope Science Institute) and NASA webpages on the installation of the ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys), built at STSCI and Johns Hopkins University, on the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Mars Pathfinder Mission
was all the rage (in the summer of 1997).
- Some articles on the loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter due to a metric
conversion mistake - CNN
article, Slashdot posting.
- Richard Feynman's Personal Observations on the Reliability of the Space Shuttle and
- On the space shuttle Columbia disaster and its cause - CNN report, New
Scientist, Slashdot posting
- 2 million galaxy Automatic Plate Measuring (APM) Galaxy
- The average color of the
universe (it's beige), measured by Karl Glazebrook and Ivan Baldry using data from
the 2dF Galaxy Redshift
Survey (221k galaxies, z < 0.3), corrected from their initial
- Luiz da Costa's overview of galaxy redshift surveys.
- Niel Brandt's Timelines and
Scales of Measurement webpage.
- The destruction of the Mt. Stromlo observatory by wildfires near Canberra,
Australia in January, 2003. Some pictures (1, 2, 3 of the destroyed buildings and an email about the disaster. More info on the ANU (Australian National University) website. Article updating the reconstruction one year later.
- "Pre-discovery" of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) by Canadian astronomer
Andrew McKellar. A brief
history of the CMB.
- Obituaries and biographies of some
noteworthy scientists (AAS
list, National Academy of
Sciences biographical memoirs):
- Charles Danforth's Academic
- Kevin Krisciunas' Strange Cases
from the Files of Astronomical Sociology
- Alan Lightman's book Origins: The Lives and Worlds of Modern Cosmologists.
- NYU Phyics Professor Alan Sokal and the "Social Text Affair".
There are some very cool java applets for physics education
2000 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The physics department
website at the University
of Oregon also has some good educational applets.
Of course you never know when a periodic
table will come in handy!
Particles and Interactions Chart (1995) from Contemporary
Physics Education Project
Zombeck's Handbook of Space Astronomy & Astrophysics.
- Pat Hall's
Job Rumor Central and Astrophysics Job Rumor Mill page
Astronomy Meetings List courtesy of CADC
abstracts on astro-ph e-print archives or search NASA ADS