Posts Tagged ‘Tom Marshburn

19
Oct
13

10.19.13 … followups … women leaders … arial … Tom and the goats …

politics:

October 18, 2013 1:27 PM EDT — Studies suggest women in both the minority and majority parties in Congress are more successful legislators than their male counterparts. Georgetown’s Michele Swers sits down with host Emily Heil to analyze why. (The Washington Post)

via Are women more effective lawmakers? – The Washington Post.

random: So what would I name a child if this was the criteria … Arial

My favorite font is Bodoni, so I used it as my daughter’s middle name.

via In My Home Office: Maira Kalman – WSJ.com

via 1.10.13 “Comparison is the thief of joy.” | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

Blessing of the beasts, Pope Francis:  he blessed one!

9.19.13 … “Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.” … | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

 

Pope Francis spoke with Forlani as the dog briefly sniffed the pontiffs robe and shoes.Forlani asked that his wife and daughter be blessed, the report stated, then the pope bent down and pet Asià.”[The pope] said, and a special blessing for [your] dog too. He broke the ceremonial rules as my presence on stage with Asià wasnt previously arranged,” Forlani said.When Jorge Mario Bergoglio took the name of St. Francis, it was a first for many reasons. Bergoglio was the first pope from Latin America, the first Jesuit pope and the first to choose the name Francis.St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, merchants and ecology. Animal lovers around the world took note when the pope chose the name of Fancis, hoping it would be a boon for animal rights.

via Pope Francis, An Advocate For Animals, Bends The Rules To Bless A Guide Dog : News : Nature World News.

Davidson College Class of ’82, Davidson College goats, Tom Marshburn:

Astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 eleventh from left, daughter Grace and wife Ann took a few minutes out of a busy morning on campus to visit the goats on the XC trails.

via Daybook Davidson.

9.26.13 … GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT… @AstroMarshburn comes home … | Dennard’s Clipping Service.

And this is a nice interview … NASA Astronaut Visits N.C. Hometown | WFAE.

26
Sep
13

9.26.13 … GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT… @AstroMarshburn comes home …

Davidson College Class of ’82, Tom Marshburn, NASA, ISS, @AstroMarshburn, public art, Jaume Plensa!:  It was a GREAT DAY TO BE A CLASS OF ’82 WILDCAT … Thanks, Tom (and Ann & Grace).  We walked the campus. Love the new sculpture (which looks a bit like Tom in his spacesuit loaded into the Soyuz rocket!)*

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Then we gathered for a reception and dinner at Carol Quillen, President of the College.

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We then ambled down to Duke Performance Hall   where Tom spoke for about an hour.  Tom was great.

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John and I with Davidson’s own Big Bang Theory cast! — with Tom  Marshburn and others.

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Dr. Bill Marshburn

And here’s a summary of his talk …

The fact that people a hundred years ago could figure out the laws of physics, how things move, without seeing it, is really amazing,” Marshburn said.

Marshburn described an experiment one of his fellow astronauts conducted during his spare time, in which granules of salt loose in an air-filled plastic bag began to clump together, something that could never be seen on Earth. This discovery was important to the way physicists theorize the formation of the universe.

“We understood how basketball-sized objects could come together to form planets, but we didn’t understand how particles could come together to form basketball-sized objects,” Marshburn explained.

Other experiments conducted on the space station have important real-world application here on Earth. One such experiment looked at capillary action, the process by which water flows through narrow spaces without the assistance of outside forces. What astronauts on the ISS learned about capillary action is currently being used to develop a handheld device that could conduct simple blood tests that currently require an entire medical laboratory.

“The reason why fluid engineers and physicists were doing the experiment was because it would be nice to have fuel tanks in space that don’t need pumps,” Marshburn said. “It turned out there were engineers on the ground that figured out that fluids in space act like very tiny amounts of fluid, microliters of fluid, [act] on the ground … That’s one of my favorite [experiments] because the medical application is so clear. A spaceflight need translated into a solution for NASA, but also for a medical purpose on Earth.”

While he’s unsure if his future holds a second sojourn aboard the ISS, Marshburn said that the most beautiful thing he saw in space was looking at the Earth and knowing it was his home.

“Looking at the planet Earth, the thing that jumps out at everyone first is the Bahamas, the emerald greens and blues. But over time as I looked at the Earth, I began to fall in love with the Earth again. And you learn to recognize places … and after that, my favorite place to look at was my home.”

via Back at home, Marshburn recounts the ‘magic of space’ | DavidsonNews.net.

*(updated 9.26.13 @ 10;00PM) John Syme writes the best Davidson College stories and now I’m thinking that sculpture at the beginning really does look like Tom 🙂 …

At the end of his presentation, when Marshburn’s PowerPoint relinquished the screen to his computer’s desktop, the juxtaposition of astronaut and regular guy came into focus: next to desktop folders marked “Cosmonauts” and “Award Debriefs” were others marked “Invest and Retire” and that old, familiar standby, “Files I Never Use.”

And in the “Launch Pad Tunes” folder? U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day,” Joe Satriani’s “Summer Song” and Muse, maybe a little “Uprising”?….

He also regaled us with the story of the “party of the century,” held in the JJ House that year, a costume party with the theme of dressing up as your repressed desire. Already as a 20-year-old, though, he knew his own desire to be an astronaut, and showed up wrapped in tin foil and sporting a borrowed motorcycle helmet….

via Daybook Davidson.

**(updated 9.27.13 @ 9:00AM) One friend spotted the picture of the sculpture and recognized it as a Jaume Plensa.  It is indeed a Jaume Plensa!

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11
Jun
13

6.11.13 … A Tribute To The Universe’s Favorite Astronaut …

tribute, Universe’s Favorite Astronaut,  Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, kudos:  You all know who my favorite astronaut is … but I sure enjoyed Cmdr Hadfield once I started following him.  🙂

53 year old Canadian astronaut and undisputed king of zero gravity social media, Chris Hadfield announced his retirement yesterday afternoon. Most recently, Hadfield was commander of the International Space Station (the first Canadian to do so).

He posted this rather poignant photo of Canadian Space Agency employees welcoming him back from

Through his tweets, photos, and videos, Hadfield brought us closer to the experience of living in space than anyone before. Let’s check out some of the highlights, shall we?

via A Tribute To The Universe’s Favorite Astronaut.

03
Jun
13

6.3.13 … I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had caught the bug … the bug is following the ISS and its dwellers … Currently i love to follow @AstroKarenN

ISS , NASA, Tom Marshburn,  Karen Nyberg, @AstroKarenN, education, space, science:  I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had caught the bug … the bug is following the ISS and its dwellers … I have to thank Davidson classmate Tom Marshburn for this new hobby.  Although I am missing the personal connection to Tom, I currently am following   Karen Nyberg, @AstroKarenN.  If you have school age children, I cannot think of a better way to introduce them to space and science. Oh, I  am waiting for her to answer questions about her hair …

Sunday morning Space Coffee House. Double Mocha Cappuccino and a Cinnamon Scone. Life is good in LEO. pic.twitter.com/nYqzpo0IbI

via Twitter / AstroKarenN: Sunday morning Space Coffee ….

Soyuz Launch

NASA’s Karen Nyberg, the European Space Agency’s Luca Parmitano and Russia’s Fyodor Yurchikhin are scheduled to launch to space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan onboard a Russian Soyuz spaceship at 4:31 p.m. EDT (2031 GMT), arriving at the space station about six hours later.

via Soyuz Launch Today To Send Astronauts, Cosmonaut To ISS.




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