Every year the small town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee opens its doors to a staggering 25,000 tourists in an all-American celebration of a favorite southern food staple: cornbread. Arguably the south’s cornerstone cuisine, cornbread traces its roots to Native Americans who originally made the dish with maize. The modern incarnation of cornbread takes many forms […]Read more "I’m in a Cornbread State of Mind: The South Pittsburg, TN Cornbread Festival"
As a science enthusiast who also happens to be an occasional practitioner, I get the opportunity to attend a fair amount of talks by scientists. This week I attended a talk for a general audience on upcoming US planetary science missions given by an astrophysicist. In every public-facing, general science talk I’ve been to, it’s […]Read more "In Defense of Public Education"
Growing up in Kentucky, one of the first trips I remember taking as a child was to Mammoth Cave National Park. Located in western Kentucky just outside Bowling Green (also the birthplace of Corvettes), Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, with over 400 miles of passages mapped to date. Discovered in […]Read more "Travelogue: Wild Cave Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park"
When Gustav Holst penned his best known orchestral work The Planets in 1913, astronomy was a new and emerging field. So emergent, in fact, that little was known about the planetary bodies at the center of the work – their atmospheres, specific orbital patterns, surfaces, environments – beyond the fact that they existed as spheres […]Read more "Holst’s The Planets at the Nashville Symphony"
When Katherine Johnson, a career research mathematician at NASA Langley Research Center, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in 2014 (for her calculation of John Glenn’s orbital trajectory, among numerous other technical accomplishments), she recalled a quote from her father that has guided her life: “You are no better than anybody […]Read more "Thoughts on Hidden Figures"
When I did my first internship in Huntsville, Alabama in the summer of 2007, there was only a single brewery. When I did my last internship four years later in 2011, there were two. Fast forward five years later – to an era where I now call Huntsville home – and there are 9 craft […]Read more "Craft Beer Tour of Huntsville, Alabama"
“I’ve got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair. Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience, and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my […]Read more "Book Review: The Princess Diarist"