I’m in a Cornbread State of Mind: The South Pittsburg, TN Cornbread Festival

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 Arguably the south’s cornerstone cuisine, cornbread traces its roots to Native Americans who originally made the dish with maize.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 […]

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In Defense of Public Education

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 […]

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Thoughts on Hidden Figures

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 […]

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Book Review: The Princess Diarist

“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 […]

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