Summer Journal: Part 1

There has been too much happening this summer to stop and write about it. Instead, here are scenes and some short verses describing this summer so far. Needless to say, if there wasn’t even time to write… it was one heck of a ride.

Anti-Steve: The Weeks in Review, Feb. 6 – 18

I am on an approved leave from teaching and university service this semester so that I can focus on research. While I’ve had a number of things going since before the New Year, the last two weeks have been the start of the “traveling” phase of my semester. For me, it’s “Phase 1” – I’ll… Continue reading Anti-Steve: The Weeks in Review, Feb. 6 – 18

LIGO, VIRGO, and February 11, 2016

100 years ago, Albert Einstein published what is considered the foundational work of his theory of “General Relativity,” a scientific theory of space and time. Tomorrow, two large experiments and collaborations – LIGO and VIRGO – will present the status of their searches for one of the last undiscovered predictions of General Relativity: travelling distortions… Continue reading LIGO, VIRGO, and February 11, 2016

Anti-Steve: The Week in Review (2/27)

The past week was a busy one: judging at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF), the Dallas “Icepocalypse” that shut down SMU for 1.5 days and led to a ridiculous amount of work getting done, meetings with my students about their “Grand Challenge Physics Problem,” SMU Research Day, ATLAS research, and hardware research… Continue reading Anti-Steve: The Week in Review (2/27)

Anti-Steve: The Week in Review (2/20)

I thought it might be nice to use this blog to . . . you know . . . actually blog. “Blog” is derived from “Web Log,” a journal or log kept by a person but broadcast publicly on the web. So in this week’s inaugural “Anti-Steve” [1], here are some things that happened this… Continue reading Anti-Steve: The Week in Review (2/20)

Messages from Blois

For the second time, I will be attending the Rencontres de Blois, a yearly conference that represents a convergence (perhaps even a conversation) between cosmology, astronomy, astrophysics, and particle physics. Held in the Chateau de Blois, a castle perched above the Loire River in Blois, France, this conference will bring the opportunity to discuss the… Continue reading Messages from Blois

My comments at today’s second P5 Town Hall Meeting

I am Stephen Sekula, an Assistant Professor of Physics at SMU conducting research on the ATLAS Experiment. These comments will be my own, and I will try to take a broad view. Let me begin by thanking the members of the Panel for this opportunity to speak, and let me also send my greetings to… Continue reading My comments at today’s second P5 Town Hall Meeting

Moments in Time: Consider the Big Dipper

The Big Dipper played a small but important role in how I became a physicist. Here we see it as it looked from Berlin (Germany) in June 2011. From Ref. 2.

When I think back to my youth, I recognize a series of key moments that happened that led to my becoming a physicist. I often speak of one of those moments when I discuss physics with students or the general public. My father once recorded a documentary about physics entitled “The Creation of the Universe,”… Continue reading Moments in Time: Consider the Big Dipper

The Physics of an Electric Car – Cost per Mile and Other Questions

After owning a Honda Civic since 1998 that was new in 1998 – the only car that persisted in my household after my 2002 marriage to Jodi – Jodi and I decided last year to start saving for a new car. After checking out a Chevy Volt at the Texas States Fair, we made the… Continue reading The Physics of an Electric Car – Cost per Mile and Other Questions