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Astronomy program at JCCC will host its Evening With The Stars open house and public lecture on Saturday, April 28th. Dr. Tom Armstrong will be giving a talk on the history of the human exploration of space and will share some stories that you won't get in any textbook! Afterwards, if the weather cooperates, we'll head up to the Paul Tebbe Observatory to look at the night sky.
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Star Mazda and the USF2000 continue to make strides toward very healthy grids! Two new drivers have come to the Mazda Road to Indy program. HenrikFuruseth will drive a FE for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in USF2000, and Ryan Tveter will drive for Team GDT in the Star Mazda Championship.
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Shaun does a nice job of critically analyzing the State of the Series address by INDYCAR's Randy Bernard. Some great and exciting things were announced, but there were also some issues left unaddressed.
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IndyCar teams have whinged about costs and budgets for the past few years causing long delays to the much needed equipment updates the series has needed and restricted the level of innovation allowed by the series. Next year we're still looking at a single chassis manufacturer with a single aerodynamic option. There won't even be a separate oval versus road course package save for the wings. Now we're looking at a record large 2012 grid with car counts easily in the high 20's and likely near 30. This leads me to think the IndyCar teams have been crying wolf, a move which could cost them dearly in the future.
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Article 151c isn't just for Formula 1 anymore. :S
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Cool new F1 Scheduler for Android devices developed by one of my twitter friends, HalfShaftBlues.
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I'm finally getting back to maintaining my blog at JCCC. Here's the first in a series of imaging the night sky. I talk about my latest attempt at a star trails image. Fighting the light pollution is, as always, a challenge.
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Nice work on the blog! I've always wanted to try this. I'm glad you included the camera settings.
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The 2012 season opener for the Rally America National Championship, the Sno*Drift Rally, was an amazing event! It was so cool to see some of the rally action live, and hear interviews live from the service park and the post-rally celebration.
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A timeline of the rise and fall of North One Sport's WRC promotion deal.
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+Zach Veach absolutely slaughtered the field today in quals for the Formula Car Challenge Winter Series.
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Do you want a judge to be able to take down a site without proper due process just because someone say you might be in copyright violations? Maybe that photo of your kid using a tablet showing the manufacture logo or just because there is a comment on your blog mentioning site site/location where copyrights are problems. PIPA and SOPA is something that you expect in a communist type country such as China, where the people have limited rights and voices. Time to take a stand and tell the government to stop trying to control our thoughts, behavior and restrict what we are allowed to say or do. Enuff already!
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Professor of Astronomy at JCCC
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  • OpenPaddock.net
    Chief Photographer & Mazda Road to Indy Editor, 2009 - present
  • Patterson Prints
    Owner, 2009 - present
  • Fundamental Technologies
    Researcher, 1998 - present
  • Johnson County Community College
    Professor of Astronomy, 1993 - present
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An educator, space physicist, gamer, gambler, and hack photographer.  

Educator:
I teach astronomy and physics at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.  Been here since 1993, and its been a great ride so far.  I started out teaching physics, but eventually moved to teaching astronomy and now I teach astronomy almost exclusively. The regular exception to my astronomy workload is a course team-teaching math and physics to game developers.  As a gamer myself, I have loved developing and teaching this course. Plus it gives me a great reason to go to the Game Developers Conference every spring!

Space Physicist:
Astronomers look at my research of the solar energetic particles in our heliosphere and claim, "You don't look at other stars, just ours, so you must be a physicist." Meanwhile, physicist look at what I do and claim, "Well, all your work is above our atmosphere. That makes you an astronomer!"  So where does that leave those of us who do what's now become known as Space Science?  In with the geologists as a part of the American Geophysical Union is where. Kinda messed up, isn't it? Its a blast, though, and I can't imagine any better field in which to work.  And work I have! I've been studying our heliosphere at Fundamental Technologies in Lawrence, KS since 1998.

Gamer & Gambler:
I have always loved games and competition ever since learning Scrabble from my crossword-addicted grandmother who seemed to know every word in the English language. She never cut me any slack and because of that I became a better player and learned to be a student of the game.  Now whenever I play any game, I treat it like my grandmother taught me to treat Scrabble. I become a student of the game and of the strategies involved. Poker tops my all-time list of favorite games. Skill, chance, drama, conflict, its all there in a game that's simple to learn, but takes a lifetime to master. Simply brilliant!

Photographer:
I've always been interested in photography and was set on being an artist early on, until I discovered the wonders of physics.  As a poor college student, I couldn't afford the continual cost of film and development, so unfortunately I drifted away from that hobby.  My wife got be back into it a few years ago when we purchased a simple point-n-shoot.  I was hooked all over again and now we own our own business, Patterson Prints where my wife sells her fine-arts photography and offers product and property photography services. While I enjoy the fine-art photography, my real passion is motorsports photograph! I currently serve as Chief Photographer for OpenPaddock.net and shoot several IndyCar, ALMS, and Rally America events each year.
Education
  • University of Central Missouri
    Physics, B.S., 1987 - 1991
  • Ball State University
    Physics, M.S., 1991 - 1993
  • University of Kansas
    Physics, PhD., 1997 - 2002