I am a tenured Associate Professor at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, USA. I have my B.S. Degree with a Double Major in Chemistry and Physics and my Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with specialties in Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy, Instrument Design, and Automation Software Development. I teach in an interdisciplinary undergraduate program called Integrated Science, Business, and Technology in which our students study the process of developing scientific discoveries into new products and services using collaborative business practices. I develop and teach courses in Energy, Materials, and Informatics, and have personal research interests in Robotics and Machine Intelligence.
After joining Facebook as soon as La Salle was added to the Facebook servers in 2005 and Joining Twitter in 2007, I created the Facebook and Twitter accounts for the University as I was unable to convince our IT department that it was important for the University to have a presence on social media.
After openly sharing my personal Political positions as a Constitutional Conservative and my support of Donald Trump, the backlash on Facebook and Twitter was so severe that I no longer use those networks.
As a Conservative Academic, I understand and deeply experience what it means to be a minority. I'm giving Mastadon a spin in search of respectful conversation. #introduction
I'm not happy with how the Wil Wheaton situation was resolved. An admin was overwhelmed with frivolous reports about him and felt forced to exile him. I've said before that I think it sets a dangerous precedent on how a large group of people can mobilize to drive anyone off the fediverse. Mob rule is universally dangerous: Mods and admins must examine evidence and decide based on wrongdoing and danger, and not on how many times someone was reported.
Looking up at the stars in the sky, do you ever wonder if the galaxy is full of zombies?
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"The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretence was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current..."
– George Orwell, talking about social media, probably
I'm currently enrolled in the Physics Bachelor. I'm very curious about new discoveries and new technologies, hence my presence here on Mastodon (and @QOTO)
I am also an avid reader and I would love to get some recommendations from you all.
Nice to be here.
Petrichor, that fresh aroma you can smell after the rain, is caused by a little molecule called geosmin. The name literally means "earth smell." It's produced by soil bacteria and gives an earthy flavour to beets.
Humans are extremely sensitive to this scent – much, much more sensitive than sharks are to blood. Some think we evolved that way to find fresh drinking water after droughts.
I study photonic engineering. My current main interest is in physical phenomena, including Fourier optics, holography, light sources (e.g. lasers) and optical components (e.g. LCDs).
What do you think of a non-invasive brain interface?
Preferred programming language: C/C++
- Once I learned something about OpenCL, OpenMP, Qt,.....
Favorit operating system: Xubuntu/Win/Mac -> Cross-platform
Favourite musical instrument: Didgeridoo
Nice to be here.
I'm new here and it feels a bit like the first days on Twitter.
I'm a freelance science journalist and will soon start a serial about the history of CRISPR/Cas9 (the new gene editing tool, that is going to change the world, probably) at a new german independent science journalism platform called Riffreporter (https://www.riffreporter.de (no publisher required)). I work as a science journalist for nearly twenty years now, For some years I worked at a university, teaching and doing a project about health journalism (http://www.medien-doktor.de/medizin). I started creating podcasts (https://habichgehoert-fandichgut.de) and audiostories https://soundcloud.com/anhaeuser and I have blog called Plazeboalarm since 2005 about pseudosience, bad health reporting etc. at the german Scienceblogs http://scienceblogs.de/plazeboalarm
I can help with all things around science communication etc. #introduction
Hey folks. Chemistry teacher. BA in art and MS in computer science so I'm all over the place. Looking to burn off some ADD :) #introductions
I'm not a programmer, nor do I come from twitter, so forgive me if I find no use for the hashtag here (I only use it when talking to the preprocessor). However, this is an
I'm a composer, but I also do animations, relief prints and some writing. Curiosity brought me here, and possibly also the promise of being able to post equations should I ever need to.
I asked @Quinnae_Moon to profile @ContraPoints and sent @Holowaty to photograph and it was truly AMAZING https://www.theverge.com/tech/2018/8/24/17689090/contrapoints-youtube-natalie-wynn
@freemo Thank you for the warm welcome, it looks like this instance has been growing pretty rapidly lately. I can't wait to dive into some discussions around here!
I definitely plan to share some of the data I've been collecting. Much of my recent work involves irradiating air samples with neutrons (neutron activation), then detecting the sample's resulting gamma radioactivity on a spectrum to get a measure of trace quantities. I could upload some gamma spectra soon to show what I mean here! :)
Hi everyone, I am new to Mastodon, so I'm still not very familiar with the whole thing, but I smell very good premises!
I am a (soon to be) Physics PhD student, and I'm interested to links Statistical Mechanics and biological evolution.
Other than this, I like to read (and sometimes write) about the links between technological advancement, such as machine learning or social networks and changes in our society and politics!
Contrary to popular belief, nature does not abhor a vacuum.
99.9999999999999999999958% of the universe is completely empty. Give or take.
And the 0.0000000000000000000042% of the Universe which isn't empty is made of atoms – but atoms themselves are actually 99.9999999996% empty!
So everything is mostly nothing really.
When you look at it that way, it’s easy to justify eating an entire tub of ice cream.
I'm putting together a presentation for my students on the search for exoplanets, the Drake equation, and the Fermi Paradox. I've found that the big "are we alone out here" questions that I originally planned to focus on are being supplanted by me just wanting to read transit data and talk about spectrographs.
My kids are going to be so bored.
This is a photograph of Earth and the Moon taken from 1.44 billion km away, on July 19 2013.
Everyone you've ever known is living out their life here, on this little blue jewel, glittering faintly in the sunlight.
This tiny, delicate planet is all we have in the vastness of the Universe. Every living thing on it is part of our extended family.
All of us together, against a backdrop of unending darkness.
(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)
Science teacher. My mom thinks I'm cool.
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