(Remember when having a personal "home page" was hip and trendy? I built this a long time ago. I don't maintain it anymore, but I've left it here for the sake of nostalgia. --Mark)
Go here for my work/research page. You may also view my CV/résumé in [Postscript] [PDF] or [Plain text]
Check out some of these useful astronomy links:
The Messier Objects Database, provided by the University of Arizona chapter of SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space).
Want to observe comets? Try Seiichi Yoshida's weekly information about bright comets.
The Solar Terrestrial Dispatch
is a good starting place for learning more about the Sun-Earth
connection and the
aurora (northern/southern lights).
Backcountry Hiking and Camping. I try to get away to the southern hills of Illinois or the forests of upper Michigan or Wisconsin every year in the spring and fall, but natural surroundings were obviously not the main factor in my choice of grad school.
When visiting scenic places, I enjoy improving my photography skills.
Five summers ago I explored a good-sized chunk of the Willamette National
Forest in the wonderful state of Oregon. Visit my
waterfall page to see pictures of these plus
other waterfalls in the midwest and the tropics. I also like to experiment
with low light and astrophotography; see the Pohnpei tour below.
Travel and volunteer work. While in college I had the opportunity to serve as a high school teacher at the Pohnpei Seventh-day Adventist School in the Federated States of Micronesia, teaching computers and some music and math. I really grew attached to the place and the people there, and would love to go back some day.
Take a tour of beautiful Pohnpei! (many more pictures)
Cool fact: Pacific islanders were settling the far-flung islands
of the Pacific in ocean-going canoes long before Columbus stumbled onto
America. Check out the
Society at the University of Hawaii for more on this often-overlooked
Designing and building scientific instruments. See my new projects page.
The aurora detectors were my senior design project at Walla Walla College, and one is still operating near Walla Walla, Washington. Coupled with some custom software and a mailing list running on my Linux box, this system can wake you up at night when the northern lights expand unusually far south. There is quite a bit of online documentation now:
Linux system administration on my personal computer, an AMD Athlon box named angwin.
Last updated 27 April 2003