The connectedness of everything

You might find that an undergraduate education in Physics seems dated: the important ideas all come from the period roughly 1600 – 1940.  Sometimes it is hard to see the big picture, what the major unsolved problems are, and how these are all connected.

That’s why I was really impressed with this interactive graphic from Quanta Magazine.  It’s a map of various fields of physics, their top unsolved questions, and how these are connected to one another.  There are lots of links to dozens of articles and videos where you can explore further.

Check it out!

Education/outreach opportunities

The Department of Astronomy has a vigorous education and outreach program, with the OSU’s Arne Slettebak Planetarium playing a major role.

We welcome and encourage participation by undergraduates of all majors, especially those working towards a career in education or public outreach.

You can be informed of opportunities by subscribing to the Department’s EPO mailing list.  To get on this list, please write to the Director of the Planetarium, Dr. Wayne Schlingman, with a request to join.  His email is

This blog will also highlight education opportunities, but you’ll get more current information on the EPO mailing list.

Featured Resource: Student Wellness Center

From time to time, I will highlight a campus resource that might be helpful to you.  Links to these will be gathered in a page called Student Resources, which can be reached in the menu above.

Today’s featured place is the Student Wellness Center.  Their mission is to empower students to strive for balance and wellness.  “Wellness” is an active, ongoing process which involves becoming aware of and taking steps toward a healthier, happier, more successful life.  They provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for students who are dealing with sex and relationships, problems of addiction, body image issues, stress and time management, and many many other things that can interfere with wellness, happiness, and having a sense of accomplishment.

I can speak from personal experience that sometimes it’s really helpful to get some advice from experienced people.  College is stressful enough already, and the burdens we carry (or acquire) can get in the way.  Sometimes even knowing that there’s a name for the feelings you experience can work wonders for your outlook.