Hockey season is winding to a close, and that’s good news for Professor Lou Bloomfield, who will now have a little extra time in his busy schedule. During the season, he produces a video segment - shown on cable TV and the stadium JumboTron, explaining the science of this sport.
Lou Bloomfield has been a professor of physics at the University of Virginia for nearly 30 years, He teaches a course called How Things Work.
“How does a violin work? How does a microwave oven work? What’s static electricity? Why do magnets stick to your refrigerator?”
It’s not unusual for top college professors to win awards – Nobel prizes and Pulitzers – but one member of the University of Virginia faculty was recently honored in a surprising way. Little known in this country, he was knighted by a foreign government.
For almost as long as there has been war, writers, poets and playwrights have offered their perspectives on the experience. From Sophocles to Shakespeare -to the present day, war and its aftermath continue to be explored in books, movies and poetry. But despite all that’s been written and said and thought about war, there is not a single academic department in the U.S. devoted to “veterans studies.” Some scholars at Virginia Tech are looking to change that.
Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.
Much of it, in the form of objects: candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art. Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.