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Archive for 2009

The Wright Brothers’ Sister
December 26th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Wilbur and Orville Wright won a place in history for unraveling the secrets of heavier-than-air flight, but their charismatic sister, Katharine Wright, deserves a lot of credit.  Cindy Wilkey (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) says the brothers, who never married, were shy and reserved and that Katharine devoted her life to running their home […]

'Tis the Season
December 19th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Whether it’s a traditional hymn or a rock and roll Christmas song, many people say Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the music that marks this season.  The sense of joy, comfort, or spiritual uplift comes in classical, popular, jazz, and even world music.    Poet Tim Siebles (Old Dominion University), ethnomusicologist Anne Rasumssen (William and […]

Achieving Love and Intimacy in Marriage
December 12th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

After teaching courses on marriage and family relations to community college students for 40 years, it’s clear to Russ Crescimanno (Piedmont Virginia Community College) that most couples don’t have a clue on how to compromise.  There is, he says, a science to love and intimacy, and many rocky marriages could thrive if couples would just […]

Touché!: Stage Fighting
December 5th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Real-life fights are always sloppy and chaotic.  The trick to staging a good fight in is to “order chaos.”  Gregg Lloyd (Christopher Newport University) is a professional actor and fight director who has mastered the art of creating the illusion of violence on stage, making it look effortless.   Also: An “aural landscape” created for […]

The Making of a Civil Rights Museum
November 28th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

In 1951, young Barbara Johns led a student walkout to protest conditions at the segregated Moton High School in Farmville, VA.  Her actions led to a lawsuit, one of a number that eventually helped strike down the doctrine of “separate but equal.”  Lacy Ward, Jr.  (Longwood University) is Director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum. […]

A 100-Mile Thanksgiving
November 21st, 2009 - (0 Comments)

With Good Reason invites you to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but nearly everything on the table is grown, made, or brewed, within 100 miles of Charlottesville, Virginia.  The dinner host, Tim Beatley (University of Virginia),  introduced the 100-mile Thanksgiving idea to his students after reading The 100-mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating.  About 95 […]

Your Next Stop… the Twilight Zone
November 14th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Rod Serling may have gotten it right when he said, “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man.”  Physics professor John Simonetti (Virginia Tech) is exploring the possibility of an extra dimension beyond the three dimensions of space and one of time.  Also featured: Andres Sousa-Poza (Old Dominion University) and his […]

The "Discovery" of North America
November 7th, 2009 - (4 Comments)

When the British planted a cross and their flag on territory previously unclaimed by European nations, they were, Chief Justice John Marshall would later say, exercising a right of discovery that extended back to the 15th-century colonization by Spain and Portugal of non-Christian lands.  Historian Robert J. Miller and Karenne Wood (Virginia Foundation for the […]

Hope for Trapped Miners
October 31st, 2009 - (0 Comments)

It has been three years since the tragic deaths of the 13 trapped miners in West Virginia.  In an effort to prevent such an event from happening again, Col. Jim Squire, Lt. Col. Jay Sullivan, and Maj. Elizabeth Baker (Virginia Military Institute) have developed a device that uses seismic waves to communicate with miners trapped […]

Serial Killers and Suicide Bombers
October 24th, 2009 - (0 Comments)

Think you could pick out a serial killer in a crowd? Mike Aamodt (Radford University) says you couldn’t if your life depended on it.  Aamodt has compiled a database profiling information on more than 1,700 serial killers around the world.  The data were collected, in part, to determine whether the commonly used profile of a […]