The Journal Gazette

Nobel experiments

The Nobel Prize for physics was announced a couple of weeks ago. I have always thought it a nice occasion to spend time describing what we u

October 19, 2021

Overdue mandate

When I started my first job as a professor, I had to wear an official academic robe for the students' graduation ceremony. Since I would ha

October 5, 2021

Research threat

An important case was decided a couple of weeks ago; a physicist was acquitted. The charges accused him of wire fraud and making false stat

September 21, 2021


Neighborhoods battling predatory signage Thanks to the Journal Gazette for the Aug. 19 article, “Sell-your-house signs stir debate.&#

September 10, 2021

Lesson plan

I would not have guessed that school boards would become the center of arguments over the virus. Northwest Allen County Schools' board has

September 7, 2021

Fire alarm

The wildfires in California are making regular headlines. We've even seen evidence of the smoke here in Indiana. There are several major ca

August 17, 2021

Adapt and survive

Our path through this pandemic has taken another turn, unfortunately. New CDC guidelines and news conferences about mask requirements are r

August 3, 2021

New kind of trust

Lina Khan was recently confirmed to lead the Federal Trade Commission. I strongly suspect she, and the agency, will be in the news frequentl

July 20, 2021

Hopeful outcomes

The pandemic in the U.S. appears to be in the end stages. Vaccines are widely available to adults and older children and appear to be workin

July 6, 2021


Openness to technology broadens opportunities In response to James Crouse's letter regarding the sale of NIPR's 94.1 frequency (June 11), w

June 18, 2021

The addition of subtraction

I know of two common ways kids learn how to ride a bike. When I learned, my parents added training wheels to the back and I practiced. When

June 15, 2021

Perpetuating cruelty

In many states, 33 to be exact, bills related to transgender children have either been introduced or passed into law. For example, a newly

June 1, 2021


State's leadership debate leaves lingering question The kerfuffle involving Gov. Eric Holcomb, the legislature and Attorney General Todd Ro

May 25, 2021

Money as motivation

The news is filled with stories of managers complaining about difficulty in hiring. These stories usually highlight the idea that unemployme

May 18, 2021

The pace of process

Sometimes I am frustrated by how slow the scientific process can be. Example: Scientists measuring the behavior of particles have been test

May 4, 2021

Cash flow

It appears that, this coming month, senators and representatives will be considering a new bill for significantly increasing science funding

April 20, 2021

By the numbers

The statewide mask requirement is ending today. I am not happy about that. The argument for the mask requirement being statewide is straigh

April 6, 2021

The alchemy of racism

As our society enters the recovery phase from the virus, I didn't expect Dr. Seuss to be a hot topic. I suspect it is yet another example o

March 16, 2021

Shot of success

When this pandemic began, news coverage emphasized where the virus was most common, first Seattle, then New York City, then other places. T

March 2, 2021

A shot for employment

As the vaccine rollout continues, mostly by age, many states have prioritized teachers. The logic seems straightforward: Opening schools is

February 16, 2021

Exponential decline

Impatience is sometimes a virtue. Take, for example, the push to reach widespread immunity to the coronavirus. I am impatient for us to rea

February 2, 2021

A national reset

I am relieved we are having a transition to a new administration. I am especially relieved that many positions of leadership for scientific

January 19, 2021

The proper route(r)

I had to make phone calls to two utility companies last week. Neither was a big deal, but the difference between them was a small reminder a

January 5, 2021

The messenger is the medium

I heard a piece of advice about how best to survive a long struggle: celebrate the victories. The victories can be small or big, but make su

December 15, 2020

A nation in transition

There is something unique about following a story in a day-to-day way. We are all seeing a presidential transition without a concession. I

December 1, 2020