Tuesday, October 7, 2008

News Day

There are a couple of things happening I thought might be worth posting:

1. The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded. To three men:

The three, Yoichiro Nambu, 87, a Tokyo-born American citizen, Makoto Kobayashi (64) and Toshihide Maskawa (68) of Japan were honored for their research on the spontaneous broken symmetries in sub-atomic physics, which was mostly done in the 1960s and 1970s.

“Spontaneous broken symmetry conceals nature’s order under an apparently jumbled surface,” the academy said in its citation. “Nambu's theories permeate the standard model of elementary particle physics. The model unifies the smallest building blocks of all matter and three of nature’s four forces in one single theory.”

Referring to Kobayashi and Maskawa’s work, the committee noted that they “explained broken symmetry within the framework of the standard model but required that the model be extended to three families of quarks.”

2. The UNF-ization of MOC A seems to be moving forwards, with some interesting new ramifications. From the Business Journal:

"If UNF does acquire MOCA, Delaney told the board, it would be wholly owned by the university, which would try to maintain the museum’s nonprofit 501(c)3 status. MOCA’s board would remain in place, with the possible addition of UNF representation, and the museum’s director would report to the board and UNF."

3. The Outer Box Show at the Women’s Center opens October the 16, 6-8 p.m., and yours truly is showing a couple of drawings if you are curious about what I do when I am not typing.

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