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West Elementary School third grader Annione Platten reaches to close a human circuit at a recent "Physics is Phun" event sponsored by the Air Force Academy Dec. 11, 2009. "Physics is Phun" is an education outreach program run by the Academy's Physics Department to show children how fun physics, science, and mathematics can be. (U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Julie Imada) Physics really is 'phun': Program aims to turn kids onto science
Exploding hot dogs, the shock of a human electrical circuit and making lightning are all, well, "awesome!" in the mind of West Elementary third grader Annione Platten.Two Air Force Academy instructors, Capts. Evelyn Schumer and Justin Spring, visited Annione and his third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classmates Dec. 4 to put on a show as part of the
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Capt. Jesse Goolsby poses for a photo with his two daughters in this photo taken in the Goolsbys' home. The captain's most recent work, a short story called "Thirteen Steps," is scheduled to be published in Storyglossia magazine in February. (U.S. Air Force photo) Writing is in English instructor's bones
An instructor with the Air Force Academy's English and Fine Arts Department just can't get enough of his job.Capt. Jesse Goolsby has written several poems and short stories and has been published and recognized through such awards as the 2009 John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction. His newest work, "Thirteen Steps," is scheduled to be published
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Air Force Academy Cadets with the a cappella group In the Stairwell perform for KKTV Channel 11 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 11, 2009. The group of about 20 cadets has also recently performed in a statewide competition against groups from the University of Colorado, Denver University and Colorado State University. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Van Winkle) Academy's newest sound began 'In the Stairwell'
If it weren't for restrictions on where fourth-class cadets can and can't wander, one a cappella group might not exist -- at least not with their current name."In the Stairwell" was born when members of the Air Force Academy's Class of 2007 had to find a location for freshmen who enjoyed singing together. The name came from where the group met for
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Cadet 1st Class Austin McKinney is the Air Force Academy's 11th Marshall Scholarship recipient and one of 40 selected nationwide in 2009. He will attend the University of London in 2010 to pursue master's degrees in Latin American studies and in globalization and Latin American development. Cadet McKinney is a native of Detroit. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Marshall Scholar to focus on Latin America
Not only is Cadet 1st Class Austin McKinney at the top of his class academically, he is the Academy's newest Marshall Scholar.The management major with a minor in Spanish will attend the University of London next year to begin pursuing two master's degrees, one in Latin American studies and another in globalization and Latin American
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Cadet 1st Class Brittany Morreale is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars nationwide for 2009 and the 36th Air Force Academy cadet to receive the award. Cadet Morreale is a physics major with a minor in Japanese and will work toward a master's degree in physics at Oxford University after she graduates from the Academy. She is a native of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Don Branum) Academy cadet on the road to Oxford
The Air Force Academy's newest Rhodes Scholar said she visited several schools in her search for a university but could not pass up the sense of purpose she felt here."I was greatly impressed by the honor code and the feeling of family among the cadets that I visited," said Cadet 1st Class Brittany Morreale. "I thirsted to be part of an institution
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2009
Cadet Squadron 23 cadets celebrate their second-straight victory in the Commandant's Challenge at the Air Force Academy's Clune Arena Nov. 24, 2009. CS23 also shared first place in the "Falcon Feud" military knowledge competition with CS40. (U.S. Air Force photo/Johnny Wilson) Cadet Squadron 23 repeats as Commandant’s Challenge champs
Cadet Squadron 23 scored its second straight win for the top spot overall in the Commandant's Challenge this year. The annual event Nov. 21-23 pitted squadron against squadron in competitions testing the Cadet Wing's physical, intellectual and mental fitness. Cadets were outbriefed Nov. 23 in Clune Arena before the long-awaited Thanksgiving
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Hannah Marklin, 16, Academy's newest cadet for a day, poses at the tail of a Cessna during her visit to the Academy. Her weekend kicked off with a tour of the 98th Flying Training Squadron and a hanging harness training demo in its indoor training facility followed by an acrobatic glider demonstration and tour of the air traffic contol tower. Cadet Squadron 31 brings smiles to Cadet for a Day
For Hannah Marklin, 16, and the Academy's newest Cadet for a Day, it was a weekend packed with tours, football, aviation, demonstrations and hanging out with some 100 new friends.Hannah, her parents and friend Evan Simon, visited the Academy Nov. 12 through 14 and were feted by Cadet Squadron 31."All the cadets we hung out with were my favorite
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A group of six to eight Air Force Academy graduates from the Class of 1977 added an "F" to the "A" on the hill above CSU's football stadium in 1979. (U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Steven Simon) CSU's 'A'
It has been 30 years. Hopefully, the statute of limitations has expired on any crimes we may have committed. Maybe it hasn't, however. Most of my unindicted co-conspirators, perhaps intending to remain so, managed to ignore my recent letters asking for inputs. Those few hapless compatriots I was able to contact conveniently couldn't remember
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Dr. Michael Shaffer describes a research project Oct. 9, 2009, to determine why "black silicon" -- a product from sulfur being added to silicon using lasers -- absorbs up to 500 times more light than regular silicon. The research, underway at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., may decrease the cost per kilowatt-hour to produce solar energy. Dr. Shaffer is a contractor with MITRE Corporation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rachel Boettcher) Academy physicists probe mystery of 'black silicon'
Physicists here are researching new, more cost-efficient ways to create a substance that could make solar energy cheaper to produce. Dr. Michael Shaffer and retired Lt. Col. Jody Mandeville are using nanosecond bursts from a 200-milliJoule pulsed laser in the Academy's Physics Department to produce black silicon, which is made by treating silicon
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Members of the Air Force Academy men's and women's gymnastics teams pose for a group photo at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Denver Oct. 4. The teams raised more than $2,000 for breast cancer research. (U.S. Air Force photo courtesy of Athletic Communications) Falcon gymnasts support breast cancer cure
The gymnasts here are used to competing against other teams, but they came together to take on a much tougher opponent Oct. 4, taking to the streets of downtown Denver to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.Denver's Race for the Cure is one of nearly 120 such races that take place annually around the United States and in
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