Research Blog
SciLands Panel
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Sadly, I couldn’t attend the Second Life Community Conference in Chicago last month.  However, five of my collaborators were part of an excellent panel reviewing aspects of the SciLands.   Here’s a
Coverage in the Blogosphere
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Last week, I attended Cosmos in the Classroom 2007, a symposium for professors teaching Astronomy 101.  I was invited to present two workshops on astronomy education and used the time to teach my
Ant Invasion
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Elon University’s Second Life island got its first mention in New World Notes (and in Boing Boing), before we even opened it up!  Jotole Helios, an Elon professor, has been using the island as a “
Front Page of the Times-News
Monday, February 5, 2007
My wife Dana and I were featured in the “Real People” section of the Burlington Times-News.  The article, “A family living in the stars,” focused on Dana’s work with Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter and
First build on Elon Island
Friday, January 26, 2007
Though we haven’t even sent the check to Linden Lab, Jotole Helios (an Elon University math professor) has already started using our new Second Life island for building fractal-based structures.  
Elon University’s  Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) tapped me to be one of its four CATL Scholars for 2006-2008.  My project, Testing Game Structures in Introduction to Astronomy, originally involves mapping the structure of games like World of Warcraft onto fairly traditional astronomy classes.  This work has evolved to include outreach projects in Second Life and role-playing games such as those in the “Reacting to the Past” series.  A fuller description of this work can be found in the CATL Gallery.