The New Mexico Tech Parent Weekend began with an eclectic concert given by six talented musicians. There was ample room for dancing, which the students and community members used thoroughly. It was easy to tell that there is an active swing dancing club at Tech.
On Saturday morning, Elaine DeBrine-Howell and her two peer mentors provided insight into how to assist students to be successful at Tech (see "Parenting from Afar" article). They very much enjoyed the interaction and lively discussion with the parents. To contact Elaine, email email@example.com.
Dr. Eileen Ryan discussed how the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) is involved in near-earth object observation and research. They are primarily looking for objects whose orbits are a little too close to the earth for comfort. These include asteroids and satellites. They also study the composition of asteroids. She said that a recent Japanese expedition gained samples from an asteroid that indicated that standing on an asteroid might be akin to stepping into quick sand. There are asteroids that they've identified that may become a problem in 30 years. Every once in a while a near-earth body gets knocked off-course and the MRO is called to spring into action . They were able to assist the Dept. of Defense in destroying a potentially dangerous satellite. Dr. Ryan's presentations are always informative and enjoyable.