The Big Bang Theory just referenced the Trojan asteroid discovery by AU's Dr. Martin Connors! Congratulations Martin! Here's the full story from our staff newsletter: MORE BANG FOR THE TROJAN Dr. Martin Connors' Trojan asteroid discovery has become part of popular culture. About halfway through “The Higgs Boson Observation,” the October 11 episode of the award-winning sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper’s new assistant refers to her dissertation topic: “I’m looking for Trojan asteroids at Earth’s L5 Lagrange point.” They refer to looking for an L5 Trojan, and the one he identified was an L4 Trojan, Connors said. “It’s a good research project to look for an L5 one, since they should also exist but have not been found yet. So they got that right.” Connors watches the show and was alerted to this reference before the episode aired. He can see this leading to a new career, he said. “I await a cameo or, better yet, a guest spot as Sheldon II, something like Sheldon’s evil Canadian twin brother. Maybe I should put this in my NSERC application.” Connors made the cover of Nature in July 2011 with his discovery, but that's small potatoes compared with a mention on this TV show, joked colleague Dr. Robert Holmberg. “Your work can’t get more famous than that.”
To AU students who've been affected by the flood in southern Alberta: For those of you scheduled to write exams at AU Calgary, which remains closed, AU Learner Support Services staff will contact you to reschedule your exam. There will be no academic penalties for your rescheduling. For those of you scheduled to write exams under the supervision of an invigilator at a location outside of AU Calgary, please contact AU to reschedule your exam, and indicate that you’re in a flood-impacted area. There will be no academic penalties for your rescheduling. AU Information Centre: 1-800-788-9041 If you need learning resources to be replaced, please call: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6366. Our thoughts are with you, and we'll do our best to help you through any academic issues arising for you during this difficult time.
It's Fun Fact Friday at Athabasca University. Did you know that 1723 graduates were awarded their credentials last week in Athabasca during the 2012 Convocation?