Around Campus, Dec. 21
A look at Campus Life at Various Community and Junior Colleges
Four Moreno Valley College (Calif) physic students successfully launched and recaptured a weather balloon on Dec. 5. The launch and recapture marked the second successful weather balloon experiment by a Dipen Bhattacharya’s physics class. The first came back in 2013. Weather balloons are routinely launched across the country and they are becoming increasingly common at educational institutions and with hobbyists thanks to better GPS tracking systems, said Bhattacharya, associate professor, physics, science and kinesiology. “Our project was designed to go in tandem with the Physics 4C class where students learn about heat, thermodynamics and pressure,” Bhattacharya said. “The mission was to see if the students could successfully track the balloon, keep the instruments alive during the flight, and recover the payload. That’s why we are calling it an engineering flight (proof of concept) where we verify the flightworthiness of the GPS tracker and camera, and not a science flight where specific science goals are achieved.” The students — Hollie St. Claire, Richard Wotring, Matthew Scudder and Van Vinh Nguyen — launched the weather balloon from Riverside and recovered it in Joshua Tree National Park, over 75 miles from its original launch site. The balloon reached an estimated height of 75,000 feet and “luckily” landed in an area accessible by a dirt road on the backside of the park. The flight provided the students with “spectacular video footage.” Future flights are being planned which will include more scientific payloads.
Jordan Johnson, center, was crowned Miss Wallace State 2016, with Bethany Dailey, right, as first runner-up and winner of the talent competition. Miss Wallace State 2015 Emily Davis is at left.
Jordan Johnson was crowned Miss Wallace State 2016 during competitions in the Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre at Wallace State Community College (Ala.). She is a pre-engineering major. Johnson, 19, will go on to compete in the Miss Alabama pageant in June at Samford University for the chance to represent the state in in the Miss America pageant. Along with the title, she also earned a one-year scholarship at Wallace State valued at $5,000. Bethany Dailey, 20, of Henagar, was named first runner-up, as well as the winner of the talent portion. She earned a $50 scholarship to add to the $200 scholarships each of the contestants received for their participation in the event. As part of the Miss Alabama program, each contestant establishes a platform for which they promote to raise awareness and/or provide assistance. As Miss Wallace State 2016, Johnson will be helping provide school supplies to young students who need them.