Summer is winding down. The entire west coast appears to be on fire. A (crazy) election looms ahead. Back to school sure feels different! At least the autumnal equinox is reliably taking place on the 22nd. As temperatures begin cooling down, leaves make a colorful display. We hope you enjoy it all, stay safe.
In The U.S.A schools are resuming already even with Covid-19 still being very present, is your University returning normally? Regardless we here at McPherson wish all good health and good luck in their work.
During July temperature here on the East Coast USA is about 31 C. Normally with only seven days of rain, July is a hot dry time. This year is no exception, except it feels hotter, maybe because of the mask. Covid is still very much present and herd immunity slow to form [1,2]. Stay safe and healthy everyone!
Here in the northern hemisphere the longest day of the year has just passed us by. This is a wonderful time of year in many respects. This year I believe we could all do with some cheer? Whether you notice the solstice, or celebrate St. John the Baptist, do not forget that staying safe is highest priority! Be well.
Here we are in May 2020. The running joke “we would all see more clearly this year.” It’s not working out. Even with parts of the puzzle missing, science helps explain what is happening to the world and sometimes suggests winning strategies. Education and understanding a bit about commerce can help too. Here’s to a bright future, full of great fundamental research, good judgement, and empathy for one another.
All over the planet, people are in the streets. It may be for the best that 2019 flew by. It’s been a tumultuous year. Despite this somewhat unsettled backdrop, we wish you and yours a happy, safe and joyful holiday season. As we look forward, we cannot see clearly what 2020 brings, but we strive to ‘be the light’ and a force for all that is good in the world. Season’s Greetings!
Happy October! So many great things are happening! From launches to calibration to electron dynamics, we've a full plate. Then there is the important decision, what spooky thing to wear on the 31st for 'trick or treat'! It's coming right up! Be safe and have fun!!
On this week in 1999, McPherson revolutionized the world of spectrometers and monochromators with the VUVAS. Also known as a vacuum ultraviolet spectrophotometer, it’s used for optical material characterization, i.e. measures reflection, transmission, scatter, diffraction efficiency and more.
Summertime heat waves are nothing new. I was born during the "dog days of summer" and always thought it when the weather got so stifling hot that dogs hid under the porch or whatever, to stay cool. Turns out I’m wrong—the phrase comes from ancient Greek beliefs about the Dog Star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.