Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Magic Stuff That Holds Atoms Together

Dr. Pietro Savo Americican Writer

If the magic stuff that holds atoms together just stopped, would it get quiet? We live in a world of the unknown; my 90-year-old father-in-law calls life in general a crap shoot; I tend to agree with him. The world as we understand it is made of atoms flying around connected by a magical invisible stuff. This stuff is so powerful that it knows when to hold on and when to let go. Change in our society pretends to work the same way, yet, in reality, we have a difficult time letting go. So change comes slowly, change comes unwelcome as well. I would suspect if the magical stuff that holds atoms together lets go, we would never know it happened. We would simply stop existing, not a massive explosion that one would expect. To go from being here, too not existing at all, nothing must be a quiet place. Being the father of six children it becomes difficult to think in a quiet environment. The quiet would make for an empty life, so many atoms being held tight and letting go with my children. So much commotion by so many different personalities trying to make their points and get their own way. A nice commotion, society could learn from kids. I know I do everyday.

Atoms hold our past and future in a delicate bond of magical stuff. If it suddenly stop holding onto our existence. Would all our accomplishments simply end; nothingness would then become the new reality? Would this nothingness erase all consciousness? Would the consciousness of countess living thinking formed in our old reality combine as one? Could these atoms find some way to join up without the magic stuff? Or would this be a natural reset in the evolution of the cosmos? All would start over once again as something, a new consciousness perhaps, a new level of self… Temporary and so amazing to understand atoms held together by a magical stuff…

So much magic stuff so little time, waste no moments, listen and live in the commotion, atoms have their own timetable!

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ by Dr. Pietro Savo

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SOFA – Senior Old Fogies Association By Richard (Dick) Babcock, Captain, USN Retired

SOFA – Senior Old Fogies Association By Richard (Dick) Babcock, Captain, USN Retired

SOFA - Senior Old Fogies Association

The United States Naval Reserve Intelligence Community has developed and nurtured a significant number of Naval Reserve Intelligence Officers and Enlisted Personnel, which have risen through the ranks to increasing levels of responsibility, until finally reaching the pinnacle of managerial excellence. The pinnacle of managerial excellence is a story for another day and the SOFA – Senior Old Fogies Association will most likely receive honorable mention there as well. These achievements were usually rewarded by formal assignment to a non- pay status, ultimately leading to an uneventful retirement.

In 1992, in order to maintain high credit for Recruiting and Retention of Naval Reserve Intelligence Community personnel, seen by many as the carrot dangling the stick effect or tease. This became the brainstorm of United States Navy CAPT Mel Rodelli that a new organization should be formed, which retained those valuable personnel resources under the responsibility of an official non – paid Navy unit designation.

Thus, SQFA-OI08, AREA13 was formed with CAPT Al Parker as its first Commanding Officer. In keeping with the Navy’s penchant for acronyms, the designation “SOFA was assigned to the unit. “SOFA” officially stands for “Senior Old Fogies Association”, however, a more creative and appropriate substitutions for the word “Fogies” (usually related to gaseous events occurring with the lower digestive tract) has been put forth for unofficial usage and-has become a common term for referring to those who become members of the unit.

The Charter of SOFA-0108 is that its members’ attend USNR Retirement, Veteran Socials, change of Command; Unit Luncheon, Dining Out or general Beer Blast to which they can obtain invitations, in addition to holding an annual gathering at the home base of one of its members. During this latter event, a Change of Command ceremony is encouraged to be performed to give those who have never had much responsibility on Active Duty, even less responsibility in Retirement. That is why we are all here.

SOFA - Senior Old Fogies Association

Change of Command – We wish CAPT Bob Gorham fair winds and following seas as he departs from the position of , ‘SinK-SOFA” (to SunK-SOFA), and pray that his relief in the person of CAPT Jim Pinkerton (previously ASS-SOFA now incoming SinK-SOFA) is able to uphold the traditions so feebly established by all prior administrations.

Center of activity for SOFA Area 13, is East Central Florida (The Cape). There are approximately 50 members in our group, adding members as they retire from military and/or reserve service. Although there is no rank requirement to join, most members of this group come with ex-Intel backgrounds. This is strictly a social group for those of us who loved the military and miss the passing of those years.

SOFA meet once a week for lunch, a different local restaurant each Thursday, and have been doing so for the past 18 years. One major social event is planned each year, usually in the fall, in order to select the slate of incoming “officers” for the next year – SINK Sofa and ASS Sofa. Once you leave the group you are known as a SUNK Sofa. There is no real function for these officers other than to select our next dining location and to alert all members of its location. They also keep abreast of any formal functions happening – Dining-ins, Dining outs & funerals for example. Because we are all retired, topics of conversations generally center around whom is traveling where, current health issues, local news and events, and the swapping of old sea stories – you know, old guy stuff.

SOFA - Senior Old Fogies Association

We do have uniforms – a navy blue shirt with the SOFA logo that is a requirement of attending the luncheons. No uniform shirt and you are assessed a 25 cent fine for being out of uniform. The money is accumulated and donated to whom ever is hosting the yearly official event of SOFA officer selection. Wives and husbands, whatever the case may be, are always welcome to attend all functions.

Overall, it is a fun group working at keeping all of us old military types together.

Thank you Captain Babcock from American Writer

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ by Dr. Pietro Savo

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“STEM Field’s Talent Shortage

Stem Fields

Read the entire article featured in Career College Central Magazine, September 2012 addition page 50.

“STEM Fields” Talent Shortage; How the United States can regain its competitiveness in math- and science-related fields. Career College Central Magazine, September 2012

For the past 100 years, technological innovations in science and engineering have fueled the U.S. economy, produced good jobs and an extraordinary standard of living, and established the United States as an international economic leader. Our nation’s international segment of industries focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), though, is in profound decline, as documented in the “Science and Engineering Indicators: 2012” study by the National Science Board. The study concludes that STEM education and entrepreneurial thinking has taken a back seat to empirical learning, resulting in a decline in good jobs. “We do not have nearly enough people who are capable in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math,” said Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009.

The U.S. economy relies heavily on jobs resulting from innovation. This makes selecting the means How the United States can regain its competitiveness in math- and science-related fields to ensure the sustained growth of the U.S. economy and job creating industries paramount. Job-creating industries are dependent on the nation’s college graduates being trained to decipher, understand, and identify industry solutions from historical case studies. Case studies correlating to present-day educational obstacles can provide a heads-up display for market changes, diversity of markets, and the ability to adapt to markets with a historical perspective. Having a strong focus on STEM fields reduces the talent shortage and increases learning from past education mistakes.

In the last 20 years, the skills needed for employment have become more technology related. This requires workers to have stronger backgrounds in science and engineering. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of workers in science and engineering occupations grew by nearly 800 percent between 1950 and 2000. Our nation has a thirst for STEM occupations, which is revealed in the lower unemployment statistics of STEM graduates.

Here is the big problem: The cost of waiting for old ideas to catch up with modern job-creation practices obstructs new market opportunities. Such obstructions represent a stream of wasteful practices, making it difficult to be competitive in today’s volatile markets. The loss of competitiveness results in lost work and higher unemployment statistics. According to U.S. Department of Labor information cited in the 2012 CNN Money article “The 86 Million Invisible Unemployed,” 86 million people without jobs have simply given up looking for a job. How do we bring together our combined academic experiences and industry expertise to reverse this serious educational trend? The talent solutions will come from colleges and universities that move quickly to embrace STEM education concepts, neither tolerating nor accepting limits set by bureaucratic regulations. Teachers are ready to make such change. With quick changes to curricula that encourage and promote STEM fields, the value of such an education can inspire students in K-12.

“By taking on teaching and school counselor roles, STEM educated graduates from our nation’s teaching colleges and universities become the compulsory inspiration for our young people.”

New K-12 teachers and school counselors become the natural first line of observation. STEM practitioners become vital to identifying students with a gift for the sciences. The secret sauce is in stimulating learning in students who do not know they have the ability to excel in STEM fields. These students have the strongest probability for success and become future job creators and industry leaders.

Educated teachers and school counselors in STEM can help students develop their own learning experiences and science skill sets. New experiences and skill sets become the bedrock of goal setting early in a student’s educational journey. In the pyramid design, we begin with the foundation of knowledge experienced through the empirical learning of teachers and school counselors.

The modern-day assessment tool that can easily be adapted to test the necessities of K-12 is called the Prior Learning Assessment. PLA is an important strategy for helping students progress toward higher education. Understanding a student’s prior learning is similar to adding a turbine supercharger to a four-cylinder education engine. After reviewing data collected from 62,475 students at 48 postsecondary institutions in a PLA study, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) shows that PLA students have better academic outcomes.

Climbing higher up the pyramid is a next-level opportunity to stimulate K-12 learning by concentrating on the combined strengths of parent involvement (PI) and interactive methodology (IM). A Need for More Role Models?” in the Journal of College Science Teaching, PI is the ultimate role model.

Students will enjoy learning and be motivated to learn if they are taught by a motivated role model who is of great influence to the student, such as a parent. Teachers and school counselors who encourage PI are more likely to receive the respect of both the student and parents. PI is significant because, as the education process continues, students gain confidence in discussing science with others long after school dismissal in the best learning environment – their homes. The final pyramid step is technology or IM – the ultimate evolutionary process. IM combines every level of technology that is available to the student in the school and home environments. Advancing a student’s sensory ability by using methodology fueled by technology stimulates levels of importance associated with STEM learning. IM becomes the natural byproduct and lowest common denominator linking STEM educators, researchers and students, establishing unlimited inspirational learning. Each level of learning becomes more exciting than the previous.

As seen above, the pyramid design has a foundation in STEM educated teachers and school counselors, who are trained with a robust student assessment process that aims for understanding a student’s prior learning. Including PI and adapting to IM are also vital. Using this model, we have a fighting chance with the benefits of STEM education and entrepreneurial thinking, resulting in a culture prepared to create good jobs.

Read the entire article featured in Career College Central Magazine, September 2012 addition page 50, and the entire article can be download by clicking (STEM WITH DR. PETE LINK).

by AMERICAN WRITER Dr. Pietro Savo Tradition Books Publication © 2012

Manufacturing Research Practitioner ™ by Dr. Pietro Savo

Read, write, and question everything!Our voices are powerful and true!

Dr. Pietro Savo E-Mail Link blog@americanwriter.us

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