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JNEWS: Raab, Fred [MC1973] heads the LIGO Hanford Observatory



Lasers & Sources

Gravitational wave detection a step closer with Advanced LIGO

The LIGO project’s mission is to directly observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin.
4 January 2016, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201512.04

LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, operates detector facilities near Livingston, Louisiana and Tri-Cities, Washington. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and operated by Caltech and MIT, LIGO seeks to open the field of gravitational wave astronomy through the direct detection of gravitational waves from astrophysical sources. Such sources could include the collisions of neutron stars or black holes, the gravitational collapse of heavy stars, the spinning of neutron star pulsars, and events perhaps not yet imagined.

The international LIGO Scientific Collaboration directs LIGO’s progress and manages LIGO’s leading role in the global gravitational wave detector network. The NSF funded a recent comprehensive upgrade of the first-generation LIGO detectors in a program named Advanced LIGO, with additional support coming from funding agencies in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. In September 2015, LIGO began its first data run with these newly-upgraded instruments. In January 2016, LIGO will pause for a commissioning interval that will further boost detector sensitivity. Data runs and commissioning periods will alternate through 2019 as LIGO seeks to maximize the performance of the advanced detectors.

Fred Raab earned his BS in physics from Manhattan College in 1973 and his PhD in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, working in the field of molecular spectroscopy. As a research scientist at the University of Washington from 1980 to 1988, he worked on high-precision experimental tests of physical laws and symmetries. In 1988, he became Assistant Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology and was a co-author of the LIGO construction proposal. In 1995, he was appointed to head the LIGO Hanford Observatory.

Michael Landry completed his PhD in strange hadronic physics at the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 2000, with experiments at TRIUMF and Brookhaven Laboratories. He then began as a postdoc at the LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO), and has remained with the experiment since that time. His current position is that of Detection Lead Scientist with LHO/Caltech.

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Raab, Fred [MC1973]

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JFOUND: Cusack, John L. [MC1973] speaks on “Sustainability”



Professor will explain meaning of sustainability at next Bergren Forum session

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Alfred University’s (AU) longstanding lunchtime series, the Bergren Forum, continues Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center with a talk on “What Do We Mean By Sustainability?”

The program is free and open to the public. 

The session will be presented by John L. Cusack, an adjunct professor in the AU School of Business with the MBA program (masters of business administration), as well as the founder and president of Gifford Park Associates (GPA), Bronxville. GPA is a sustainability management advisory firm specializing in sustainability finance, management and implementation, responsible investing, clean technologies, climate change, environmental risks disclosure, and the relationship between the sustainability and financial performance of firms.

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Cusack received both a bachelor of civil engineering degree and a master of environmental engineering and from Manhattan College. He then went on to earn an MBA in management from New York University- Leonard N. School of Business.

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Cusack, John L. [MC????]

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Dear John,

          I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1973.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Cusack, John L. [MC1973]

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COMMENT: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) about distorting history


RE: Discussioninthisweek’sJJ.betweenKuhnandReinke

{First: a wave to Bob Kuhn from my Class of ’73}

I would have agreed with FJohn Reinke about the transition from the term “Global Warming” to “Climate Change,” but my thoughts have changed a bit after doing a bit more research on it using a tool I’ve often used against Antismokers when they distort history in their efforts. It’s called Google N-Gram, and it allows entering a word or phrase to see a graph of frequency in writings since 1800. Using that tool for example I was able to show how “Kissing a smoker is like licking an ashtray.” was a created sound-bite … a concept that didn’t exist until pushed by the antismoking movement of the 1970s.

In this instance I entered “climate change” and “global warming” and found this:


As you can see, both terms came into regular use around the same time just before 1980, and grew at the same pace until about 1994. From 1995 onward “climate change” far outstripped global warming.

Soooo… it’s not as though it was created out of nowhere by the Warmers, it simply got moved into a more prominent position, as, I believe, Michael Crichton predicted in his novel “State Of Fear,” as the Warming argument became more difficult to maintain.

Here’s another link that’s shorter but points to the same destination if anyone wants to check or wants to experiment with their own phrases out of history:


– MJM Class of ’73

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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

[JR: I remember “global cooling” and we’re all going to freeze. There’s always something that only the Big Gooferment can save us from if we give them more power. Argh! Sheeple.]

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COMMENT: Costello, Donald (MC1954) disagrees with Kuhn, Rob (MC1973)


Donald Costello
In Response To COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) accuses me of leaping on the crank-opinion bandwagon
Submitted on 2015/08/16 at 3:56 pm

Bob Kuhn response regarding of jj jumping on the crank opinion bandwagon is precisely the reason the debate is so worthless . Sarcasm is still the cheapest form of humor. The fact is that even the scientific method has changed with the emergence of Big Data and few have the background, subject matter experience and High Performance computing skills to deal with a possible laboratory to look deeply into the problem I don’t and neither does the Pope but I guess I can forgive him…he didn’t claim excathedra.

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Costello, Donald (MC1954)

[JR: i do NOT forgive His Holiness because he needs to restrict himself to ‘faith and morals’.  At one time the world was flat and inhabited waitpeople who believed in witches and warlocks. Sorry, but I don’t “know” and I am surrounded with folks who have “The Truth”. You have to bring a TON of evidence before 2+2=5 before I’m convinced. Argh!]

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COMMENT: Kuhn, Rob (MC1973) accuses me of leaping on the crank-opinion bandwagon



In relation to your 8/16 ENDNOTE: Some folks report the news, others make it up. Beware of the latter. It seems you have failed this pop quiz in relation to your source for the shift to “climate change” from “global warming.” And — regardless of your opinion about the science — shame on a Manhattan engineer for leaping on the crank-opinion bandwagon when there is legitimate historical information available on the subject of the terminology in this debate and how and why its usage has evolved. “Global warming” did come first, in 1957; “climate change” followed, but not recently – it appeared in 1957; and “global climate change” — far too cumbersome for the media — is presently the most accurate scientific characterization. Maybe LewRockwell and Eric Peters think “climate change” is “new” because they haven’t been interested for that long in the quality of the air they breathe and the water they are fortunate to still be able to drink? Maybe it has taken Fox News to alert them to the fact that there’s a political hot potato they can play with by bruiting their opinions around as fact. Here’s a nutshell and research from NASA (not the U.N.): http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/articles/whats-name-global-warming-vs-climate-change

Rob Kuhn ’73

[JR: I remember when “we were all going to freeze” in 70’s. The answer, of course, more Gooferment regulation. Then, it was “we were all going to burn up” until some inconvenient facts showed up. Not the least was the “scientific” folks were cooking the books! Now it’s “climate change”. And, of course, the only thing that can save us is more Gooferment regulation. And, yes, I like clean air and clean water, but you have to snicker at the Gooferment EPA polluting the rivers in three states by tampering with an abandoned gold mine. Guess we just need more Gooferment regulation. Sorry, there is a trend here of the political class — R’s and D’s — to herd the shepple to the slaughterhouse. So we’re we food once by “global cooling” and now “climate change”? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. And, btw, last time I looked NASA was the Gooferment agency that can’t seem to get out of its own way. So, of course, its bureaucrats echo the party line. Sigh! Can’t wait to see if the prediction of Old Farmer’s Almanac comes true. A heavy snow fall is obviously climate change. Argh!]  

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JNEWS: Ripp, Joseph [MC1973] ‘Clock Is Ticking’



Business Media & Marketing 
Clock Is Ticking for Time Inc.’s CEO
Joe Ripp pushes online video, ‘native’ ads and ‘big data’ to save the company Henry Luce built; ‘slow and steady death’
By Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg
July 27, 2015 10:39 p.m.

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In April, Time Inc. Chief Executive Joe Ripp flew to Procter & Gamble Co. ’s headquarters in Cincinnati determined to reverse an ominous trend.

Like many other marketers, the consumer-products giant is shifting more of its advertising online. P&G, the world’s largest advertiser, cut its print spending on Time Inc.-owned publications by a third last year, according to ad-tracking firm Kantar Media.

Mr. Ripp’s message: We have what you’re looking for. He outlined Time Inc.’s plans to invest aggressively in digital media, including online video, and to use “big data” it collects about readers to help target ads, say people familiar with the meeting. A spokesman declines to say how P&G responded.

Since taking the top job at Time Inc. nearly two years ago, the 63-year-old Mr. Ripp has been racing to reinvent what was once one of America’s most powerful media companies. He also is trying to counter the narrative that Time Inc. is a lumbering, old-guard print publisher unable to adapt to the digital age.

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The son of a former production chief at aircraft manufacturer Grumman Corp., Mr. Ripp worked his way through Manhattan College stocking supermarket shelves at night. Now he flies his own twin-engine Piper Navajo and owns a vacation home in Nantucket, Mass., where he is vice commodore of the Great Harbor Yacht Club.

A shock of white hair is the most visible sign of Mr. Ripp’s long history at Time Inc. He joined the magazine group in 1985 as assistant comptroller and became Time Warner’s finance chief in 1999.

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Ripp, Joseph [MC1973]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) agrees with the endnote


Fully agree, but you’ve got a typo to fix in your last sentence: pretty sure you mean “stuff they CAN’T print…”

instead of “can”



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McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

“You must invest in stuff they can print — land, beans, bullets, bandaids, and bullion.”

Yup, I meant “can NOT print”. At least someone read it. Laugh!

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