physics http://michiganradio.org en GVSU students will get their 'Wrecking Ball' back... for science, not for riding http://michiganradio.org/post/gvsu-students-will-get-their-wrecking-ball-back-science-not-riding <p>Grand Valley State University plans to reinstall a campus sculpture by December 6.&nbsp;</p><p>The sculpture was removed on September 17 because students began to ride it.</p><p><iframe class="vine-embed" frameborder="0" height="480" src="https://vine.co/v/h1H3leHbvKK/embed/simple" width="480"></iframe><script async src="//platform.vine.co/static/scripts/embed.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 'riding-the-ball' trend was in response to Miley Cyrus's hit single "Wrecking Ball."&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My2FRPA3Gf8" style="line-height: 1.5;">In the video</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Cyrus is naked and rides the wrecking ball as it swings back and forth.</span></p><p>Apparently, the Grand Valley ball was not up to the task. The University said the steel cable that the ball was hung from began to fray, and the sculpture was removed.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/gvsu-officials-say-sculpture-used-wrecking-ball-parody-videos-will-be-reinstalled-soon">Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith</a> spoke with <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; line-height: 22px;">Tim Thimmesch, the associate vice president for facility services at GVSU. After the sculpture was removed Thimmesch said they would meet with "select students this week to get input on the best options to reinstall the piece."</span></p><blockquote><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.333333015441895px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">“The intent is not for anybody to continue to use this as a ride. Again the intent will be to have this reinstalled as a scientific exhibit,” Thimmesch said.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that's what we really want to know more about, right? The science behind this ball?</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 17:20:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15239 at http://michiganradio.org GVSU students will get their 'Wrecking Ball' back... for science, not for riding MSU's new accelerator attracting talent and jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/msus-new-accelerator-attracting-talent-and-jobs <p>We hear a lot of talk about people and talent leaving the state.</p><p>Today, a story about people and talent coming to the state.</p><p>Lorri Higgins writes in today's <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110118/NEWS05/101180401/1001/news">Detroit Free Press</a> about Michigan State University's <a href="http://www.nscl.msu.edu/">National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory</a>.</p><p>Today, the lab has two superconducting cyclotron accelerators that attract a lot of nuclear physicists to the program. And construction on a new accelerator will begin in a couple of years.</p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:36:14 +0000 Mark Brush 917 at http://michiganradio.org MSU's new accelerator attracting talent and jobs