Quote to ponder: During their long training, each physicist repeats the same subjects over and over again, each time at a more exalted level, until after a decade of training the new researcher becomes unemployed. This is a slight paraphase of a quote on page ix of "Instant Physics" by Tony Rothman.
Another quote to ponder: computers are getting faster more rapidly than people are getting smarter which is from Gary Ferland of the University of Kentucky, who wrote the CLOUDY photo-ionization code . (If you do not know what that is it does not matter. It is just a large computer simulation code that I use.)
My previous home pages have been removed pending making a new set. When (if?) I get the time, I will make a new set of pages.
For a brief description of my research interests (part of the department pages for Physics and Astronomy) use this link (but be warned, it includes a picture of me (ack!)). Note that I do not write in the third person; said page is due to Louise Green, adapted from some material that I sent to her.
In the unlikely (but hoped for) circumstance that anyone wants to look at them I have my Curriculum Vitae and list of publications online.
People may be more interested in some links for conference presentations that I have given in the last 2 years or so. The most recent of these is my contribution to IAU Symposium 209 on Planetary Nebulae, held in Canberra, Australia, November 19 to 23rd. Others can be found at my conference page.
My wife Virginia and I went to Hungary to see the August 11, 1999, total solar eclipse. A description plus a digitized photograph of the Sun at totality can be found at the link. The photograph was made without a telephoto lens so of course it cannot compare with those done by professionals.
Kevin Volk (email@example.com)