This is especially cool for me, because Phil and I teach a spring course "Science, Technology, and Society: Examining the Future Through a Science-Fiction Lens," and this very morning I finally worked out the basic physics of how the cool physics-based tech in my next novel (The True-Life Space Adventures of Jack and Stella) will work!
Because Jack and Stella come from Lawrence, one of them will speak with Phil for advice while developing the tricksy physics of her stardrive/world-killer device. Can't Wait! By the way, progress on the book has reached the point where I'm ready to begin writing the first few chapters over winter break: Writing notes is now more difficult than writing the actual prose, so I've reached the stage I call "critical mass" in a writing project. Boom! Here it goes! Stay tuned for updates.
Congratulations, people, and Rock Chalk Jayhawk, go KU!