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Universität Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany

I did my undergraduate studies there. Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, and home to Porsche and Mercedes-Benz (among many other companies)

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Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Here is where I got my Master's and Ph. D. degrees. Home of the Beavers.

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University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

I had a three-year postdoc position there, before moving to Iowa

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Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

Our family spent a sabbatical year there in 1998/99. We have a lot of fond memories of that time.

Alma Mater Studiorum

Università di Bologna
Bologna, Italy

My wife and I spent a sabbatical semester there in Spring 2013. This is the oldest university in the world, founded in 1088. They invented the word university to describe this new type of school, along with the phrase alma mater.

Hardthausen coat of arms

My home town: Hardthausen am Kocher, Germany.

It consists of the formerly independent villages of Gochsen, Kochersteinsfeld, and Lampoldshausen. The name "Hardthausen" was made up, based on the nearby Hardthäuser Wald (forest). I grew up in Gochsen.

Giraffe Girl

Giraffe Girl

My wife used to be a self-employed physical therapist and massage therapist, and also ran a concierge service called Giraffe Girl.

Tae Kwon Do club picture

Cyclone Martial Arts

I am a fourth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa

An annual week-long bike ride for 15,000 people or so. I have been doing it every year since 2004.

Hazel Hammer chalice

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames

Our church.