Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

J O U R N A L    C L U B

Juan Roederer
Physics Dept/GI UAF, Emeritus

Physics deals with the study of interactions between fundamental particles and their collective effects in complex macroscopic systems. In view of the date of this seminar, I will limit myself to a discussion of interactions in which the fundamental particles are scientists, non-scientists and administrators. Based on personal experience gained in 55 years of professional life as a scientist and administrator (in four different countries and half a dozen different institutions), the topics below are among those I will address.

  • Public relations: the do's and don't's
  • Explaining the need for basic science without any applications to politicians
  • Long-term planning in research: does it make any sense?
  • International scientific cooperation: is it science or scientific tourism?
  • The inevitable arrogance of physicists in interdisciplinary research
  • 'Publish or perish' vs. 'self-promote or perish' vs. 're-invent past work'
  • Putting pork on the table: can it cause indigestion?
  • The parallel universes of research and administration
  • The perpendicular universes of science and religion

Friday, 31 October 2008
Globe Room, Elvey Building
3:45 PM