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Colloquia

ics Colloquium
Friday, September 30, 2011
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
Note special time.
Hugh Gusterson [Host: Seunghun Lee]
George Mason University
"The cultural and ethical world of nuclear weapons scientists"
 
 Slideshow (PDF)
ABSTRACT:
The Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories are the two largest employers of physicists in the country. Their primary mission is nuclear weapons science. Based on over two decades studying the culture of nuclear weapons scientists as an anthropologist, the speaker discusses the values of nuclear weapons physicists, the reasons young physicists have for choosing a career in nuclear weapons design, the ethical challenges they confront, and the degree of job satisfaction they report.
SLIDESHOW:

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