Join SPS for another virtual colloquium! Join Dr. Randy Tagg, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver for his talk "Physics for Humans – 24 Challenges in 24 Minutes (Choose 1)" on Wednesday, May 12 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST.
Abstract: How many dimensions will your physics career have? Will it be narrow and focus tightly on an extraordinary new direction of inquiry? Will it broadly encompass ideas and technologies from other fields to dissolve barriers to scientific and technical progress? Will it acquire a human dimension, merging fundamental knowledge and technical skills with perception and empathy to enhance the well-being of people and our planet? The good news is that your career can have all of these aspects. As encouragement to include the larger human dimension, I will pose twenty-four challenges across a spectrum of human activities and needs. Each will have a general part and a specific instance. Consider choosing one for further thought and investigation. If you are bound for research, called to teach, intent on exploration, or drawn to needs of industry – you can keep your day job! But think also about the insights and passions that your unique life experience can stimulate to create value for humans and for life in general. See how some of the most exquisitely difficult but rewarding problems of physics are inspired by human needs. Then perhaps you will want to find the time, a place, and companionship to create ways to use physics for humans. A new student organization, PSI* (Physics Student Innovators *and Alumni) exists to support such an endeavor. And watch out! This could become your career after all.