Daily Archives: January 27, 2013

Responsible conduct of research in physics

As part of the Colorado School of Mines’ dedication to responsible research, the Ethics Across Campus (EAC) committee, according to their website, primarily seeks to “promote, extend and deepen the understanding of ethical issues in relation to applied science and engineering education and research.” The EAC works closely with many departments across campus to develop responsible research practices, also known as Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). As part of RCR, graduate students in the physics program are required to attend ethics seminars. One such seminar took place during a weekly physics colloquium. Professor Reuben Collins emphasized how ethics and physics go together, reminiscing how he decided not to work for the defense industry because of their research practices. Although most physicists prefer to conduct research alone in their lab, most research involves working with a variety of people and it is important to understand ethics as part of research practices.

Comic Corner: Deadpool Team-Up #899

Deadpool, Marvel’s lovable mercenary with a mouth, the craziest assassin this side of Arkham, has had his fair share of crossovers, largely because it is a lot of fun to force an interaction between him and anybody else just to see what happens. This was, essentially, the entire premise behind the “Deadpool Team-Up” series, which ran from 2009 to 2011 and was basically just an excuse for the writers to pair Deadpool with pretty much every entity in the Marvel universe. In issue #899, he teams up with one of the legends of old, the Lion of Olympus himself, Hercules. Yeah, Deadpool and a Greek god. This is gonna be good.

The Knight, the Seer and the Child: Miranda

Miranda’s dark blue skirts fluttered with the soft breeze that blew across the pier. Her head lifted back so she could take in the massive ship. Dark wood with carvings made to look like waves encompassed the hull. Large, white sails were being untied by a dozen or so of the crew while others ran about the deck under the sharp orders of the ship’s captain. A beautiful carving of a mermaid stood at the bow, looking as if she was about to dive away from the ship. The mermaid’s hair flowed seamlessly backwards to meld with the deck.

Club Spotlight: Car Club

The Society of Automotive Engineers entered its twentieth year of existence at Mines this year. Founded in 1993, the club’s original purpose was to build a race car to compete against schools across the world. In recent years, the club focused on putting together a car show every year during the E-days event. This year, the club is bringing back the race car along with hosting the car show. According to Jake Krapes, the current club president, the Society of Automotive Engineers currently has “about 70 people signed up on Orgsync, 40 active members, and 15 or so members are part of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers.” The Formula team is the group of students involved in designing, building, assembling, and racing the car. One might wonder, “Can people still join?” “Of course! They can sign up on Orgsync under SAE, they will then get an email from me, and can come to a meeting which currently takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm in the auto shop in Brown,” says Krapes.

How are wealth and income distibuted? Exploring U.S. socioeconomic inequality

The Delta Days luncheon lecture facilitated by Dr. Jon Leydens discussed the question, “Why is the subject of socioeconomic inequality taboo?” and explained that the subject has to do with identity in how we perceive social class.
When it comes to wealth and income, in the United States, the top 4% hold more of the wealth distribution than the bottom 90%, but hold less of the income distribution. This shows that the wealthy are not necessarily wealthy because of a high-paying occupation, but rather that many the top 4% inherited their wealth.

Book Review: Whip Smart – A Memoir

Recently, the Denver Feminist Book Club members voted to read “Whip Smart – A Memoir” by Melissa Febos for their November discussion hoping that the book would be a compelling feminist read. Although the book is about a dominatrix, a woman who plays a dominant role in sadomasochistic encounters, the application of the label “feminist” is problematic.

Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics explores laser physics

Started by the University of Southern California approximately eight years ago, the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, also known as CUWiP, was founded to give undergraduate women a chance to explore the realm of physics in a professional setting without going to a large national meeting. Since its inception, the series of CUWiP conferences has grown to include six simultaneous sites across the nation and has included institutions such as California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Stanford, Texas A&M and, this year, the Colorado School of Mines as the Rocky Mountain site for the 2013 CUWiP.

Cooking Corner: Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter makes an excellent sandwich when paired with a variety of ingredients from jelly to bananas. It can also be eaten on crackers or with a spoon. Peanut butter can also flavor delicious cookies that are easy to make at home. All one needs is a large bowl, an electric mixer, and a cookie sheet. To make warm and delicious cookies at home just follow these steps taken from the Better Homes and Gardens, “New Cookbook.”

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