Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 10:36:42 -0800 (PST)
Disciplining Minds for Alienating Professional Work
Irvine -- Is work so alienating that it screens out anyone who wants to do
meaningful work that improves society? And do professions and graduate
training screen out certain doctors, journalists, academics etc. by
maintaining "ideological discipline?"
That's the view of Jeffrey Schmidt, who got his doctorate in physics in
1980 from UCI. His 2000 book, "Disciplined Minds" (Rowman & Littlefield)
critiques how graduate students (at UCI etc.) are trained and how the
research of faculty in his field appear to be dictated by soft money
demands and federal and corporate needs.
Schmidt devotes some pages to UCI's physics department and the notables
there. He also mentions long-time critic of UC regental abuse, emeritus
physics prof Charlie Schwartz (at UCB).
Schmidt was an editor at Physics Today magazine for 19 years until he was
fired for writing this provocative book. He has taught in the United
States, Central America and Africa. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he
now lives in Washington, D.C. His Ph.D thesis at UCI was on a search for
advanced fields in electromagnetic radiation (UCI Science Library Call
Number: LD 791.9 .P6 1980 S36).
His website is: disciplined-minds.com.
Joining us in the discussion are Stefano Sensi, UCI adjunct assistant
prof. of neurology and activist; and UCI physics graduate student Mike
Twardos, who's working toward a PhD in the fields of fluid dynamics and
soft condensed matter. He's also an activist.
The show airs from 5-6 p.m. today on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, and
is also web-cast simultaneously via kuci.org.
Listeners can call in at (949) 824-5824 or send e-mail to
This show will later be archived in RealAudio on our web-site.
Daniel C. Tsang
Host, Subversity, Fridays, 5-6 p.m.
KUCI, 88.9 FM and Web-cast live via http://kuci.org
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