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:

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.

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