High Energy Physics: Public Information -- the Human Dimension

When you think of science, usually numbers, data, research and experiments performed by individuals in white coats come to mind. Well, we at the University of Kansas (KU), want to show you another view, a multi-cultural side of science.

As theories, research and experiments are being pursued, those scientists who perform those tasks are from all over the world. They come together for a common goal, in spite of any cultural conflicts that may surround them. They do not see any racial differences. You could almost label the scientist a diplomat. Our KU scientists travel worldwide representing our country as well as the midwestern region of the United States.

After a seminar has been held (somewhere in the world) scientists break up into smaller groups and continue various discussions over dinner. New friends are found as everyone is reminded that the scientist is also a spouse, a parent, a friend and co-worker experiencing the same highs and lows of life. The scientist, like any other person, finds that life is enriched professionally and socially as a result of "meetings of the mind". These are scientific benefits that we have not really focused on.

This is why at the University of Kansas, we take a moment to reflect upon this human side as we strive to remain on the cutting edge of research. We have never forgotten that we are all human, united in seeking knowledge to serve the world and quench our curiosity, regardless of what little point we reside in space-time.

Join us, here at KU, on our quest for knowledge as we also embrace cultural diversity.

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Text by Chandra Graves

Last Updated: November 9, 2009

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