HMC Physics Colloquium
Tuesdays at 16:30 in Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Room B460
Jim Enstrom (’65)
University of California at Los Angeles
April 28, 2015
I will describe how I have used my 1965 HMC B.S. in physics to rise, at least briefly, to the top of two vastly different branches of science: first, a very hard science—experimental elementary particle physics at Stanford University, and second, a very soft science—environmental epidemiology at UCLA.
My talk will explain the important roles that HMC, creative thinking, academic freedom, and scientific integrity have played in my career. I will relate these factors to my current area of epidemiologic research: air pollution health effects, something that impacted every person at HMC in the early 1960s.
I will conclude by making suggestions for current HMC physics majors who want to pursue a career in physics or a related science, based on my experience as the sixth HMC physics major to obtain a Ph.D. in physics.