Amidst National Reckoning with Racial Injustice the Physics Community Reflects on Its Own Inequities
By Karmela Padavic-Callaghan; @Ironmely
This post was originally published on Karmela Padavic-Callaghan's blog on July 6, 2020. Please check out more on her site here.
“What does physics have to do with police brutality?” physicist Prof. Philip W. Phillips asked in his opening remarks during an American Physical Society (APS) webinar on making physics inclusive and equitable. The rest of the panelists, all Zoom tiles taking up my computer screen, featured familiar faces from the world of physics advocacy, including the APS President-Elect Prof. S. James Gates, Jr. The moderator was Prof. Lisa Randall, a physicist with significant public presence in her own right, and the event was co-sponsored by four other professional societies focused on physics. Physicists tuned in in thousands.
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