Our next guest is also a grad student at UCI . He posses a razor sharp wit and seems almost too comedic to be a scientist. One of the questions in the Disgruntled Chemist
interview was if Rob was as cool in real life as he appears on the web. Rob is also from Texas and openly rooted for Texas against USC which probably made him unpopular around campus for a week.
Now sit back for what promises to be a great mix of comedy and education as we interview Rob the Dirty Liberal.
1 You have an excellent sense of humor are you sure you are a scientist and a liberal . Both groups are not exactly known for their sense of humor. The Chemist swears he is funny in real life . Is your friend Agi still mad at me for the joke about him mistaking the soap cakes in the urinals for mints ? Is the stereotype of humorless science types a myth.
2 The Chemist had an interesting mishap while demonstrating an experiment at a local school. What happens when one of your Physics experiments runs amok ?
3 Do you get a laugh at the physics gargon placed in shows like Star Trek and Dr Who.
I think Dr Who's catch phrase to every problem was reverse the polarity of the nuetron flow. Star Trek dables in talk of antimatter explosions. Does this make the shows even more corny and campy.
Physics and Everyday life
4 Would Physics draw more interest from the general public if we could relate the study to every day life. Few of us think about it except for energy.
5 What are your views on nuclear energy ?
6 What types of energy should we be trying to develop for a sound energy policy ?
7 Would you be interested in teaching a class called the Physics of everyday life.
Topics could include the Physics of car crashes and couch potatoes and energy consumption. One could demonstrate some basic concepts of physics in an entertaining
comedic attmosphere and get the audience to remember.
8 You went to France a while back did you encounter any hostility as an American from Texas despite being anti war and anti Bush ? The local French in VT do not like the Qubecois and their European kin. I live in a largely French enclave in Northern VT.
9 Have you attended a real toga party ?
10 Does UCI have a real football team ? Do you go to any of the games?
11 I remember reading a post a while back about some Scientific advance in India. India is an ally and has a great educational system that produces world class engineers and scientists. However you seemed somewhat concerned about India. Should the American people be concerned that India and China are making scientific advances ? India is the worlds largest democracy and an ally .
12 One of my themes is that the United states has gotten away from investing in Human capital. Countries like India and China readily invest in human capital (education)but they invest in engineers and doctors. How many Science classes is a Poli Sci major required to take at the undergrad level at UCI ? Should there be a greater emphasis on developing our own engineers.
Nerds Rob is too cool to be a Nerd.
13 Did you see the Revenge of the Nerds Films ? Are there Nerd types in UCI that could come off the set of a Revenge of the Nerds Film ?
14 What college Movie is the most realistic based on your experiences ?
15 Are Nerds just fashion challenged misunderstood types
16 Is light Beer an insult ?
17 Name your favorite brands of beer ?
18 Should Scientific in the Universities research be geared to commercial applications ?
19 Is the private sector better equiped to do reasearch then your average university.
20 Does corporate sponsorship taint research ?
21 Do the foriegn exchange students understand your sense of humor ?
22 What is your view on the use of animals in labratory research. Have you seen fellow students talking with lab animals. Is there alcohol or drug use before the conversations.
23 Were you a participant in the Chemist's mayhem involving Mentos and Diet Coke ?
Were you surprised at the geyser ? What was the reaction of people who passed by.
24 Did you read comic books or watch cartoons as a kid ? What were your favorites.
25 Do you talk with your peers about your experiments ? Is some of their advice usefull even if it is from another discipline.