Guest Blogger: Lindsay Wills

OSU-ChUME hosted an event titled “Linus Pauling and the Responsibility of the Scientist” on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6pm. This event featured Linda Richards, who spoke about Linus Pauling and his legacy within the peace movement and nuclear proliferation. The goal of this event was to learn about Linus Pauling and to open discussions amongst undergraduate and graduate students about Linus Pauling and how his life can be used to understand our role as scientists in society today.

This event was a great success. Linda gave an exceptional presentation and was very knowledgeable about nuclear proliferation and Linus Pauling’s involvement in the peace movements of the 1960’s. The audience was also exceptional, asking a wide variety of questions about the scientific and societal aspects of the talk.  The questions ranged from understanding how the effects of nuclear testing should be measured to what modern social movement is most analogous to the peace movement.

If you missed this event, there will be more events like this coming up later in the term! Next Tuesday, February 4, we will be hosting a watch party for Bill Nye’s debate with creationist Ken Ham (Location: TBA). Come join us for pizza and enthusiastic conversations about science!

OSU-ChUME is hosting an event titled “Linus Pauling and the Responsibility of the Scientist” on  Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6pm in LPSC 402.

Our guest speaker, Linda Richards*, will speak on how Linus Pauling’s work, as a chemist and an activist, affected the global peace and social justice movements.

The goal of this event is to use Linus Pauling’s life as a framework to understand how chemists impact the broader community, and to begin the dialogue on  the responsibility of our generation of scientists (undergraduate and graduate students) to properly engage in service to these communities.

We hope to see you there!


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Linda Marie Richards is a PhD (ABD) in the History of Science. She is a 2014 Chemical Heritage Foundation Doan Fellow who has been researching nuclear history at Oregon State University since 2007. Richards has been speaking with the public about nuclear issues since 1986, when she walked across country with the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.