Schedule Feb 02, 2011
Diversity and Excellence in Physics
Ed Bertschinger, MIT

The field of physics gains when we broaden participation to recruit, retain, mentor, and advance people from underrepresented groups. Women and underrepresented minorities are the majority of the US population but a small fraction of physicists. Broadening the talent pool in  physics increases the available talent. As the US population becomes more diverse, physics departments must evolve to avoid the erosion of societal interest and support. A more inclusive atmosphere enhances the quality of life for everyone. Attention to these concerns can greatly improve the vitality and success of a physics department. This talk will discuss the successful efforts made to improve both diversity and excellence at MIT.

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