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'Physicists and Scientists' on TV....Is THAT Really US?
  Location: SS Ballroom ABC
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 10:00 AM -10:10 AM
  Author: Karen Williams, East Central University
580-559-5394, kwillims@mac.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Most of us have watched the "Big Bang Theory" on television and thought at times, this reminds me of Dr. X or Dr. Y. Other scenes make us think that isn't true of physicists we know….or is it? Are these depictions characteristic of us? Greater discussion of physics and science from my students seems to come from "Mythbusters" and some other science shows on television now hosted by real physicists. How do TV shows portray scientists? This will examine how various groups (physics majors, nonmajors, etc.) perceive physics/science (i.e. the endeavor) based upon watching physicists/scientists on television. How do they perceive those that do science? Is this perception negative so that it might persuade a high school student to change his mind about becoming a physicist? Is this perception positive for male students? For female students?
  Footnotes: None
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