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Chemical Engineering 24, Section 1
Whose Science, Whose Fiction? Exploring America's Scientific Imagination (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Jeffrey Reimer
Monday 4:00-6:00, 100F Hildebrand Hall, Class number: 46038

Class will meet on select Mondays during Fall semester. The course calendar will be posted before the semester begins.

What do we learn about ourselves, our society, and the natural world through science fiction? Discover with Professor Reimer how space exploration and technological innovation in the mid-twentieth century spawned an explosion of books, movies and television that revealed much about the US psyche. Technological triumphalism, cultural hegemony, libertarian politics, the nature of God, sexual identity, and "war as a force that gives us meaning" are just a few of the topics that will reveal themselves in our readings and seminar time together.

Related web site: http://india.cchem.berkeley.edu/~reimer/ChE24_F2017.html

Jeffrey A. Reimer received his bachelor’s degree (with honors) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to his faculty appointment at UC Berkeley he was a postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. He is presently the C. Judson King Endowed Professor and the Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Professor Reimer has won several teaching awards, including the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest award bestowed on faculty for their teaching. Professor Reimer’s scholarship is in the fields of materials chemistry and engineering, with particular attention to the application of sophisticated NMR spectroscopic and physical measurements. He is recognized for these works by election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Materials Physics, and a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance. In 2015 Professor Reimer was the recipient of a Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In addition to his ~175 research publications, Professor Reimer is co-author (with T.M. Duncan) of the introductory text Chemical Engineering Design and Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and the text Carbon Capture and Sequestration (with Berend Smit, Curt Oldenburg, Ian Bourg, World Scientific Press, 2013).

Faculty web site: http://india.cchem.berkeley.edu/~reimer/

Quotes from students in spring 2015 seminar:

"The class proved to be a lot more discussion based than I realized, which is actually really nice. I learned a lot, got a lot of exposure to popular sci fi genres, and explored various themes."

"The seminar exceeded my expectation, bringing poignant discussions into the mix, interesting debates and conversations, and educated me even more about a subject I love."

"I really enjoyed the class because of how small and personal everything in the class is. It was also cool seeing a professor not lecturing about something technical and having fun with a class and sharing his nerdy sci fi side."

Quotes from spring 2014 students:
"The only requirement for enjoying this class is a love of sci-fi!"

"It is very fun and engaging and well worth their time, especially as a stress relief compared to other classes."

"It helped to facilitate interaction with a very upper-level professor and show him in the light of being a real, approachable person with real interests, which is important for lower-division students to learn about all of their professors."

"It was definitely a small, interactive environment. We all sat in a circle and discussed elements of science fiction. It was a nice change of pace." - spring 2013 seminar student
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
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