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

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.

Instructor Bio

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).

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