Former Scientist with Manhattan Project to Talk on Peace
Prewitt, a chemist with duPont, was a supporter of World War II who worked for two years on the Manhattan Project, which developed nuclear weapons. After a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, he became convinced that humans could totally destroy themselves with nuclear weapons, and he left his scientific career to become an educator. He taught for 38 years in universities, including 10 years spent in Asia, and six in Afghanistan. He also taught for eight years in the peace studies program at UConn, and retired from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1970. In retirement, Prewitt has been active in a number of peace organizations, and has lectured on peace-related topics from Massachusetts to Tennessee.
Libraries to Host Forum on Scholarly Communication
The "scholarly communication crisis" has had a profound impact at UConn, with the Libraries moving to online access only for most of the University's journal subscriptions. What are the economic issues driving this crisis? How are libraries addressing the spiraling costs of books and journals? What alternative publishing ventures are under way, and how can faculty and students get involved?
Three distinguished panelists will provide their perspectives on these and related questions: Stuart Shieber, a computer scientist at Harvard University; Phil Davis, a librarian from Cornell; and Julia Blixrud, who represents SPARC, an academic library coalition created to combat the increasing prices of academic journals by creating new alternatives to the current, failing system. Following their presentation, there will be an open question-and-answer session. All members of the UConn community are invited and encouraged to attend this free event. For more information on this topic, go to this website.