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Viewpoints

Some years ago I started a professional magazine for photoscientists called "The Spectrum." The magazine was edited professionally and used professional writers, so it became far too expensive for the Center for Photochemical Sciences to maintain – at least as hard copy. So shortly before I left Bowling Green (2009) and after trying to publish it on the web only with mixed results, I decided The Spectrum had outlived its usefulness and folded it with the last 2008 issue.

Each Spectrum contained a short Viewpoint from the Director. These have now been assembled as a group on this site. But, further to the point, I’m  going to occasionally publish contemporary “Viewpoints” more or less as the whim strikes me. As I said with The Spectrum, I’m happy to receive your feedback.         -D. C. Neckers

 

University Priorities

"It is time for the universities to get real about strengths in the fields where their graduates can make a difference. They need to put resources in their core competencies - science, engineering, humanities and the arts." -September 2013.

READ "University Priorities" by Doug Neckers.

 

The Academic Industrial Interface

"What is new is how universities are going about engaging themselves in “for profit” enterprises. A cadre of technology transfer professionals has arisen even in small universities, and they are going around to faculty offices, like hawkers hawking hotdogs at a Hawkeye game, seeking patent disclosures." -April 2008. 

READ "The Academic Industrial Interface" by Doug Neckers. 

 

Making Science Relevant to the Person on the Street

"Even in my career, several undergraduates convinced me that if I could not explain why the research I was asking them to engage in as part of their educational experience was important then it probably was not that important. As a result, they should work with another professor, presumably one who could tell them why their research was significant." -September 2004.

READ "Making Science Relevant to the Person on the Street" by Doug Neckers. 

 

The Chemistry Lab

"Maybe I didn’t become a chemist solely because of all the fun I had in my organic chemistry laboratory, but that fun sure didn’t hurt. It was no wonder none of my students in those organic labs wanted to be chemists." -April 2002.

READ "The Chemistry Lab" by Doug Neckers.

 

Computers in Your Research? 

"The only question he asked in my final oral was “Do you see any use for computers in your research?” My answer: “Not until they become smart enough to do something I need done, and smart enough to effortlessly teach me how to do it.”" -April 2000.

READ "Computers in Your Research?" by Doug Neckers. 

 

A Brief History of the Bowling Green Center for Photochemical Sciences

"The Center for Photochemical Sciences got its start over lunch during a torrential downpour in July in Bowling Green. Somehow I had convinced Samir Farid, from Kodak, to come give us a talk. Samir said, “Why don’t you start a Center for Photochemical Sciences?”" -September 1998. 

READ "A Brief History of the Bowling Green Center for Photochemical Sciences" by Doug Neckers.  

 

Basic Skills Required

"Whatever the excuses, the facts indicate that this group of American children are not very well prepared in math.  For whatever reason, America’s schools do not do a good job in preparing America’s children in basic mathematics skills."-April 1998

READ "Basic Skills Required" by Doug Neckers.