New Jersey – at least its Democrats – have something of a history with Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy national lab managed by Princeton University. Rush Holt, my old boss and NJ’s former scientist-congressman, was an administrator there before he came to Congress representing NJ’s left flank (and CD12), defeating supercomputers, advocating less hackable voting systems and better funding for science research & education. These days, Holt’s got a larger role repping science itself. But now another denizen of PPPL, its Science Education chief Andrew Zwicker, is running for Assembly in LD-16, which has more Ds than Rs (including heavily-Dem Princeton) but is longterm-repped by Republicans.
It’s why I still have a PPPL Google alert. So I wanted to pass on to those of you whose wonkiness extends from politics to science, this: All week, PPPL’s offering live-streaming of lectures on plasma physics & fusion energy that students in PPPL’s Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) and other programs are attending. The SULI Internship brings students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the Lab from all over the U.S., pairing them with PPPL scientist mentors. Lecturers include scientists from national labs like PPPL and Sandia and universities including MIT, Michigan, Columbia and TCNJ.
Yeah, it’s heavy. And you’ve already missed the introductory stuff this morning. But it’s all week and it looks fun to me. Here’s all the info:
New Jersey’s not Texas. But we have a pretty embarrassing anti-science hit parade, including our Ebola-freaking governor, considerable anti-vaxxer nonsense, and climate-science deniers like reps Scott Garrett (sheesh) and Leonard Lance, who’s on a downward spiral from better judgement to full pandering to the ignorant. These guys keep getting re-elected, just like the chronically incorrect NJ state senator Mike Doherty does. Nice to know there are some antidotes available.