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Queens College Nucleus, V10, N1, 1972



Queens College Nucleus, V10, N1, 1972


The journal of undergraduate scientific research at Queens College


College student newspapers and periodicals
Queens College (New York, NY.)


Queens College (New York, NY.)




Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)




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Queens College (New York, NY.)


Shelly r. goodman- Editor-in-chief
Russell katz- Literary Editor
Joe Mauro- Photography Editor
Jeffrey L. Cole- Art Editor
Gary Berkowitz- Business Manager

Literary- Mary Avary, alan berns, Susan bienenfeld, Leslie Brandies, Gail Boldbergt, Jeffrey Gordon, mark Heller, Harvey Hirsch, Martin Hoffman, Elaine Puchalsky, Sue Richman, Susan Werter

Leslie Brandeis, Gordon lea, Robert Levine, Michael Plan, Alan Rosenberg

Jeffrey Himan, Fran Weinstein

Steve fischkoff,royce fishman, William Markowitz,

Mary Arvay, Carol Einbinder, Beth Goldstein, Joanna Litsakis, Janice Shapiro

Professor Martin L. Kaplan, Faculty Advisor

"WHAT? You're a chem major? Can I touch you?" I was rather taken aback when someone recently said this to me in dead earnest. I realize that science majors are a minority on campus, and being a girl in science makes me even more of a rarity, but I've never thought of myself as an object of curiosity.

Contrary to popular belief, scientists are human. We walk, we talk; wind us up, and we may even smile. Why do so many laymen conjure up a vision of the eccentric madman (and one would indeed have to be mad to enjoy science) when the word scientist is mentioned? Why are we pictured as being cold, unfeeling people, who voluntarily cut ourselves off from everything except our work? Surely we are doing something to deserve this criticism.

Many scientists, although not totally mad, do fit this image. Locked up in their laboratories, they lead an ivory-tower existence. They engage in research without considering its effects on society. No one, with the exception of government, was particularly delighted with the development of germ warfare or the atom bomb. There is also a percentage of people across the country who are involved in insignificant or fabricated research for the sole purpose of keeping their jobs or getting a promotion. They are taking money away from others working in important areas (i.e. cancer or ecological research) where money is urgently needed.

Scientists, perhaps more than any other professionals, have an obligation to their fellow human beings to continually question the consequences and validity of their work. Scientific knowledge is increasing by leaps and bounds, but is the development of such advanced hardware as an SST, (made possible only through technological advances) which destroys the environment necessarily progress? Unfortunately, as we increase our knowledge, we do not increase our wisdom, and when a scientist discovers a new formula or method, the ensuing situation often resembles the case of the baby with a new toy- it just has to be tried out. Whether science serves to help man or destroy him must be decided by the scientist himself, for it is he who knows best what effects his labor will have. But this can only be done if he continues to inspect his own work with objective and open eyes. If he is truly concerned with mankind's welfare, the scientist must be selfless enough to permit work more important than his own to be done, instead of engaging in trivial and wasteful research for personal gains.

If the scientist is to gain the respect of society he must inject himself into the mainstream of life and apply his knowledge to help us out of the mess he helped us into, and then maybe the laymen will say, "What! You're a chem major? Can I shake your hand?"

Here at Queens, many students are given the opportunity to engage in thetr own research under the guidance of a faculty member or to assist on a project already under investigation. The articles appearing in Nucleus represent the results of some of this work in the sciences. While none of the work presented in this journal can be considered vitally important to society, it can be said that each person has made a good contribution to his field. In addition, each has gained some valuable experience.

I could not close without thanking the many people who have helped to make this journal possible. I would like to extend my thanks to the chairmen of the various science departments for supporting my budget request to the Student Association Financial Board; to Dr. Nicholas Coch (Earth & Environmental Sciences) for his help and guidance; to Professor Martin Kaplan (Biology) for his advice and encouragement; to Dr. Norman Goldman (Chemistry) with whom I was not doing research for a while; to the entire staff; and most of all, to my parents, for giving up the basement for two months, and putting up with me.



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