In an opinion piece, Stephon Alexander, the Ernest Everett Just 1907 Professor of Natural Sciences and director of Dartmouth’s E.E. Just Program, talks about his responsibility toward younger generations of aspiring scientists who are members of minority groups.
“I feel a deep responsibility to speak and act; I would not be a theoretical physicist today if both black and white scholars had not spoken and acted on my behalf,” Alexander writes.
“All physicists should be on the lookout for talented students who might not have had the best preparation, or whose imaginations might not follow well-trodden paths,” he says. “Many of the greatest minds might not reach their potential without some help from those who have gone before.”
Read the full opinion piece, published 2/4/13 in The New York Times.