Physics at Virginia

"Science, Political Science, and Social Responsibility"

J.J. Suh and Seunghun Lee , Johns Hopkins University / University of Virginia
[Host: Seunghun Lee]
J.J. Suh, a political scientist, and S.-H. Lee, a physicist, have been working together to find out what really happened to the South Korean (SK) Navy corvette, the Cheonan, that sank on March 26, 2010 in the Yellow Sea near the sea border with North Korea. On May 20 after almost two months of investigation, the SK-appointed Joint Investigation Group concluded that the Cheonan had been destroyed by a North Korean torpedo. Our close examination of the JIG's evidence, however, shows that its conclusion is scientifically untenable and that the integrity of some of its scientific data has been compromised. This episode clearly illustrates the need of interaction and collaboration between social science and natural science experts when science gets entangled with politics, as it often does in this technologically ever-developing world.
Friday, October 1, 2010
4:00 PM
Physics Building, Room 204
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