You Know You’re At a University When… October 10, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in physics life.
I spent the last year working at a lab in France. Sure, there were students, but they were in the minority. Everyone else was a professional. And thus the dress was fairly professional – almost no tee-shirts! And the lab was devoted to particle physics – to see a biologist you had to walk across the street and into the cafeteria; the cafeteria was considered neutral ground.
Now I’m back at the University of Washington. We have 1000’s of students through our building everyday. They clearly dress differently (some of the things on tee-shirts would never be worn in a professional environment!). And I walk through and eat in a biology/genetics building every day. In fact, they have pictures of the mouse and human genome hanging on their wall (sorry, not quite high resolution enough – need to DeepZoom it).
I like both environments, but there was a reason I tried to get a job at a university rather than a particle physics laboratory. I like the variety, I like rubbing shoulders with so many other disciplines (both in physics and in general) – though I always feel like I do not have enough time to take advantage of that contact. And of course there are the students.
That isn’t to say that I really miss living in France. 🙂