Field of Science

Dark Matter between students and mentors

I don't have alot to say about this yet, but there is a new film called Dark Matter that recently won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for science films at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It's based on a tragic story that happened here at the University of Iowa in 1991. Gang Lu, a physics PhD student shot and killed five people (including his advisor), seriously injured another and then killed himself. It's a harrowing case of conflict between mentor and student gone terribly wrong. There is an interesting article in the New York Times today about the new film and some of the realities of mentoring. I don't think that the film has screened in Iowa City yet, but I assume it will soon.

Image from the Dark Matter wikipedia site.

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