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Speaker Series: Lyman Briggs HPS Professor Dr. Dan Menchik

Bonus points if you understood that the title of this post is a reference to the popular television show “Friends”.

We will be having our next meeting on February 11th, 2014 in C-102 Holmes Hall.  Our speaker for this meeting is Dr. Menchik a Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Lyman Briggs College. His research delves into understanding the medical field and the work environment within from an sociological perspective.  He is also currently writing a book on authority in the medical field, specifically, how medical knowledge and practice can negatively affect the authority.

In 2013, Dr. Menchik also received an award from the American Sociological Association. If you would like to learn more about him or his recent research interests click either of the following links (I highly recommend reading the abstract below it is very interesting!):

Now that I have introduced the speaker this where I would normally give you a brief summary of the meeting topic she/he would be discussing. However, when we emailed Dr. Menchik to ask what he would like to talk about the below paragraph is what we received and, well, it says it all and in a much more interesting fashion than I ever could.

“In this informal presentation I’ll talk about features of HPS that make it the uber-major. I’ll also mention some amazing opportunities HPS offers for those who don’t want to take the plunge. I’ll discuss data that evaluates whether majors actually matter with respect to post-college opportunities. And after talking some about the things you actually can control during your number of years on this fine campus, I may propose some nostalgia- or regret-driven reflections about maximizing the whole MSU experience.

Also, there will be snacks.”

We’re all excited for this meeting and hope you are too! See you there!

-The HPSSA E-board

About msuhpssa

The History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Student Association (HPSSA) was founded in January 2012 by students in Lyman Briggs, a residential college for the sciences at Michigan State University. History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, often shortened HPS, plays an integral part in Lyman Briggs by bridging the sciences and humanities in student education.


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