Several UI faculty and staff members and students will be featured beginning this week in a radio series produced by a group of UI engineering and physical sciences graduate students and funded by the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab. The program, "Science Left Out," will be broadcast locally on community radio station WEFT-FM (90.1) from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Mondays, through Oct. 31. The programs focus on the nonscientific activities of scientists and explore the human side of various science-oriented professions, according to physics graduate student Peter Miller, who initiated the project. For example, one program examines political involvement by scientists and features physics professor Mike Weissman, who talks about his role in resisting the federal government's "Star Wars" research and development efforts, and nuclear engineering professor Cliff Singer, who discusses his motivations for running for political office. In another program, four female scientists discuss the difficulties of being women in male- dominated fields, and share tactics that have helped them get ahead professionally. Miller said he started the project because he wanted to gain a broader understanding of how science works, and to share that understanding with others. "I just thought that people were running around answering questions about nature without asking, 'Why do we care about these questions?' " Miller said. "I think I need a sense of purpose in my work, and building the foundations for faster computers didn't seem like an overwhelmingly worthwhile purpose."