April 15, 2007
APS Head of Media Relations
2007 April APS Meeting
College Park, MD — The April Meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) will occur April 14-17, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. This is the second of the two largest general physics meetings of the year. The first one, the APS March Meeting, takes place March 5-9 and is concerned with condensed matter, chemical, and biological physics. At the April Meeting, by contrast, the big topic areas are particle, nuclear, astro, and plasma physics. In addition there will be a wide variety of session devoted to education, national security, energy research, and other social issues. Examples include the popularization of science (session B5) with speakers such as Lawrence Krauss (“Physics of Star Trek” and “Hiding in the Mirror”) and Brian Greene (“The Elegant Universe” and “The Fabric of the Cosmos”); a talk by the man, Sam Pitroda, who heads India's National Knowledge Commission and is regarded as the father of that nation's communications revolution (M10.3); and a session (K5) on the current role of nuclear weapons in establishing foreign policy. Other notable speakers include James Hansen (NASA) on climate change, Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute) on energy efficiency, and the 2006 physics Nobelists John Mather (NASA) and George Smoot (LBL) on the cosmic microwave background.
WEBSITE AND PRESSROOM
SOME EXPECTED HIGHLIGHTS AND STORY IDEAS FOR THE MEETING
WHERE DOES THE PROTON GET ITS SPIN?
TEN PETABYTES PER YEAR
GRAVITY PROBE B
A NEW VIEW OF THE UNIVERSE ABOVE THE NORTH GALACTIC POLE
NEW ATOMIC EFFECT
NEW MEASUREMENT OF THE PION LIFETIME
PUTTING NEWTON TO THE TEST
COSMIC CAUSES OF TERRESTRIAL BIODIVERSITY
PHYSICS FESTIVALS AND FIGHTS
The American Physical Society (www.aps.org) is a non-profit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents over 50,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, DC.