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$5 Million Campaign Is A Joint Project of The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers
Thirty-nine Nobel laureates have joined with top corporate leaders to launch The Campaign for Physics, a joint effort of The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, to raise $5 million toward reforming science education. Honorary Chair William Hewlett, Hewlett-Packard Company, heads the Campaign's Executive Committee, which also includes Robert Allen, AT&T; Norman Augustine, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Robert Galvin, Motorola, Inc.; Gordon Moore, Intel Corporation; Lewis Platt, Hewlett-Packard Company and George Soros, Philanthropist.
Hewlett considers the Campaign an imperative. "Without improved science education, the nation is at risk of raising a new generation that is unable to function effectively in a world where scientific understanding is essential to economic competitiveness and national security." Nicolaas Bloembergen, Chair of the Campaign Council of Nobel Laureates, believes that this initiative will contribute significantly to the reform of science education. "The carefully developed programs of the Campaign will make a dramatic difference in elementary through graduate level science teaching, benefitting students, teachers, industry and our nation." The Campaign's programs are designed to take maximum advantage of the expertise of the 50,000 members of The American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, two of the nation's leading scientific societies.
The Campaign for Physics will support five initiatives: