News Archive - 2015
Physicists Honored with National Medals
Nation's highest science and technology honors announced
Physicists Pen Letter to Supreme Court on Diversity in Physics
Note addresses comments from Supreme Court Justices in affirmative action case
Cherry Murray Will Take Helm at DOE Office of Science
Senate confirms nomination of experimental condensed matter physicist and former APS president
Thirty Meter Telescope Permit Revoked
Construction on Hawaii's Mauna Kea is blocked by State Supreme Court
Omid Kokabee Hospitalized
Imprisoned Iranian physicist's health worsens
APS Appoints New Publisher
Asia-Pacific region publishing manager for UK Institute of Physics to join top management staff of the American Physical Society
Underrepresentation of African Americans Persists in Physical Sciences
Study shows no improvement in the relative number of black students in the physical sciences over the past decade
Budget Deal Could Put Science Back on World Stage
First published in The Hill on November 18, 2015
Lawmakers Condemn Targeting of Chinese-American Scientists
Members of Congress call for investigation of Department of Justice allegations of economic espionage
Manhattan Project National Historical Park Established
Park commemorates sites located in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Washington
Russian-American Scientists Honor George Gamow (1904-1968)
Conference session celebrates physicist born 111 years ago
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Neutrino Experiments
Five collaborations in Canada, Japan, and China will split the $3 million prize
Budget Deal Eases Sequestration for Two Years
Deal could allow higher funding levels for science agencies, and makes a government shutdown unlikely
Leo Kadanoff, 1937-2015
Former APS president was a pioneer in modern statistical physics
Nuclear Physicists Look to the Future
The 2015 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science is unanimously approved.
Neutrino Oscillations Nab Nobel Prize
Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald win for discovery of the particles' shape-shifting nature.
House Science Committee Queries Astrobiology Researchers
Searches for life on other planets get the Congressional spotlight.
American Institute of Physics Announces Reorganization
New CEO Robert Brown spearheads changes to the federation of member societies.
Imprisoned Iranian Physicist's Mother Calls for His Release
Letter to Iran's supreme leader requests pardon of Omid Kokabee, nearly five years after his arrest.
Nobel Prize Predictions
Thomson Reuters foresees winners in fields of attophysics, ultra-cold atomic gases, or nanogenerators.
Charges Dropped for Physicist Accused of Sharing U.S. Technology with China
U.S. government dismisses accusations of wire fraud against Xiaoxing Xi of Temple University.
Lone Physicist in Congress Will Support Iran Nuclear Deal
Representative Bill Foster praises the agreement after reviewing technical details.
Light Festival to Shine in Washington, D.C.
A celebration of light is coming to our nation's capital, this Saturday, September 12.
Report Endorses Advanced Cosmic Microwave Background Research at South Pole
A recent National Academies study proposes research priorities in the Antarctic.
APS Welcomes New STEM-Ed Fellow
APS is excited to welcome Ramon Barthelemy, the 2015 APS/AIP STEM-Ed Fellow, who will be working on STEM programs in the U.S. Department of Education.
Laura Greene is New Chief Scientist at MagLab
APS Vice President Laura Greene is the new chief scientist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Dirac Medals Awarded to Condensed Matter Theorists
The International Center for Theoretical Physics honored three physicists for their contributions to theoretical condensed matter physics.
Physicists Endorse Nuclear Deal with Iran
Many prominent U.S. physicists are among the supporters of the proposed nuclear weapons deal with Iran.
Comprehensive Senate Energy Bill Approved by Committee
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 with bipartisan support (18-4 vote).
Cherry Murray Nominated to Lead DOE Office of Science
The White House announced the nomination of physicist Cherry Murray for the position of director of the DOE's Office of Science.
APS Begins Release of Public Access CHORUS Papers
APS is releasing the first wave of articles, making papers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) freely available through CHORUS.
Jack Gibbons 1929-2015
John H. “Jack” Gibbons, a physicist who served as science advisor to President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, passed away on July 17th.
New U.S. National Security Faculty Fellows Announced
The U.S. Department of Defense has selected seven scientists as 2015 National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows.
Nobel Prize winner Yoichiro Nambu, 1921-2015
Yoichiro Nambu has passed away at the age of 94.
ASEE Board Recognizes Physics as Vital to Engineering Education
Engineering, which relies on the fundamental principles of physics, provides a rewarding career pathway and is a vital cog in America’s innovation economy.
DCMP Chair-Elect Promotes APS Helium Initiatives at Congressional Hearing
Halperin was joined by four other witnesses who testified during the subcommittee’s July 8 oversight hearing on The Helium Stewardship Act and the Path Forward.
U.S. Physics Olympiad Team Returns With Gold and Silver
Top high-school physics students from around the world face a challenging battery of tests.
Wonder and Awe for Cheap: New Horizons
Three billion miles and nine-and-a-half years ago, NASA launched the New Horizons spacecraft to explore our solar system.
Physicists Find Fulfillment Outside of Academia
A new report from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) finds that most private sector Ph.D. physicists find their careers rewarding.
2015 APS Election Results
The votes have been counted from the 2015 APS Election.
APS Member Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Gets the HuffPo Treatment
The Huffington Post profiled APS member Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a theoretical astrophysicist at MIT.
APS Fellow Eli Yablonovitch Wins Institute of Physics’ Highest Honor
The award recognizes “his visionary and foundational contributions to photonic nanostructures.”
Restart of Hawaiian Telescope Construction Blocked by Protesters
Construction of the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) in Hawaii was once again stopped by protestors.
Physicists Converge on the Perimeter Institute
Physicists across several disciplines came together for frank discussions of the current state of physics and possibilities for the future.
IEEE Awards Medal of Honor to APS Past President Mildred Dresselhaus
Mildred Dresselhaus first woman to receive IEEE Medal of Honor.
U.S. Physics Olympiad Traveling Team Selected
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced the group of five U.S. high school students who will participate in the 46th International Physics Olympiad.
Senate Bill Provides 5-year Roadmap for Energy Research Funding
APS has given its support to the newly introduced “Energy Title of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015” (S. 1398).
American Institute of Physics Names New CEO
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has selected Robert G. W. Brown as their next CEO.
APS President Testifies on DHS S&T; Recommends Changes
APS President Sam Aronson testified today before a subcommittee of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on the lack of transparency with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate.
United States and CERN Boost Cooperation
Representatives from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and CERN signed a new accord to ensure continued collaboration.
Editor in Chief of APS Journals Steps Down
Gene Sprouse, Editor in Chief of the APS research journals, has stepped down from the position.
Congressional COMPETES Bill Starves Some Programs to Feed Others
The House Science Committee put forward controversial legislation that would reprioritize federal spending on science and research.
2015 NSF Waterman Award to Metamaterials Scientist
One of the U.S. government’s highest scientific honors has been awarded to Andrea Alù at the University of Texas at Austin.
Alabama Students Speak Out About Science Funding
A group of students at University of Alabama-Birmingham recently made a video about the importance of federal science funding and how it is affecting their state.
NIST Joins Other Agencies in Spelling Out an Open Access Policy
NIST announced a new plan that will make NIST funded research articles publicly available.
Particle Physicists Gather to Plan Next Accelerator
Many of CERN’s top scientists met to share their research and preliminary designs for a Future Circular Collider.
National Science Foundation Issues Open Access Policy
Journal articles supported by grants from the NSF will be free to read one year after their publication.
NSF Makes Peace with Congress
A new NSF policy will require non-technical explanations and justifications for new grants.
“Star Trek” Consultant, Science Producer Communicate Value of Science during APS March Meeting
The APS Office of Public Affairs invited two television producers to discuss how popular science-based film can help underscore the value of science.
Sole Physicist in Congress Prepares to Defend Science
Representative Bill Foster (D-Ill.) appointed to serve on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Mixed News for Science in President's 2016 Budget Request
President Obama's 2016 budget calls for an end to sequestration, but spending emphasizes technical programs, not science.
Omid Kokabee Honored with AAAS Award
Omid Kokabee was awarded the 2014 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award.
Val Fitch 1923-2015
Nobel laureate who co-discovered violation of symmetry rules in particle decays dies at age 91.
The American Physical Society Names its First Chief Executive Officer
The APS Board of Directors has voted to appoint Dr. Kate Kirby as the first CEO of APS.
Charles Townes 1915-2015
Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the laser Charles Townes passed away on Tuesday, January 27, at the age of 99.
Iranian Appeals Court Rejects Release of Imprisoned Physicist
An appeals court in Iran rejected the recommendations of its supreme court and upheld Kokabee's prison sentence.