News Archive - 2016
Vera Rubin, Trailblazer of Astrophysics, Dies at 88
Accomplished astronomer made early discoveries of "dark matter"
APS Fellows Awarded Breakthrough Prizes in Silicon Valley
LIGO Team, early-career physicists, and string theorists among 2017 recipients
Richard Garwin Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
Physicist receives highest U.S. civilian honor
Societies Urge President-Elect to Appoint a Science Advisor
CEOs, presidents, and executive directors of U.S. scientific societies ask for meeting to recommend candidates to assist White House.
Prize and Award Speakers at the April Meeting 2017
The "Higgs Hunters" Carl M. Bender, and Martin Rees among invited award recipients in Washington D.C.
NASA Achieves Milestones With James Webb Space Telescope
With its primary mirrors complete, the Webb telescope is starting preliminary testing at NASA-GSFC
Institute for Advanced Study Named Joint Historic U.S. Physics Site
APS and European Physical Society to honor Princeton-based Institute
Kavli Microbiome Ideas Challenge
Researching Small Organisms with a Big Impact
Joseph L. Birman (1927-2016)
Theoretical Physicist and Human Rights Activist Dies at the Age of 89
APS Questions for the Presidential Candidates
APS works on behalf of its members, and the physics community at large, to inform policy leaders about the importance of physics and research funding.
The Helium Crisis
Skyrocketing prices for liquid helium — an essential resource for our nation’s healthcare technologies and research enterprise — are placing the U.S. innovation ecosystem at significant risk.
Phys21: Revamp Undergraduate Physics
Joint Task Force Report Recommends Changes to Prepare Students for Diverse Careers
2016 Nobel Prize in Physics
David J. Thouless, F. Duncan M. Haldane, and J. Michael Kosterlitz won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for their theoretical discoveries using topological concepts.
Deborah Jin (1968-2016)
Atomic physicist loses battle with cancer at age 47
Science and Technology Bear the Brunt of Budget Dysfunction
The House and Senate are on the verge of recessing at the end of September without passing any appropriations bills for the next fiscal year.
APS Members Awarded Funding to Break the Boundaries of Classical Physics
NSF program awards 9 teams across the U.S. to research wave properties
Wowing the Judges: 2016 LeRoy Apker Finalists Showcase Notable Undergraduate Research
Young alumnae convene in D.C. to present to the Apker Award selection committee
Omid Kokabee Released After 5 Years in Jail
Iran allows jailed physicist to leave prison on parole
Katharine Blodgett Gebbie (1932-2016)
Leader of NIST laboratories saw her researchers collect four Nobel prizes in less than two decades
APS Fellows Receive 2016 Dirac Medal and Prize
Physics institute recognizes three for their work in quantum field theory
DAMOP Votes to Move 2018 Meeting
APS division responds to North Carolina law on public restrooms
Industry Sabbaticals for Physics Faculty
Taking a sabbatical in industry could be a gateway for academic researchers into the private sector
Global Light Pollution Masks the True Night Sky
A monthly recap of papers selected by the editors of Physics.
The Future of Liquid Helium Purchasing
The success of the APS-ACS Liquid Helium Purchasing Program sparks initiative to aid long-term liquid helium demand
The Cato Institute’s Opposing Views on Science Funding Show the Need for Physics Advocacy
At a briefing on Capitol Hill, the Cato Institute made a case against government support for science, but it actually showed why we need to speak out in favor of that funding.
Bringing Home the Gold From Zurich
All U.S. Physics Olympiad students bring home medals from world competition
The Open Access Wrecking Ball
In an age of electronic communication, everyone expects to have access to information on the Web instantly and without using a credit card to get it.
Juno’s Road Trip to Jupiter
NASA mission successfully enters orbit around solar system’s largest planet
The Implications of a Clumpy Universe
How ditching the assumptions of uniform mass distribution led to better predictions of cosmological expansion
Institute of Physics Awards go to Two APS Fellows
Medalists from the UK are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the physics community
Citizen Science Project Gravity Spy Undergoes Testing
LIGO team recruits public to help with gravitational wave data analysis
APS Selects Editor in Chief
Pierre Meystre slated to take the editorial helm at the APS journals
Innovation Pipeline Reception Highlights Ways to Keep America Competitive in 21st Century
During the reception, several speakers addressed strategies for strengthening the innovator pipeline.
Second Black Hole Merger Observed by LIGO
Gravitational waves from second event point to coalescence of smaller black holes
Names Proposed for New Elements
Approval to follow five-month public comment period
2016 Kavli Prizes Awarded for Gravitational Wave Detection and Nanoscale Microscopy
LIGO, atomic-scale microscopy, and brain remodeling garner awards
LISA Pathfinder Paves the Way for Space-Based Gravitational Wave Observatory
New result shows that sensitive systems for detecting gravitational waves can work in orbit
Kokabee Released on Medical Furlough
Imprisoned Iranian physics graduate student temporarily released after kidney operation
Clearer Grant Titles Can Help Ward Off Funding Critics
Grant titles have come under fire from some members of Congress who say the scientists’ research is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars.
APS Office of Public Affairs Interns: A Little Recycling Goes a Long Way
Letter to the Editor authored by two Northern Illinois University undergraduate students
Omid Kokabee’s Health Continues to Decline
Imprisoned physics student diagnosed with cancer
APS Division of Particles and Fields Award for Instrumentation
Unit award recognizes development of new detector technology
APS President’s Letter to Leader of Turkey
2016 APS President Homer Neal Writes to Turkish president regarding mistreatment of scholars
Physics in Cuba
After the beginning of a thaw in U.S. relations with Cuba, scientists discuss prospects for collaboration with our southern neighbor
Experience the 1987 "Woodstock of Physics" Online
YouTube videos highlight marathon superconductivity session at 1987 APS March Meeting
APS President Writes Congress; You Should, Too
The APS President has done his part, and it’s time to do yours.
PhysTEC Recognizes Universities for Physics Teacher Preparation
The 5+ Club honors institutions that graduate 5 or more qualified physics teachers in a year
DOE Responds to National Labs Report
Department of Energy plans to act on panel's recommendations
Gravitational Waves Ripple Through House Science Committee
Observations during the LIGO House Science Committee hearing reveal attitudes toward federal funding for science and the associated impacts of LIGO's discovery.
White House FY2017 Budget Request
President Obama’s last budget is unlikely to garner congressional support
Elusive Gravitational Waves Seen Directly for the First Time
A paper in the APS journal Physical Review Letters reports a detection by LIGO and Virgo collaborations
Gravitational Waves Caught in the Act
LIGO observation of black hole merger heralds a new era in astronomy
CHORUS Elects APS Publisher to Board of Directors
Matthew Salter joins board of open access consortium
Edward Witten Receives Inaugural APS Medal
Thanks to a donation from entrepreneur Jay Jones, the new prize recognizes achievement in physics across all disciplines
New Head of Berkeley Lab Announced
Physicist Michael Witherell will head the national laboratory
2014 APS Outreach Grant Funds Physics Documentary
Group from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid has released a YouTube video on the value of condensed matter physics
Four Elements Added to the Periodic Table
Discoveries made by groups from Russia, Japan, and the US are confirmed