POPA Reports

The APS Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) initiates in-depth studies on topics ranging from energy and environment to national security issues. In this process, POPA takes the lead — subject to Council approval — in securing outside funding and establishing the Study Group. The final decision on the release of the study is made by the Council, with advice from POPA and from a Review Panel appointed by the Council.

In addition to these large-scale studies, members of POPA have carried out smaller studies, some of which have led to informal reports. These reports, when read and accepted by POPA (but not reviewed with the formality of APS Studies), become POPA Reports.


2017

POPA Stem ReportRecruiting Teachers in High-Needs STEM Fields: A Survey of Current Majors and Recent STEM Graduates
A Report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs


2016

POPA Helium ReportResponding to the U.S. Research Community's Liquid Helium Crisis
A report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs, Materials Research Society, and the American Chemical Society


2013

Renewing Licenses for the Nation's Nuclear Power Plants Renewing Licenses for the Nation's Nuclear Power Plants
A Report by the APS Panel on Public Affairs

 

A Technical Review: The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Transformational and Applied Research Directorate R&D Program A Technical Review: The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Transformational and Applied Research Directorate R&D Program
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee and the IEEE

 

U.S.-Russian Nuclear Reductions After New START: Summary of a Workshop Exploring Next Steps U.S.-Russian Nuclear Reductions After New START: Summary of a Workshop Exploring Next Steps
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)


2011

Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee and the Materials Research Society (MRS)


2010

Integrating Renewable Electricity on the Grid Integrating Renewable Electricity on the Grid
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee on Energy & Environment

 

Technical Steps to Support Nuclear Arsenal Downsizing Technical Steps to Support Nuclear Arsenal Downsizing
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs


2008

Nuclear Weapons in 21st Century US National SecurityNuclear Weapons in 21st Century U.S. National Security
A Joint Report of AAAS, American Physical Society, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies

 

Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for 21st Century Challenges Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for 21st Century Challenges
A Report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee on Energy & Environment

 

Nuclear Forensics: Role, State of the Art, Program Needs Nuclear Forensics - Role, State of the Art, Program Needs
Prepared by the Joint Working Group of American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)


2007

Challenges of Electricity Storage Techniques Challenges of Electricity Storage Technologies
A report from the APS Panel on Public Affairs Committee on Energy & Environment

 

Consolidated Interim Storage of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel Consolidated Interim Storage of Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel
A technical and programmatic assessment by the APS Panel on Public Affairs


2005

Nuclear Power Proliferation ResistanceNuclear Power and Proliferation Resistance
A report by the Nuclear Energy Study Group of the APS Panel on Public Affairs

 


2004

The Moon-Mars Program The Moon-Mars Program format_pdf 
A report by American Physical Society Special Committee on NASA Funding for Astrophysics

 

The Modern Pit Facility The Modern Pit Facility (MPF) format_pdf
A discussion paper drafted by the National Security Subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs

 

The Hydrogen Initiative The Hydrogen Initiative
A discussion paper drafted by the Energy Subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs


2001

Nuclear Energy: Present Technology, Safety, and Future Directions Nuclear Energy: Present Technology, Safety, and Future Directions: A Status Report format_pdf
This paper reviews the methods used to analyze the safety of reactors and presents a description of the new designs


2000

Report of the APS Advisory Committee for Technical Studies on National Missile Defense Report of the APS Advisory Committee for Technical Studies on National Missile Defense
A report of the APS Advisory Committee for Technical Studies on National Missile Defense appointed by the APS President


1998

Physics, Technology, and Economic GrowthPhysics, Technology and Economic Growth format_pdf
Prepared by the Science, Technology, and Economic Growth Committee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs


1996

The Current Energy Situation & Background Papers The Current Energy Situation & Background Papers
A paper written by members of the APS Panel on Public Affairs Subcommittee on Energy & Enivronment

 

Background Paper in Support of the American Physical Society's Statement on Conservation of Helium Background Paper in Support of the American Physical Society's Statement on Conservation of Helium
A background paper preapred by members of the APS Panel on Public Affairs


1995

Power Line Fields and Public Health Power Line Fields and Public Health