APS News

October 1995 (Volume 4, Number 9)

News

Meeting To Rotate Sites
Beginning in 1996, the annual APS Joint Spring Meeting -- traditionally held in Washington, DC -- will move out of Washington in alternate years in an attempt to boost attendance.
 
Inside the Beltway: Supporters Rally To Save NIST From Congressional Budget Ax
Efforts in both houses of Congress to dismantle the Department of Commerce have aroused concern throughout the scientific community over the fate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
 
Dear Members of Congress
Nobel Prize recipients write to emphasize the essential role to the nation of the NIST laboratories and to urge that federal funding be maintained.
 
Accelerator Research and Applications Featured at PAC 1995
New developments in the science, technology and use of accelerators provided the primary focus of the 1995 Particle Accelerator Conference, held 1-5 May in Dallas, Texas.
 
Physicist To Be Honored at ILS-XI
Richart Slusher of AT&T Bell Laboratories was awarded the 1995 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science at the ILS-XI meeting in September.
 
APS Names Bertsch as New Editor of RMP
The APS has selected George Bertsch of the University of Washington as the new editor of Reviews in Modern Physics; he is replacing retiring long- time editor David Pines.
 
Latest Developments in Computational Physics Showcased at PC 1995
Some of the latest research results and developments in computational physics were presented during Physics Computing 1995, the biannual meeting of the APS Division of Computational Physics.
 
In Brief
The APS Division of Plasma Physics issued a statement on the scope of plasma physics research; the recipients of the 1995 DAMOP Thesis Award and the Shock Compression Science Award are announced; and Pratibha Jolly of India's University of Delhi is the 1994-1995 Kilambi Ramavataram Fellow

Opinion

Letters
Graph on Journal Growth Was Misleading - APS Should Not Be a Forum for Partisan Name-Calling
 
Physicists and the Eternal Struggle for Human Rights
Andrew Sessler, recipient of the 1995 APS Dwight Nicholson Medal, describes his work on behalf of scientists from the former Soviet Union.
 
House to Downsize the Solar System
An ingenious look at how to further reduce NASA's budget, from NASA scientists Robert Haberle, Richard Young, and Kevin Zahmale.
 
APS Views
John Mateja, who chairs the APS Committee on Education, takes a look at the state of undergraduate education in the U.S., and how the APS can help.
 
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A Changing Environment for Graduate Programs in Science

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