APS News

February 1996 (Volume 5, Number 2)

News

Special Programming Planned for 1996 March and Spring Meetings
Special sessions focusing on the job market and science policy will be featured at the 1996 APS March Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, while the 1996 Spring Meeting in Indianapolis will feature sessions on high level unified physics.
 
Council Issues Statement on Helium Conservation
The APS Council adopted a statement in November calling for measures to conserve and enhance the nation's helium reserves.
 
Novel Plasma Applications Highlight 1995 DPP Meeting
More than 1200 plasma scientists gathered in Louisville, Kentucky to hear about the latest in plasma applications, as well as plasma transport, laser plasmas, and the magnetohydrodynamic process, during the 1995 annual meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, held 6-10 November.
 
Lustig to Retire as APS Treasurer
Dr. Harry Lustig, the APS Treasurer for almost 10 years, announced his intention to retire at the end of June.
 
Fluid Researchers Gather for 1995 DFD Meeting
New studies of various aspects of turbulence and the behavior of single strands of DNA in acqueous suspensions were among the highlights of the 1995 fall meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, held 19- 21 November in Irvine, California.
 
Council Approves Mass Media Fellowship Program
In November, the APS Council approved the establishment of an APS Mass Media Fellowship program to improve communication between physicists and the media.
 
Fano, Kamen to Receive Presidential Fermi Award
President Clinton announced in December that Ugo Fano and Martin Kamen are the recipients of the 1995 Enrico Fermi Award.
 
In Brief
The APS will join the Science Coalition, a Washington, DC-based lobbying organization working to demonstrate support for basic research; the Division of Biological Physics has compiled an electronic directory of graduate opportunities in biological physics; the APS Laser Science Topical Group has achieved divisional status; and three APS divisions will jointly sponsor a special colloquium for general audiences in conjunction with the 1996 APS/AAPT Joint Meeting.
 
CIFS to Petition China
At the March and May meetings the Society's Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists (CIFS) will be co-sponsoring a petition signing station with the New York-based Committee of Concerned Scientists.

Opinion

Letters
About: What Has Happened to Research at Independent Laboratories? — Basic Research Should Not Depend on Bureaucracy — Cold Water Thrown on Dowsing...
 
APS Views
APS Director of Public Information Robert Park, discusses the statement "Conservation of Helium" adopted by the APS Council.
 
The Back Page
Cold War Human Radiation Experiments: A Legacy of Distrust
 
Cartoon
At the Subcommittee for Short-Term Thinking...

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