APS News

July 1998 (Volume 7, Number 7)

News

Educator/Student Day Draws Local High Schoolers
The APS/AAPT Spring Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, featured a special Educator/Student Day on Monday, April 20th.
 
Highlights form Columbus, OH Spring Meeting: "Cosmic Chords," Quark Gluon Plasmas
Approximately 1,200 physicists assembled in Columbus, Ohio for the 1998 Joint Spring Meeting of the APS and AAPT, 18-21 April.
 
Check out the Centennial Webpage
Up to date Centennial event and meeting information will be posted on the Centennial webpage from now through 1999.
 
"Cosmic Chords" Support of Einstein's Theory
The strongest gravitational fields ever measured have been recorded by scientists using the Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite.
 
First Observation of Quark-Gluon Plasma?
Some researchers have suggested that QGP's may have already been produced at CERN's Super Proton Synchrotron.
 
A Century of Physics
1935-1945: Physics in World War II.
 
Gala Event of the Century
A black-tie optional gala event and dinner in celebration of the accomplishments of the 20th Century physics will take place Saturday evening, March 21, 1999 at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta.
 
Isidor Rabi: Scientist and Citizen
Rabi was one of the most influential leaders who brought American physics out of the shadows cast by the greatness of European physicists.
 
Recent Experiments on Exotic Atoms
Trapped exotic particles may serve as a probe for the strong and electromagnetic forces exerted by the atomic nucleus.
 
In Brief
Neal Lane becomes new OSTP Director;Rita Colwell confirmed as new NSF Director; Physics Today celebrated its Golden Anniversary; Online resource for Physical Sciences established.
 
Speakers at Centennial Session Pay Tribute to Leo SzilardSpeakers at Centennial Session Pay Tribute to Leo Szilard
Leo Szilard -- physicist, inventor, biologist, writer and occasional diplomat -- was the subject of a special Saturday afternoon session at the APS/AAPT Spring Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
 
Physical Review Editorial Office Expanding
Ever notice how the 'Creeping Green,' aka Physical Review journals, demands ever increasing shelf space?
 
Council Structure to be Reviewed by Newly Established Task Force
Chaired by Ernest Henley (University of Washington), the task force is charged with reviewing the structure of the Council with respect to representation and overall size, and with examining the distribution of responsibilities between the Council, Executive Board, and various bylaw committees.
 
Physics and Toys: Fun for Everyone
There are any number of toys which can be used to illustrate various physics principles of mechanics
 
Members To Choose New Leadership for 1999
1998 General Election Preview
 
Springtime Demos Illustrate Basic Physics Concepts
On Sunday afternoon, physicists from Ohio State University entertained attendees of the APS/AAPT Spring Meeting with demonstrations illustrating physics principles in everyday objects.

Opinion

A Year of Opportunities: APS Retiring Presidential Address
APS past president D. Allen Bromley recaps a year of opportunities for the Society.
 
Letters
Nuclear Test Dark Matter
 
The Back Page
Readers respond to Priscilla Auchincloss' May Back page article on Physics and Feminism.

Departments

Zero Gravity
Top Ten Star Trek Bloopers by Lawrence Klauss.

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