APS News

April 2001 (Volume 10, Number 4)

News

NMD, National Security Issues Featured at 2001 April Meeting
The April meeting returns to DC this month, with a corresponding focus in current science policy issues in addition to the usual technical sessions.
 
Phase I CPU Report to be Discussed at April Meeting
Representatives from the CPU study group will report on its Phase I findings and seek input from the scientific community on the future of the interface between physics and astronomy.
 
NAS Publishes Survey of "Physics in a New Era"
A new NAS report profiles the frontiers of US physics research and outlines recommendations for physics policy.
 
AIP Report Finds Academic Jobs for Physicists Are On the Rise
Results from the 2001 Academic Workforce Report offer good news on the job market for PhD physicists.
 
MIT to Host First Conference on Image and Meaning in Science
Scientists from every field will join filmmakers, graphic artists, animators and other visually inclined professionals at a conference on image and meaning in science, to be held at MIT in June.
 
Institute Participants Ponder Archimedes' Principle
Scientists and educators from 46 states gathered in January to learn how they can contribute to K-8 science education reform.
 
Memorial Talk to Honor Feshbach
J. Dirk Walecka will offer a tribute to the late Herman Feshbach - a prominent nuclear physicist and former APS president - at the April meeting.
 
Campinas Workshop Could be the Start of a Series
The success of a recent summer workshop in Brazil may augur well for a series of such workshops at various locations throughout Latin America.
 
50 Years on Long Island
The APS Editorial office in Ridge, NY, hosted a bagel breakfast for its staff to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first issue of an APS journal produced on Long Island.
 
Master's Program Enhances Relevance of Physics to Zimbabwe
A new master's program in applied physics at the University of Zimbabwe is aimed at "making physics relevant" to that country.

Opinion

Letters
Science Textbooks Riddled with Errors — Keyworth Promotes Reagan-Bush-Bush Agenda — Physicists Obsess Over Small Part of Religion
 
Viewpoint
Science and Surpluses
 
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
A Fuga Really Big Numbers

Departments

This Month in Physics History
April 1946: First Concept of Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer
 
Physics and Technology Forefronts
Frozen Light: the Tip of the Iceberg
 
The Back Page
The Mathematics of One Person, One Vote

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