Members in the Media
"I've become interested in the impact of climate change on the world, and the future of energy needs for the developing world, but right now I'm focusing on how we can take effective precautions against terrorism without harming our civil liberties."
— Burton Richter, Stanford, San Francisco Chronicle, October 8, 2001
"California in particular is very good in leadership — exploring the unknown, going out into the jungle, having the courage to know that you'll fail most of the time. Compare that with my native country. Sweden is good in management, but Swedish society does not accept failures the way we do."
— Sig Hagstrom, Stanford, on why California produces so many Nobel Prize winners, San Francisco Chronicle, October 8, 2001
"There are literally millions of ways a terrorist could attack next."
— Rob Duncan, University of New Mexico, on the difficulty of defending against terrorism, Albuquerque Journal, October 7, 2001
"We're looking at things so small, it's like being able to see my office window from 4 million miles away in space.''
— Wilson Ho, UC Irvine, on techniques for manipulating individual atoms, Orange County Register, October 7, 2001
"The chips could one day be used to pluck individual atoms from a BEC. You have a magnetic trap that's much, much simpler than any other experiment and that is much more versatile."
— Joerg Schmiedmayer, University of Heidelberg, on new techniques to trap atoms, New Scientist, October 6, 2001
"We are now in the middle of a revolution in astrophysics. That revolution actually started here."
— Baha Balantekin, University of Wisconsin, on the Homestake Mine in South Dakota, AP, October 5, 2001
"Teleportation is a really unfortunate term. It implies moving people from point A to point B."
— Christopher Monroe, University of Michigan, on the meaning of quantum teleportation, Christian Science Monitor, October 4, 2001
"This requires only a modest-size blower at the normal air intake to the building that makes sure that any leakage of air in the building is out rather than in. "
— Richard Garwin, Council on Foreign Relations, on ways to protect a building from bioterrorism, NY Times, October 23, 2001
"The main puzzle about solar neutrinos is that their measured number has always been lower than expected. Though the main explanation is now that neutrinos have mass - which was not originally predicted -details about how they are produced in the sun still need to be investigated."
— Carl A. Gagliardi, Texas A&M University, UPI, October 22, 2001
"Being an ordinary scientist and an ordinary Christian seems perfectly natural to me. For others, however, it appears strange, even astonishing, that someone could be serious about science and about faith."
— William Phillips, NIST, The Washington Times, October 22, 2001
"One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment."
— Steven Weinberg, University of Texas, Dallas Morning News, October 23, 2001
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