APS News

December 2002 (Volume 11, Number 12)


IUPAP Declares 2005 "World Year of Physics"; Franz Elected Secretary-General
Resolutions declaring 2005 the "World Year of Physics" and providing guidelines for enhancing the role of women physics were among the actions taken during the 2002 IUPAP General Assembly in Berlin, Germany.
Yee-Haw! March Meeting Heads Down to Austin, Texas
The self-proclaimed "music capital of the nation" will host the 2002 APS March meeting.
Solar Neutrinos, Latest RHIC Data Highlight DNP Meeting
The solution to the solar neutrino problem and new data from RHIC experiments were among the highlights of the 2002 fall meeting of the APS Division of Nuclear Physics.
APS News Asks Readers to Pick Historic American Physics Sites
New FHP project seeks input from APS members.
APS Apker Award Honors Two Young Physicists
Jason Alicea of the University of Florida and Charles Doret of Williams College received recognition for their senior thesis work.
Nobel Prize in Physics Honors Astrophysics Pioneers
The work of Davis, Koshiba and Giacconi led to the establishment of two new branches of astrophysics, those involving x-rays and neutrinos.
Wiseman Reflects on Fellowship Year on the Hill
The 2001-2002 APS Congressional Fellow spent this past year in Washington, DC, working as a staff member for the House Science Committee.
Getting Fruitcake Off the Shelf with Basic Physics
There may be hope for that holiday fruitcake after all, thanks to a little chemistry and physics.
New Nanotechnology Bill Introduced
S. 2945 would expand on current National Nanotechnology Initiative.
Meeting Briefs
Fall section meetings.


How Planck found the Quantum — Planck Discovered Boltzmann's Constant — In Defense of Rare Earth Metals — Not Convinced that Silicon Doesn't Exist — Fraud Not A Subject for Humor — Give Credit Where Credit is Due
Where have all the graduate students gone?
The Back Page
Tell the Truth About Particle Physics


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
Zero Gravity
The 2002 Ig Nobel Prizes.
This Month in Physics History
December 14, 1989: Death of Andrei Sakharov
PRL Top Ten: #9
Diffusion limited aggregation.
Focus on Committees
A look at the APS Committee on Membership.

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