APS News

May 2003 (Volume 12, Number 5)

News

New DOE Security Guidelines Impose Restrictions on National Labs
New restrictions spark concern among government researchers.
 
Co-Author Question Dominates Ethics Panel Discussion
The aftershocks of last year's cases of scientific fraud are still rippling through the physics community.
 
Physics Hits the Road at Colorado Conference
"Little Shop of Physics" draws crowds of 5000.
 
"Left-Handed" Materials Could Make Perfect Lenses
New experimental results resolve debate over whether LHMs are possible.
 
Holographic Tweezers, Stretchers Advance Microfluidics
Several key advances hold potential for future applications.
 
Dresselhaus To Chair AIP Governing Board
Former APS president will succeed John Armstrong in leading the institute.
 
New Prototype Magnetic Refrigerators Hold Commercial Promise
Rotating ring configuration increases cooling capacity while decreasing power requirements.
 
Introductory Physics Taught Using Comic Book Heroes
A physics professor employs a unique approach to spark student interest in physics.
 
Folding Patterns Offer Clues to RNA's Family Tree
New technique could aid in search for hypothetical RNA ancestor.
 
From the March Meeting Teachers' Day
Teachers took part in a hands-on workshop at a High School Physics Teachers' Day.
 
From the PhysTEC Conference
Participants took part in a workshop on Powerful Ideas in Physical Science.

Opinion

Letters
Is It Legal to Attend a Conference in Cuba? — Female Student Deserves Credit — Article Disgraceful, Gratuitous, and Unnecessary — Visa Problem Simply Solved — Omission Produces Perplexity — Physics Golden Oldies — Don't Forget Sandia
 
The Back Page
Can Title IX Do for Women In Science and Engineering What It Has Done for Women In Sports?

Departments

This Month in Physics History
May 1888: Tesla Patents "Electric Transmission of Power"
 
Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
 
PRL Top Ten: #4
"The Atomic Force Microscope"
 
Focus on Committees
Taking a closer look at the APS Committee on Education
 
Inside the Beltway: A Washington Analysis
Energy's Office of Science an Early War Casualty

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