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Meeting Briefs

The APS New England Section held its annual meeting October 3-4 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. For those who arrived early for the meeting, Thursday evening featured two general lectures, one by William Phillips, 1997 Nobel Laureate in physics, and the other by Lynn Margulis of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The APS Ohio Section held its annual fall meeting October 17-18 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, along the general theme, "Physicists Get Down to Business." The meeting was co- sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers with the theme of "No Physics Teacher Left Behind." Friday afternoon and Saturday morning sessions featured plenary talks on the physics and business of industry and entrepreneurship by representatives from start-up companies, business schools, and the oil and gas exploration industry. Physics education presentations included the keynote at Friday evening's banquet, by Case Western's James Zull, who spoke of enriching the practice of teaching by exploring the biology of learning, and a talk by James Kakalios (University of Minnesota) on the fantastic physics of comic book superheroes.

That same weekend, the APS New York State Section held its annual fall meeting at Brookhaven National Laboratory around the theme of particle accelerator frontiers and the associated new physics. Friday afternoon featured lectures on new light sources, x-ray sources, and free-electron lasers, followed by a banquet and a public lecture by BNL director Nicholas Samios on the past, present and future of high energy physics and accelerators. On Saturday, the day's sessions included talks on future neutrino physics, the Large Hadron Collider and Spallation Neutron Source, cosmic accelerators and high energy cosmic rays, and high intensity muon physics.

The APS Texas Section held its annual fall meeting October 23-25 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and while it was a general meeting, the program emphasized materials physics. Plenary presentations included talks on applications of condensed matter theory in industry, defects in semiconductors, conduction through molecules, and integrated nanotechnology, as well as a talk by Shell Oil's Jack Hirsch on why physicists are well suited for industry. Friday evening's banquet speaker was Frederick Suppe of Texas Tech, who spoke about philosophy of science. Other invited speakers covered such topics as quantum computing algorithms and electron hole plasmas in gallium arsenide.

The APS Four Corners Section held its annual meeting October 24-25 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Invited presentations included such topics as vacuum ultra-violet spectroscopic ellipsometry, multi- photon extreme UV photonics, hyper-polarized gases, protein flexibility and folding, and a continuum theory of movement in interacting cellular systems. Friday evening's plenary speaker was Harvard University's Venkatesh Narayanamurti, who discussed the future of physics in the 21st century.

The APS Southeastern Section held its annual fall meeting November 6-8 at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, North Carolina. In addition to contributed papers and a Friday evening banquet, there were focused sessions on chiral symmetry in QCD, nanoscience, QCD axial anomaly, and neutron science. Other sessions focused more broadly on biophysics, high energy physics, nuclear and astrophysics, and condensed matter physics.

Finally, the APS California Section held its annual meeting November 14-15, co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Friday's program featured workshops and a tour of LBNL, and Friday evening's banquet was followed by a lecture by Andrei Linde of Stanford University, co-recipient of the 2002 Dirac Medal for Theoretical Physics, on inflation, dark energy and the fate of the universe. On Saturday morning, there was a plenary session with invited lectures on the future of physics education, antimatter, followed in the afternoon by general research and education sessions.

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