APS News

November 2006 (Volume 15, Number 10)

News

APS Task Force Recommends Ways to Better Serve Industrial Members
Some 20% of APS members are employed by industry, and the Society seeks to boost their role in APS activities.
 
New Website Targets a Broader Audience
APS unveils the first major overhaul of its Website since its launch in 1995.
 
Fellowship Nominations Go Electronic
APS members can now submit nominations for APS fellowship online.
 
April Plenary Speakers Set
Jacksonville meeting will feature nine distinguished physicists lecturing on a broad range of general-interest topics.
 
APS Interviews Apker Finalists
Award honors outstanding research by an undergraduate physics major.
 
Mather, Smoot Share 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
Researchers honored for their work on advancing scientific understanding of the cosmic background radiation.
 
NRC Releases AMO Physics Report
'Controlling the Quantum World' charts course for future priorities in atomic, molecular and optical physics research.
 
Mass Media Fellows Reflect on Summer Science Writing Experience
Marcus Woo explored the world of public radio at WOSU-AM in Ohio, while Rachel Courtland covered the science beat for US News and World Report.
 
NAS Study Finds Barriers Remain for Women Physicists
Women in physics are still hindered in their career advancement by bias and outmoded institutional structures.
 
AIP Survey Finds Increase in Physics Degrees
In 2004, US physics departments awarded 495 bachelor’s degrees, a 36% increase from the low in 1999.
 
Ninety Years of Optics Innovation Highlight 2006 Laser Science Meeting
Scientists present latest research on single-pixel digital cameras, and real-time images of how the brain recovers from stroke.
 
ETS Announces Newly Revised GRE Test
Physics departments should be aware of the changes in content, emphasis and scoring.
 
Nine Physicists Honored at November Division Meetings
Five APS prizes and awards were presented at the annual fall meetings of the Division of Plasma Physics and the Division of Fluid Dynamics.

Opinion

Letters
Responses regarding previous APS News items
 
Viewpoint: Back to School
What’s the Point of a College Education?
 
Inside the Beltway: Innovation and competitiveness is the people’s business.
Washington analysis and opinion
 
The Back Page
The Mother (Nature) of All Wars? Modern Wars, Global Terrorism, and Complexity Science

Departments

Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
 
This Month in Physics History
November, 1783: Intrepid physicist is first to fly
 
Zero-Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Announcing the lucky winner of the physics crossword contest
 
Zero Gravity: Puzzle Answers
Solution to Crossword Puzzle

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