APS News

December 2006 (Volume 15, Number 11)

News

Mile-High City Will Host 2007 March Meeting
More than 7000 physicists will converge on Denver from March 5-9 for the largest annual gathering of physicists in the country.
 
APS Kicks Off Campaign to Support Education and Outreach Initiatives
Society's goal is to raise $3.5 million from corporate, foundation, and individual gifts.
 
New Management Tackles Difficult Problems at Los Alamos
Positive changes are underway, but the lab still struggles with security and budget problems, as well as low employee morale.
 
Apker Award Honors Three Undergrads.
There are three, not two, winners this year, due to the unusually large number of outstanding candidates for this award recognizing research stellar research accomplishments by undergraduates.
 
Council Passes Statements on Linear Collider, Careers in Physics
APS speaks out in support of ILC, and updates a prior statement on careers in physics to include options beyond the traditional academic track.
 
Kadanoff Wins Lorentz Medal
APS president-elect honored for his contributions to statistical physics, particularly in the theory of phase transitions
 
DPP Meeting Features Latest Advances in Plasma Physics Research
Highlights included the first lab-produced plasma mini-jets and the latest progress on laser-driven wakefield accelerators.
 
APS Establishes New Committee On Informing the Public
New committee will provide oversight to the Society's growing number of public outreach and media activities.
 
Clarification Eases Visa Procedure
Travelers applying for a US visa don't need to leave their passports with the US Consular Office while waiting for visa processing
 
MuCap Results, Nucleon Spin Structure Highlight 2006 DNP Meeting
Nashville divisional meeting explores broad range of basic and applied research in nuclear physics.
 
Meeting Briefs
Several APS sections held their annual fall meetings in October.
 
Decker Finds the Physics in Building Graphite Guitars
Former plasma physicist takes a scientific approach to designing and building waterproof guitars.

Opinion

Letters
Hydrogen Is Not the Answer -- No Natural Definition of “Natural” -- Don’t Demonize Fundamentalists
 
The Back Page
A conversation with Steve Chu and Steve Koonin about the road to energy security.

Departments

Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
 
This Month in Physics History
December 23, 1750: Ben Franklin Attempts to Electrocute a Turkey
 
Washington Dispatch
A bimonthly update from the APS Office of Public Affairs
 
Zero Gravity
The 2006 Ig Nobel Prizes
 
International News
The IAEA celebrates 50 years.

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