APS News

November 2007 (Volume 16, Number 10)


Seven Apker Finalists Meet in Washington
The APS Apker Award is given annually for outstanding research by an undergraduate
Physics Fans Get Chance to Win World's Smallest Trophy
Contestants will create short YouTube videos demonstrating aspects of the physics of football
2007 Nobel Prize Honors GMR Discovery
Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg share the prize for independently discovering the phenomenon at the heart of read‑heads in high‑density hard drives
Eight Physicists Honored at November Division Meetings
Five APS prizes and awards will be awarded this month for research in plasma physics and fluid dynamics
Monica Plisch, Catherine Mader Join APS Education Team
Plisch will be the Assistant Director of Education, while Mader will consult on specific projects aimed at furthering the Society's education goals
Lidar, Laser Sperm Traps Highlight Annual OSA/DLS Meeting
In September, scientists converged on San Jose, California, for the 2007 Frontiers in Optics conference
From Researching the Universe to Running the University: The Physicist as President
A look at several physicists who have heeded to call to leadership to take on management of an educational institution
National Summit Urges Commitment to Competitiveness
September gathering explored how to support and develop the human talent and creativity needed to ensure the S&T workforce of tomorrow
Media Fellows Bring Science to the Masses
Mass Media Fellow Merek Siu reports on his summer at The Sacramento Bee
2008 Prize and Award Recipients
The 2008 Prize and Awards, approved by the APS Executive Board, will be presented at either the March or April meeting next spring.


Unethical and Elitist Conduct Found Shocking
The Back Page
The "Curse of Knowledge," or why intuition about teaching often fails


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
November 1887: Michelson and Morley report their failure to detect the luminiferous ether
Washington Dispatch
A bi-monthly update from the APS Office of Public Affairs
International News
X-ray Science in Australia
Zero-Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
The Joy of Teaching ... but first....

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