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June 2008 (Volume 17, Number 6)

25th Anniversary Commemoration

25th anniversary commemoration of Sakurai Prize
Photo courtesy of Darlene Logan/APS

The dinner guests included (l to r): Alexei Smirnov, one of the recipients of the 2008 Sakurai Prize; Lincoln Wolfenstein, the 1992 Sakurai Prize recipient; Leo Stodolsky (Max-Planck-Institut für Physik, München); Noriko Sakurai, widow of J. J. Sakurai; Harold Ticho (UCSD, emeritus); Marie De Jesus, Chair of the science department at Thomas Jefferson High School in St. Louis, which J. J. Sakurai attended; APS Director of Development Darlene Logan; APS Treasurer/Publisher Joseph Serene; and Daniel Sternheimer (Université de Bourgogne).

On April 12, in conjunction with the April Meeting in St. Louis, APS hosted a dinner to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the J. J. Sakurai Prize, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in theoretical particle physics.

The J. J. Sakurai Prize is named for Jun John Sakurai, who died in 1982 at age 49, at the height of a brilliant career as a researcher, teacher and textbook author. Sakurai was Professor of Physics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) at the time of his death.

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Science Writing Intern: Nadia Ramlagan

June 2008 (Volume 17, Number 6)

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Chinese Human Rights Advocate Receives APS Sakharov Prize
Workshop Attendees Get the Lowdown on Politics
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APS Flips for PhysicsQuest
Space Debris Still a Growing Problem
New Ways Suggested to Probe Lorentz Violation
25th Anniversary Commemoration
Physicists Adopt Complementary Approaches in Dark Matter Search
April Meeting Prize and Award Recipients
Major Accelerators Closing in on Elusive Higgs Particle
Inside the Beltway
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Profiles in Versatility
Focus on APS Topical Groups