APS News

August/September 2010 (Volume 19, Number 8)

News

Congressional Letter Backs APS Bid to Curb Proliferation
Members of Congress have joined APS to insist on tighter protection of isotope refinement technology to prevent nuclear proliferation.
 
APS Impacts Prisoner Release
The APS Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists (CIFS) has been trying to free an arms control researcher from Moscow since his arrest in 1999.
 
Program to Aid Minority Transition to Grad School
This summer, APS brought together a group of university faculty, students, and administrators to address the low participation of minorities in physics graduate programs.
 
New APS Policies Enhance Access to Journals
In July, APS journals editors announced two major initiatives allowing freer access for the public.
 
US Earns Five Medals at Physics Olympiad
The US traveling team took home one gold, two silver, and two bronze medals at this year’s International Physics Olympiad.

Opinion

Letters to the Editor
Memory of Feynman • No Limit to Age of a Graduate Student • What Fizeau Thought He Was Doing • Empedocles Had the Right Idea • Only Males Respond • New Word Solves the Problem • Economics Underlies Lab Problems • Academy Study Prelude to Congressional Action • “Best and Brightest” are not Deceived • Group Disapproves of Iranian Exception • Fraud Could Be More Common than Thought
 
The Back Page
Enlarging Physics Programs at Colleges and Universities
 
Inside the Beltway
The Passions of Politics

Departments

Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
 
This Month in Physics History
August 1774: Priestley isolates a new “air,” leading to discovery of oxygen
 
The Education Corner
A column on educational programs and publications
 
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Discount Donny's Science Emporium
 
Profiles in Versatility
Brewing a Life of Worts and Ale

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