APS News

February 2011 (Volume 20, Number 2)


APS Member Count Tops 48,000
APS has over 48,000 members for the first time according to the annual membership count
New Physical Review Journal Offers Online, Open Access Publishing
APS's New Journal, Physical Review X, lets authors publish their original research from all fields of physics in an online only open access journal
Kovar Reflects on State of High Energy Physics, and the Road Ahead
The recently retired Associate Director of Science for High Energy Physics in the Department of Energy, Dennis Kovar, reflects on his 20 years at the DOE
Funding Runs Out to Keep Tevatron Alive
Fermilab's atom smasher, the Tevatron, will be shut down for good by September despite recent efforts by physicists at the lab to keep it running
Comments Sought for APS Non-Proliferation Petition
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering an APS sponsored change in regulations about nonproliferation requirements for companies looking to process uranium
New PhDs Trending Away from Postdoc Positions
The proportion of recently graduated PhD students accepting a postdoctoral position has declined dramatically since 2004
Dutch, Spanish Physicists to Give March Meeting Beller Lectures
Francisco Guinea of Spain and Rienk van Grondelle of the Netherlands will speak at this year's March Meeting as the recipients of the Beller Lectureships
COMPETES Act Signed Into Law
Despite resistance in the House, the America COMPETES act, which supports science research and education programs, becomes law
Top Ten Physics-Related News Stories of 2010
APS News staff looked back at the news about physics and physicists that made headlines in 2010


Letters To the Editor
Civil Rights for Minorities not a “Wedge Issue” • Lerch Responds to Back Page Letters
The Back Page
Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
February 12, 1935: Patent granted for Van de Graaff generator
Washinton Dispatch
A bimonthly update from the APS Office of Public Affairs
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Black Hole Leaves Science Fishing for Explanation
International News
Dutch students tour scientific America Amsterdam to New Amsterdam and beyond

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