APS News

May 2012 (Volume 21, Number 5)


APS Unveils Five-year Strategic Plan
APS’s strategic plan for the next five years will reemphasize the core mission of the society
APS Action Helps Save Physics Program at Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa was about to lose its physics bachelor of science degree, but a grassroots effort saved it at the last minute
Physics Methods Aid Cancer Research
In the fight against cancer, the input of physicists has become more and more important over time
New Device Tells Bombs from Harmless Trash
A new metal detector design is getting close to being able to spot unexploded mines and munitions buried underground
Plant Roots, Mechanical Diggers Both Need Flexibility
Researchers dig into how plant roots wind their way through grainy soils
The Physics of Creepy Crawlies and Ravenous Plants
At the March Meeting, scientists looked at the surprising physics of spiders and snakes and Venus flytraps, oh my!
Ode to an Astrophysicist: Fang Lizhi, 1936-2012
Renowned astrophysicist and human rights activist remembered for his years of dedicated work to science and humanity


Letters to the Editor
Lazarus’s Little-Known Contribution • Scholarship and Cyberspace • How to Increase Research Productivity • Kusnezov and Jones Reply • Bohr Helped Rescue Danish Jews
The Back Page
Emergent Physics at the Mesoscale


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications
This Month in Physics History
May 29, 1948: Results of first experiment on the Casimir effect
Washington Dispatch
A bimonthly update from the APS Office of Public Affairs
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
What’s in a Name?
International News
The Starting Grants given by the European Research Council (ERC): a tremendous boost to the careers of young scientists
APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists
CIFS Briefs: Highlighting the Connection Between Human Rights and Science for the Physics Community

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Editor: Alan Chodos