“They are very precious particles.”
Andrew Westphal, University of California, Berkeley, on the space probe Stardust returning dust that originated outside the solar system, CBSNews.com, August 14, 2014.

“If some version of illusory ‘time travel therapy’ can help people make better decisions in the future, and come to a better understanding of bad decisions, they have made in the past — then I am all for it.”
Robert Nemiroff, Michigan Technological University, on a psychological experiment that used virtual reality to “simulate time travel,” BBCNews.com, August 22, 2014.

“You stick with us, and we’re sticking with you.”
Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, addressing workers at a nuclear waste depository after it was temporarily closed because of a radiation leak, Los Angeles Times, August 23, 2014.

“Determining how space-time is constructed is a pretty big deal for a physicist.… A holographic model aims to improve on the conventional view of how space-time relates to matter, which has been problematic and paradoxical since quantum mechanics was invented.”
Craig Hogan, Fermilab, NBCNews.com, August 27, 2014.

“This epidemic will take time to control…, but what we want to see is deviation from this trend.”
Alessandro Vespignani, Northeastern University, on statistically modeling the growth and spread of Ebola, The Washington Post, September 8, 2014.

“Most likely it will take [10100 years for a Higgs boson to destroy the universe], so probably you shouldn’t sell your house and you should continue to pay your taxes.… On the other hand it may have already happened, and the bubble might be on its way here now. And you won’t know because it’s going at the speed of light so there’s not going to be any warning.”
Joseph Lykken, Fermilab, on the Higgs boson creating a vacuum bubble and destroying the universe, The Christian Science Monitor, September 10, 2014.

“Ed has the unique skills, knowledge and experience to lead the design, construction and commissioning of the [Giant Magellan Telescope].”
Wendy Freedman, The University of Chicago, on Ed Moses leaving the National Ignition Facility for the telescope project, San Francisco Chronicle, September 13, 2014.

“These rankings support what our students, alumni, staff, friends, and collaborators know, that Imperial is one of the world’s great universities.… Imperial has a rare ability to turn outstanding research into discoveries that have a real impact on the world.”
Alice Gast, Imperial College London, on her school’s high scores in this year’s world university rankings by educational analysts at Quacquarelli Symonds, The Guardian, September 15, 2014.

“Every now and then, nature becomes whimsical… I think nature is whispering in our ear, ‘Psst, I can do something funky.’”
Paul Canfield, Iowa State University, on the 25th anniversary of the discovery of quasicrystals, The New York Times, September 15, 2014.

“Physics is among the least diverse of the sciences, with only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees going to women and fewer than 10 percent to underrepresented minorities. The field needs to catch up to biology and chemistry, which have almost closed the gender gap at the undergraduate level.”
Rachel Scherr, Seattle Pacific University, The Seattle Times, September 16, 2014.


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Articles in this Issue
Next Steps for Energy Critical Elements
New Local Links Chapters Bring Physicists Together
Blewett Scholarship Winners Announced
DOE Joins the CHORUS
Feynman Lectures Now Freely Available Online
PhysTEC Sites Successfully Sustain Teacher Education Programs
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month In Physics History
Education Corner
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
International News
Washington Dispatch
Profiles In Versatility