“Debbie was a role model for me — a hero. … The talks she gave were a model of clarity. … She was so famous, but still someone you could talk to very easily.”
Ana Maria Rey, University of Colorado Boulder and JILA, on the passing of Deborah Jin, CU Boulder Today, September 22, 2016.

“A lot, lot harder. … What did come out was more impressive than I thought would be possible.”
Nobel laureate Carl Wieman comparing Deborah Jin’s research with his work with Eric Cornell producing the first Bose-Einstein condensate, New York Times, September 21, 2016.

“His deportation without any explanation is something that makes me feel ashamed for my country. … If there is no objective reason for this extreme act, the Brazilian government should revoke the act of deportation and request the French authorities to send him back to Rio.”
Ron Shellard, director of the Brazilian Center for Physics Research (CBPF), on the deportation of physicist Adlène Hicheur, Nature, September 14, 2016.

“The game is to try to match the mutation in the tumor cells to responding T cells to see if we can figure out which T cell response is caused by which mutation.”
Curtis Callan, Princeton University, on his collaboration with cancer researchers, Wall Street Journal, September 25, 2016.

“He’s a really interesting case. … There are really smart people in all corners of the world.”
James Forrest, Perimeter Institute and University of Waterloo, Ontario, on his colleague physicist Percy Paul, who grew up in the English River First Nation in northwest Saskatchewan, thestarphoenix.com, September 15, 2016.

"The more I started taking courses at the university, the more I realized that I don't really like math. Computer science is boring. And everything that had to do with the little physics that they forced you to take was very interesting. So I converted completely."
Or Hen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on becoming a physicist, dailypress.com, September 5, 2016.

“Scientists learn in the lab but are sometimes unprepared for the real world. Our book tells scientists how to find a job, get funding, and get your ideas published,”
Federico Rosei, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montreal, on the death of his co-author, plasma physicist Tudor Johnston, The Globe and Mail, September 18, 2016.

“It’s a seductive idea to think that human impacts aren’t a major driver of climate change.”
Robert Davies, Utah State University, on policymakers avoiding the challenges of global warming. thespectrum.com, September 15, 2016.

“Biologists and perhaps physicists will understand much better how the brain works. But why something that we call consciousness goes with those workings, I think that will remain mysterious. I have a much easier time imagining how we understand the Big Bang than I have imagining how we can understand consciousness… .”
Edward Witten, Institute for Advanced Study, futurism.com, August 28, 2016.


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2016 LeRoy Apker Award Recipients
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