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NIST Joins Other Agencies in Spelling Out an Open Access Policy
NIST announced a new plan that will make NIST funded research articles publicly available.
Particle Physicists Gather to Plan Next Accelerator
Many of CERN’s top scientists met to share their research and preliminary designs for a Future Circular Collider.
National Science Foundation Issues Open Access Policy
Journal articles supported by grants from the NSF will be free to read one year after their publication.
NSF Makes Peace with Congress
A new NSF policy will require non-technical explanations and justifications for new grants.
Sole Physicist in Congress Prepares to Defend Science
Representative Bill Foster (D-Ill.) appointed to serve on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Omid Kokabee Honored with AAAS Award
Omid Kokabee was awarded the 2014 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award.
Val Fitch 1923-2015
Nobel laureate who co-discovered violation of symmetry rules in particle decays dies at age 91.
The American Physical Society Names its First Chief Executive Officer
The APS Board of Directors has voted to appoint Dr. Kate Kirby as the first CEO of APS.
Charles Townes 1915-2015
Nobel laureate and co-inventor of the laser Charles Townes passed away on Tuesday, January 27, at the age of 99.
Iranian Appeals Court Rejects Release of Imprisoned Physicist
An appeals court in Iran rejected the recommendations of its supreme court and upheld Kokabee's prison sentence.
Congressional Budget Bill Avoids Drastic Cuts to Science
Funding for physical science research fared relatively well in the big federal omnibus-spending bill passed by Congress.
Physicist Expected to Take Charge at Pentagon
President Obama has nominated physicist Ashton Carter to be secretary of defense.
Retiring Representative Rush Holt to Take Helm at AAAS
Colleagues and supporters spoke fondly of physicist-turned-congressman Rush Holt (D-N.J.) at a congressional farewell party cohosted by APS.
APS Council Unanimously Approves New Constitution & Bylaws
This vote ratified the new Constitution & Bylaws as part of the Society’s corporate reform efforts.
Former APS President Honored with Medal of Freedom
Former APS president, Mildred Dresselhaus of MIT, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
APS Members Vote Yes on Corporate Reform
The APS corporate reform initiative passed overwhelmingly, 94% to 6%.
APS and Smithsonian Roll Out Red Carpet for The Theory of Everything
APS cohosted the Washington D.C. premiere of the new Stephen Hawking biopic.
Review of APS Climate Change Statement "Going Smoothly"
APS Council and Executive Board will review the APS climate change statement this month.
Head of Higgs Discovery Team to Lead CERN
Fabiola Gianotti selected as CERN's new director general.
Kokabee Petitions Delivered to Iranian Representatives to the United Nations
Activists delivered petitions requesting release of imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee.
Retrial Granted to Jailed Iranian Physicist
Imprisoned Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee will be granted a retrial after spending more than three years incarcerated in Iran.
U.S. National Medal Winners include Past APS Presidents
Two former presidents of APS were among the recipients of top science and engineering prizes.
2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Focuses on Optical Microscopy
This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three scientists whose work surpassed the long-established resolution limit for optical microscopes.
2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for Blue LEDs
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that three researchers will share this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics for their invention of blue light emitting diodes
New Brookhaven Light Source Debuts in 2015
Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new synchrotron is nearing completion.
CERN and APS announce partnership for Open Access
APS and CERN jointly announce a partnership to make all CERN-authored articles published in APS journals Open Access.
APS Member Awarded MacArthur Fellowship
Materials scientist Mark Hersam, who was named an APS Fellow in 2012, is one of this year’s 21 MacArthur Fellows.
Scholarship Winners Chosen by APS Committee on Women in Physics
Five women were awarded Blewett scholarships this year.
DOE Joins the CHORUS
DOE will make journal articles by researchers supported by federal funding free to read after year-long embargo.
US Physics Olympians Bring Home Gold and Silver
The United States placed 5th overall, bringing home three gold and two silver medals.
New APS Mid-Atlantic Section to Meet at Penn State
The newest regional section of APS will have its inaugural meeting in October.
APS Funded Outreach Groups to Unveil New Projects
APS awarded several grants to APS Members to develop outreach projects.
APS Bridge Program Annual Meeting
This year’s meeting focused on the role of the Master’s degree in advancing underrepresented minority students toward PhDs.
2014 APS General Election Results
APS members have elected Laura Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to the office of Vice President of the Society.
APS Member Wins 2014 Kyoto Prize
Theoretical physicist Edward Witten was named one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious Kyoto Prize.
Physical Review Letters Publishes BICEP2 Paper
PRL has now published a paper reporting what the authors say might be evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation.
Trial Balloon on Helium Purchasing Plan Launched
APS has helped initiate a test program that will enable researchers to buy helium at reasonable cost.
Preparing Physicists for Entrepreneurship
APS conference brings together physics educators to develop ways to add innovation and business training to their curricula.
Next Year’s Federal Science Budget Nears Approval
Congress is moving briskly towards authorizing funding for many of the United States’ science agencies.
2014 Kavli Prizes go to APS Members
Four APS members and an APS Prize winner were among the recipients of this year’s Kavli Prize.
Controversial Congressional Science Funding Legislation Moves Forward
The House Science Space and Technology committee have voted to advance the FIRST Act.
New APS Group to Serve Soft Matter Researchers
APS's new Soft Matter Topical Group has been officially endorsed by the APS Council.
Particle Physics Roadmap: U.S. Should Increase Global Collaboration
P5 draft report urges US to become more of an international player in high-energy physics.
U.S. Congress Wrestles over FIRST Act
Representatives mounted a concerted effort to stop the controversial bill that would alter the research funding process.
APS Committee on Corporate Reform Sets Out Proposed Changes
APS Council to review proposal for reforming the society's governing structure.
APS Elections Now Open
Voting for the APS General Election 2014 began on May 15 and is open until the end of June.
Andrew Sessler 1928-2014
Physicist, humanitarian and former APS President Andrew Sessler passed away on April 18 at the age of 85.
APS Collecting Signatures to Free Kokabee
Attendees at the APS April Meeting 2014 are asked to sign petition to free Omid Kokabee.
Change at the top for Argonne National Laboratory
Peter Littlewood becomes next director of Argonne National Laboratory.
New Webpage on APS Corporate Reform
A new webpage provides background information and opportunity for member comment on APS Corporate Reform.
Physical Review Applied Makes Its Debut
The first issue of the newest APS journal is now online.
New Website for APS Journals Goes Live
APS has refreshed the web pages for the Physical Review family of journals with a more mobile-friendly interactive design.
APS to Review Statement on Climate Change
A subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs is reviewing the society's statement on climate change in accordance with policy.
One of Only Two Physicists in Congress to Retire
Rush Holt, a physicist who has represented New Jersey for eight terms, will retire from Congress in December.
New AAPT-ALPhA Undergraduate Award
AAPT recently established a new award to honor the work of students building an experiment for their advanced labs.
Former APS President Wins Top DOE Science Award
Andrew Sessler received the Enrico Fermi Award from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Air Force Proposes to Move Main Research Management Office
APS calls on members to share concerns on proposed AFOSR relocation.
Congress Recognizes 40 Years of Science Fellows
Congress has officially honored the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Science Fellowship program.
Recipients of the 2014 Beller Lectureship Announced
Three distinguished physicists from overseas will give invited presentations at the March and April meeting.
Physical Review Applied Call for Papers
APS's newest journal is now open for business.
APS Affirms Importance of Undergraduate Research
Panel on Public Affairs seeks feedback on draft statement.
New Alternative Energy Fellowship
New award aims to boost innovative ideas for new sustainable energy.
Physicist and Philanthropist Fred Kavli Dies at Age 86
Fred Kavli, physicist, entrepreneur, and scientific benefactor, died at home on November 21 at the age of 86.
Division of Fluid Dynamics 66th Annual Meeting
The APS Division of Fluid Dynamics hosted its 66th Annual Meeting this month in Pittsburgh, PA.
Event on Academic Freedom in Iran
APS co-sponsored an event earlier this month that highlighted the plight of imprisoned Iranian physics student Omid Kokabee.
Division of Plasma Physics 55th Annual Meeting
The APS Division of Plasma Physics hosted its 55th annual meeting this month in Denver, CO.
Editor Announced for Physical Review Applied
APS and Rutgers jointly announce appointment of Troy Shinbrot as Editor of Physical Review Applied.
APS Fellow Nominated to Lead ARPA-E
The White House nominated APS Fellow Ellen D. Williams to head the Advanced Research Projects Administration - Energy.
2014 Franklin Institute Awards
APS Fellow and Prize Winner Daniel Kleppner was awarded the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.
Experts Convene to Weigh Nuclear Weapons Issues
Summary of FPS Short Course on Nuclear Weapon Issues in the 21st Century.
Bouchet Endowment Complete
The endowment for APS’s Edward A. Bouchet Award has been set up after surpassing its fundraising goal.
APS President Turner's Statement to S-CST
The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security
2013 Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics winners are...
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