Members in the Media

“It’s important because we have a national problem with the level of science understanding in this country.”
Joseph Bellina, Saint Mary’s College, on hands-on methods of teaching science, South Bend, IN, (IN-2nd), Fox News 28, June 4, 2007

“I see in the British press and the BBC signs of a very strong anti-Israel bias–a kind of blind hostility that whatever Israel does, it is always in the wrong–so this is not an isolated action of a small group of anti-Semitic conspirators. This represents a widespread feeling among British journalists.”
Steven Weinberg, University of Texas, on his decision not to visit Britain after journalists’ decision to boycott Israel, (TX-21st),
Haaretz, May 25, 2007

“Thus, we have more and more convincing evidence that the dark matter is real material–probably elementary particles. Now we need to detect those particles directly with laboratory experiments.”
Blas Cabrera, Stanford University, on a recently discovered ring of dark matter around the remains of two galaxies that collided, (CA-14th),
San Francisco Chronicle, May 16, 2007

“They’re thinking of a world without air...but air resistance is a big deal for little things. It slows down leaves, it slows down raindrops, and it slows down pennies.”
Lou Bloomfield, University of Virginia, on the myth that pennies thrown from the tops of buildings could kill pedestrians below, (VA-5th),
ABC News, May 3, 2007

“When I asked them to apply their knowledge in a situation they had not seen before, they failed. You have to be able to tackle the new and unfamiliar, not just the familiar, in everything. We have to give the students the skills to solve such problems. That’s the goal of education.”
Eric Mazur, Harvard University, on why he switched from giving lectures to having students work in small groups in introductory physics classes, (MA-8th),
The New York Times, May 10, 2007

“What drives me is seeing below the surface, seeing what is happening in there.”
Daniel Rugar, IBM, on a new technique combining magnetic resonance imaging and atomic force microscopy, (CA-16th),
USA Today, April 29, 2007

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