Members in the Media


“They could turn it into a gigantic Tunnel of Love. When I was a kid, you could take your girlfriend floating down the Tunnel of Love and do some necking, as we called it. Yucca would give you five miles of tunnel – that’s some serious necking.”
Burton Richter, (CA-14th) joking about what to do with the Yucca Mountain tunnel following the release of President Obama’s FY10 budget, which cuts funding for the proposed nuclear waste facility, Politico, March 11, 2009

The Financial Times

“We look at the economic sensibility of an idea and why the market doesn’t understand it and we do.”
Ronald Kahn,
(CA-8th) Barclays Global Investors, on his approach to quantitative finance, The Financial Times, January 26, 2009

The New York Times

“The one thing that has always intrigued me is, can we take the same idea and do it in three dimensions?” 
Daniel Rugar,
(CA-16th) IBM, on using a magnetic resonance force microscope to get a 3-d image of a virus, The New York Times, January 12, 2009

The Houston Chronicle

“I view it as a recognition of many hundreds of scientists who have gotten seriously involved in policy one way or another, either advising the government, writing for the public, getting involved in schools or working with federal, state and local government on any number of policy issues. It’s a concept I call the civic scientist.”
Neal Lane,
(TX-7th) Rice University, on receiving the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal, The Houston Chronicle, January 31, 2009

Calgary Herald

“Roughly speaking, we predict there could be a 1,000-time reduction in power consumption with electronic computers built in this new way, and they could be something like 1,000 times smaller in size.”
Robert Wolkow, University of Alberta, on making the world’s smallest quantum dots, which could be used in making smaller computers,
Calgary Herald, February 3, 2009

The New York Times

“Jack Tatum was vicious – that helps – but he had a way of popping with the perfect angle and timing.”
Timothy Gay,
(NE-1st) University of Nebraska, on the physics of the hit in football, The New York Times, January 30, 2009

Christian Science Monitor

“What we’ve done is to create a situation with a lot of people who smell big money and they’re working very hard. I’m optimistic that in a few years, they’re going to lick the problem.”
John Goodenough,
(TX-21st) the University of Texas at Austin, on battery research, Christian Science Monitor, January 22, 2009

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“It is considered a holy text, the Citizen Kane of comic books. When I was done vibrating like a gong, I said I’d be happy to do something.”
James Kakalios,
(MN-5th) University of Minnesota, on being asked to be a science advisor to the upcoming Watchmen movie, Cleveland Plain Dealer, December 14, 2008

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