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In this issue of Physics and Society we begin by asking you for help. Each year FPS nominates members for Fellowship and for the Burton and Szilard awards. Our Nominating Committee is always looking for outstanding candidates and if you have a suggestion, please send them in before the deadlines. Also, one of the highlights of the year are the sessions we sponsor at both the March and April meetings. Our Program Chair, Arian Pregenzer, would love to hear from you if you have an idea for an upcoming session or if you would like to help organize a session.
Speaking of sessions, we have summaries of some of the talks from both March and April. For those of you that could not attend, FPS Chair Micah Lowenthal summarized both the “Keyhole to the World: Public Access to Satellite Data for Environmental, Security, and Social Ends” session in March and the “Popularizing Physics” session in April.
Our Social Media Editor, Matthew Parsons, has an interview with an undergraduate student that recently held an AIP Mather Policy Internship which allows undergraduates to spend time in DC working on science policy.
In our articles for this issue, Rafe Sagarin reminds us that public participation in science is expanding and the power of information technology to empower citizens to participate in the scientific process is increasing. Mycle Schneider shares with us the status of the Nuclear Industry around the globe. His analysis is that the global nuclear industry is in crisis and that the prospect for a revival seems unlikely.
As always, we end with two recent book reviews that were organized by our Book Editor, Art Hobson.
My deepest appreciation to our Assistant Editor, Laura Berzak Hopkins , our Social Media Editor Matthew Parsons, and our Editorial Board, Maury Goodman, Richard Wiener, and Jeremiah Williams for their ongoing assistance in putting the newsletter together. We are always looking for interesting topics and authors willing to write about the latest advances at the intersection of physics and society. Please contact me with your ideas and consider submitting an article for publication in a future edition of the newsletter.