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Editor's Note: This is the second installment of our "Members in the Media" feature in which we highlight appearances by our members in the popular press. We welcome submissions by our readers of relevant quotations.
"We could not move much from the status of uncertainty. And since the next step is so expensive, we had to stop at this point."
-Luciano Maiani, Director-General of CERN, commenting on the closing of the LEP collider without confirming the discovery of the Higgs boson, BBC News, November 8, 2000
"It's like filling a room full of Ping-Pong balls and then driving your car through them. It's not the most effective way to stop your car, but it does work."
-Gerald Gabrielse, Harvard University, on his experiment to make anti-hydrogen, Dallas Morning News, November 6, 2000
"At first I was a little nervous that it would turn the fans off. But I couldn't resist the chance to talk about my favorite subject. Plus, here I didn't have to grade tests or give homework."
-Tim Gay, University of Nebraska, on his Football Physics videos, shown at half-time at Nebraska home games, People Magazine, December 4, 2000
"We have a very good understanding of our world, but we know this understanding is not final. We really want to get deep into the essence of .how nature works."
-Marcela Carena, Fermilab, on building the next generation of colliders, New York Times, November 21, 2000
"There's at least a dozen approaches to fusion in the world right now, but each one has its flaws. What's so interesting about this is we don't have to invest a huge amount of resources. The whole experiment is a kind of convergence of 20 years of research that has found ways to move metal fast."
-Glen Wurden, Los Alamos, on "fusion in a beer can", Albuquerque Journal, November 25, 2000
"We try to offer well-taught introductory courses, to encourage effective mentoring, and to integrate new students into departmental activities. Another component is engaging them in significant undergraduate research experiences."
-R. Steven Turley, Brigham Young University, on why BYU awarded the 2nd most bachelors degrees in physics nationwide, The Daily Universe, November 13, 2000