APS News

November 2003 (Volume 12, Number 10)


APS Members Choose Bahcall as New Vice President in 2003 Election
A professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Bahcall will assume office January 1.
Physics Departments Endorse Statement on Education of Teachers
About 250 physics departments have endorsed a joint APS/AIP/AAPT statement calling for active involvement of physics departments in improving the science education of future K-12 teachers.
Automatic Visa Revalidation Solves Most March Meeting Visa Problems
Students, postdocs and visitors from all but a few countries could make use of this new program, eliminating potential difficulties.
Use of Shock Waves in Medicine Among Highlights of 2003 SCCM Conference
APS topical group held its biennial conference July 20-25 in Portland, OR.
Revolutionary Breakthroughs Needed for Hydrogen Economy
A new report from the DOE Office of Science calls for increased funding in fundamental research related to realizing the hydrogen economy.
APS Creates Task Force on Research Collaboration with Africa
Group will seek to strengthen ties between U.S. and African physicists.
Physical Review Focus Fans Include Teachers and Undergrads
Not just for PhD physicists anymore, teachers and undergraduates are finding Phys Rev Focus useful for education.
Simple Physics can be Useful in Understanding Real-World Issues
GWU seminar provides historical context of defensive missile systems.
Nanoneurosurgery, Bio Scans and Home Holograms Featured at 2003 OSA/DLS Conference
APS Division of Laser Science co-sponsored the conference, held October 5-9 in Tucson, AZ.
Six Physicists Honored at October, November Unit Meetings
Six prizes and awards will be presented at the DFD and DPP annual meetings.
NRC Committee Requests Imput from High Magnetic Field Science Community
A new National Academies committee is requesting input on the current state of high magnetic field science


Saw Flash Two Time Zones Away
A mind can be open without being empty; skepticism and scientists.
The Back Page
Oversupply, Undersupply: Can We Ever Get Workforce Issues Right?


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
November 1, 1952: Teller and the Hydrogen Bomb
Ask the Ethicist
APS News unveils a new column devoted to questions of ethics.
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Woody Allen is strung out over the new physics.

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