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October 2006 (Volume 15, Number 9)

Members in the Media

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“Everyone knows about friction but we do not have a fundamental theorem of friction, and cannot predict friction between two surfaces.”
Robert Carpick, University of Wisconsin-Madison, on friction at the nanoscale, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 23, 2006

“In the lab, blindfolded snakes can strike a running rat behind the ears to avoid its sharp teeth. It must be seeing more than just a warm blob.”
Leo van Hemmen, Technical University of Munich in Germany, on his model showing how the snake brain processes information. New Scientist, July 28, 2006

“What is close to our hearts is to understand the world, what it's made of, and how it behaves. We had a theory that this matter existed, and that's what we set out to prove.''
George Fai, Kent State University, on the quark gluon matter, Akron Beacon Journal, July 27, 2006

“As you expand the walls of the container, that gives the glass beads more space so they can settle a bit.”
Peter Schiffer, Penn State University, on his finding that when you heat a container of glass beads, the beads settle, just as they would if the container were shaken, The New York Times, August 1, 2006

“It is not that different from the Vietnam War, when people wondered whether to take money from the Defense Department for their research, even if their research had no conceivable military application.”
Sean Carroll, University of Chicago, on a Templeton Foundation grant devoted to funding science with potential theological implications, Boston Globe, July 31, 2006

“The question for the United States is this: Are we ready to relinquish leadership in this area of science? We risk falling behind not just in pure science, but in industry, medicine and communications, all of which have benefited from this research.”
Nigel S. Lockyer, University of Pennsylvania, on the need to maintain US leadership in particle physics, Newsday, July 30, 2006

“The university values Fermilab as a part of our teaching and research, but even more important, we value its leadership for this nation's global role in scientific inquiry.”|
Thomas Rosenbaum, University of Chicago, on the university's bid to manage Fermilab, Chicago Tribune, August 23, 2006

“What is also interesting in this case is how often, from his first infatuation as a high school boy, it was he who called a halt to the affair, often saying that it did no good to her or him.”
Gerald Holton, Harvard University, on Einstein's love affairs, SEED magazine, August 2006

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Cherry A. Murray Elected New APS Vice President
New Program Extends Open Access Offerings of APS Journals
War Disrupts Mideast Physics Communities
Sprouse To Succeed Blume as APS Editor‑in‑Chief
APS Members Now Have Easy Access to Network of Experts
Treasurer Looks to Keep Journals Healthy in Challenging Environment
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