APS News

April 2008 (Volume 17, Number 4)


April Meeting Features Fundamental Science and Societal Issues
Attendees will gather in St. Louis to hear the latest research results in particle, nuclear, plasma, and astrophysics
Michigan High Schoolers Capture Nanobowl Trophy
Contest challenged participants to create short YouTube videos explaining an aspect of physics and football
Electron Beam Lithography Creates World's Tiniest Trophy
A silicon chip the size of a penny is etched with a design of nested football fields by Cornell University scientists
Workshop Will Demystify Running for Public Office
One‑day event in Washington, DC, will focus on giving civic‑minded physicists the nuts and bolts of organizing a local campaign
Free E‑Journal Access for Minority‑Serving Institutions
Project will provide access to APS and AIP online journals to historically black colleges and universities and similar institutions
Workshop Emphasizes Systems Approach to Sustainable Energy
Held March 1‑2 in Berkeley, California, the workshop was sponsored by the APS Forum on Physics and Society and focused on using energy efficiently and producing it renewably
Conference Connects Physics Teacher Educators
The fourth annual Physics Teacher Educator's Coalition Conference (PTEC) provided the opportunity for educators to connect with others committed to improving physics education
APS Joins Call for Science Debate in 2008
Event is scheduled for April 18 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, pending candidates' acceptance.
Number of Physicists in Congress Jumps by Fifty Percent
Former Fermilab physicist Bill Foster is elected Representative for Illinois 14th Congressional District


What Would a Physicist Do?  •  Not Dumb Enough to Run  •  Physicist Not the Best Choice for President  •  Needed: Young Physicist to Run for Senate  •  Better to Build Schools Than To Run for President  •  Physics Major Finds Fame as Cartoonist  •  Rowland Spinning in his Grave  •  Heisenberg Article Found Appalling
Physicists Lead the Establishment of a Novel Research Institution in Cyprus for the Middle East
Inside the Beltway
Physicists Feel the Pain, Too
The Back Page
Nuclear Forensics


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
April 1, 1948: The alpha beta gamma paper explains the origin of the elements
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Physics Caption Contest
Physics and Technology Forefronts
New Utrasonic Medical Applications Based on Acoustically Induced Microbubbles

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