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October 2008 (Volume 17, Number 9)

Members in the Media

“It’s not a stable black hole that could swallow the universe. It’s unstable, so it explodes right away.”
Yongsheng Gao, California State University, Fresno, on the possibility of the LHC producing black holes, The Fresno Bee, August 5, 2008

“We don’t want this to be another Lee Harvey Oswald case where the public says it is never solved to their satisfaction.”
Rush Holt, on the anthrax investigation, Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2008

“I sent them because I thought everything was quiet over there, life was nice.”
Vasily Dzhordzhadze, Brookhaven National Laboratory, on sending his children to visit Georgia this summer, Newsday, August 20, 2008

“We’re a group of people from all over the world–many religions and attitudes. It is essential for scientists to participate in this and try to help the Catholic Church, advise them on their policies. .”
Charles Townes, University of California, Berkeley, on the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Discover, August 18, 2008

“The bottom line is it’s a wonderful experiment, but it needs to be approached carefully, or you go out of business.”
Fred Dylla, American Institute of Physics, on open access journals, The Boston Globe, August 21, 2008

“Amazingly, there are no tricks involved. What you have here is one of the most efficient human movements ever conceived.”
Michael Feld, MIT, on breaking boards with karate chops, Discover, August 2008

“We like to think that we are re-writing our children’s science textbooks. In the same way that Galileo revolutionized our thinking about our place in the universe, we hope our discoveries will give us new insight into mankind’s place in the universe.”
Michael Barnett, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer online, August 8, 2008

“The Higgs is an important component if it’s there. It’s not going to create world peace or solve the energy crisis, but it will help us understand the world we live in.”
Robert Roser, Fermilab, Kane County Chronicle, August 9, 2008

“If all the molecules of air in the room where you’re sitting would suddenly cross to one side, you would not have any air to breathe. This probability is not zero. It is in the 10 to the minus-25 range.”
Greg Landsberg, Brown University, The New York Times, August 23, 2008

“If I had, I would have never got tenure.”
Ronald Mallett, University of Connecticut, on why he didn’t initially tell his colleagues he wanted to build a time machine, East Hartford Gazette, August 22, 2008

“Besides the scientific implications, this kind of search has repercussions in the way humanity perceives its place in the cosmos.”
Paolo Gondolo, University of Utah, on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Salt Lake Tribune, August 27, 2008

“This was just a hobby that got out of control.”
Robert Grober, Yale University, on a golf gadget he invented, The Hartford Courant, September 2, 2008

“Consider if you would have a great model to predict the quirks of the world’s economy–would you go and publish it?”
Sabine Hossenfelder, Perimeter Institute, on open science, Live Science, September 2, 2008

“I know personally a number of people who’ve received the award. To be part of that list of which they are members is a thrill.”
Charles Slichter, University of Illinois, on winning the National Medal of Science, News Gazette, August 27, 2008

“We have no problem with that process.”
Susan Coppersmith, University of Wisconsin, Madison, on the physics department undergoing a Title IX review, The Capital Times, September 3, 2008

“Improv has got to be more difficult than doing physics. You have to think in milliseconds.”
Robert Stanek, Argonne National Laboratory, on an improv comedy workshop at CERN, The Wall Street Journal, September 4, 2008

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Staff Writer: Ernie Tretkoff
Contributing Editor: Jennifer Ouellette
Science Writing Intern: Nadia Ramlagan

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Energy Efficiency Crucial to Achieving Energy Security and Reducing Global Warming, States APS Report
Members Elect Barry Barish as Next APS Vice-President
LHC Start-Up was a Long Time Coming
Three Women Receive Blewett Scholarships in 2008
Four APS Members Receive National Medal of Science
Agreement Lets APS Members Provide Expertise to Industry
Physicist Tilts at Diploma Mills
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Washington Dispatch
International News
Profiles In Versatility
Focus on APS Topical Groups