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March 2009 (Volume 18, Number 3)

Members in the Media

“We look at the economic sensibility of an idea and why the market doesn’t understand it and we do.”
Ronald Kahn, Barclays Global Investors, on his approach to quantitative finance, The Financial Times, January 26, 2009

 “What we’ve done is to create a situation with a lot of people who smell big money and they’re working very hard. I’m optimistic that in a few years, they’re going to lick the problem.”
John Goodenough, the University of Texas at Austin, on battery research, Christian Science Monitor, January 22, 2009

“People are crazy, and I think it’s the dog. I blame it on the dog because people in Europe don’t behave this way.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History, on why Americans were so upset at the demotion of Pluto from planet status, The Daily Show, January 28, 2009

“We’ve made tremendous progress in the last 30 years, and we realize there’s still a significant distance to go. I think there’s no question fusion will be a viable energy source. The time scale –that’s a tricky question.”
Earl Marmar, MIT, on ITER, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, January 21, 2009

 “Jack Tatum was vicious–that helps–but he had a way of popping with the perfect angle and timing.”
Timothy Gay, University of Nebraska, on the physics of the hit in football, The New York Times, January 30, 2009

“Roughly speaking, we predict there could be a 1,000-time reduction in power consumption with electronic computers built in this new way, and they could be something like 1,000 times smaller in size.”
Robert Wolkow, University of Alberta, on making the world’s smallest quantum dots, which could be used in making smaller computers, Calgary Herald, February 3, 2009

 “What we did is show that the atom is not the limit–that you can go below that.”
Hari Manoharan, Stanford University, on creating subatomic letters, San Jose Mercury News, January 31, 2009

“I view it as a recognition of many hundreds of scientists who have gotten seriously involved in policy one way or another, either advising the government, writing for the public, getting involved in schools or working with federal, state and local government on any number of policy issues. It’s a concept I call the civic scientist.”
Neal Lane, Rice University, on receiving the National Academy of Sciences’ Public Welfare Medal, The Houston Chronicle, January 31, 2009

“Evolution has achieved an efficient solution to this complex problem.”
Harry Swinney, University of Texas at Austin, on the problem of walking on sand, MSNBC.com, February 10, 2009

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Editor: Alan Chodos

March 2009 (Volume 18, Number 3)

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Articles in this Issue
March Meeting Covers Broad Spectrum of Research
APS President’s Message Stimulates Strong Member Response
Panel Pushes More Investment in Energy Research
LaserFest Website Launched
APS Debuts on Facebook and LinkedIn
Beller, Marshak Lectureships to Enhance March and April Meetings
Simultaneous Cross-country Conferences Host Women in Physics
Job Fair Attendance Lags in Gloomy Economy
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Education Corner
Inside the Beltway
Focus on APS Topical Groups