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April 2009 (Volume 18, Number 4)

Members in the Media

“I didn’t imagine I would ever visit Riyadh. We will need more money, but $2.7 million by itself is really helpful. We now have a clear end in sight.”
Francis Everitt, Stanford University, on getting a grant from Saudi Arabia for Gravity Probe B, The New York Times, February 17, 2009

“It will provide advanced tools for discovery-class science in condensed matter and materials physics, chemistry, and biology –science that ultimately will enhance national and energy security and help drive abundant, safe, and clean energy technologies.”
Steven Dierker, Brookhaven National Laboratory, on the planned National Synchrotron Light Source II, Newsday, February 12, 2009

“We now have a very, very good chance that we will see hints of the Higgs before the LHC will.” “It’s a race. Whoever is first is first.”
Dmitri Denisov, Fermilab,  BBC news.com, February 17, 2009

“If they do find the Higgs, good luck to them. But I think it’s unlikely they will find it before the LHC comes online. ”
Lyn Evans, CERN, BBC News.com, February 17, 2009

“The stereotype is boys are good at math, and you’re not going to have a life if you do science. It’s not true.”
Jennifer Doebbler, Argonne National Laboratory, at an event encouraging girls to do science, South Town Star (Illinois), February 20, 2009

“It was an important demonstration to make things this small and prove that we can do this. But whether it is feasible depends on many details.”
Jeremy Levy, University of Pittsburgh, on a new transistor he designed that is only 2 nm wide, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 20, 2009

“This is a miracle, I think. It is redressing this terrible problem where the success rate for excellent proposals was very low.”
A. J. Stewart Smith, Princeton University, on research funding in the economic stimulus bill, The New York Times, February 24, 2009

“Everything you can think of that is a renewable–or somewhat more renewable–energy option has roadblocks to it, and it needs a science solution.”
George Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2009

“It is a disservice to society to say that only people who are devoted 24 hours a day to their careers can be scientists. Other people can make important contributions.”
Rachel Wortis, Trent University, Forbes.com, March 6, 2009.

“We have a plan going forward where we can reduce what could have been years down to months, and we feel very strongly that this thing will work.”
Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, announcing his plan to speed up the integration of green technology outlined in the stimulus package, Atlantic Monthly, February 24, 2009.

“We really need to be careful about our openness to the world.”
John H. Marburger III, former science advisor to the Bush administration, explaining how it should be easier for students to gain access to United States universities, The New York Times, March 3, 2009.

“The more pieces of debris up there, the more chance you’ll have another collision. Near Earth, space is really very crowded.”
Geoffrey Forden, MIT, describing how Earth’s orbit is full of space junk, The Wall Street Journal, February 26, 2009.

“We just don’t know … I think people should be worried.”
David Albright, Institute for Science and International Security, speculating on what Iran’s intent might be for enriching uranium. Newsweek, February 28, 2009.

“Options theory is kind of deep in some way. It was very elegant; it had the quality of physics,”
Emanuel Derman, explaining why he left the world of research physics to pursue finance, The New York Times, March 10, 2009.

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Editor: Alan Chodos

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400 Years of Telescopes, and More, at APS April Meeting
Subscription Revenue, Membership Numbers Hold Steady Despite Downturn
<em>Physics</em> Is Flourishing
Prize and Award Nominations Now Electronic
APS Video Contest Features Physics of Toys
Science Journalism Faces Perilous Times
Solar Energy, Energy Storage Highlight AAAS Symposium
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Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Washington Dispatch
Focus on APS Topical Groups
International News
Profiles In Versatility