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March 2010 (Volume 19, Number 3)

Members in the Media

“The Midwest is just too flat and we wanted to be somewhere in the West,”
Glen Wagoner, on why he retired to Colorado, The Denver Post, January 24, 2010.

“Fusion energy could provide a long-term solution to the planet’s energy needs without contributing to global warming,”
Michael Mauel, Columbia University, MSNBC.com, January 28, 2010.

“The reason why time travel affects us on a visceral level is because it touches on this idea of destiny versus choice.”
Sean Carroll, Caltech, MSNBC.com, February 2, 2010.

“Two years at 7 TeV is not that much better than seven years at 2 TeV, which we already have in the can. But we will make the most of whatever they give us.”
Joe Lykken, Fermilab, on the slow restart of the LHC, The New York Times, February 4, 2010.

“We are studying the physics of viruses, not the biology of viruses…By treating viruses as physical objects, we can identify physical properties and mechanisms of infection that are common to a variety of viruses, regardless of their biological makeup, which could lead to the development of broad spectrum antiviral drugs.”
Alex Evilevitch, Carnegie Mellon, UPI, February 8, 2010.

“It takes a lot of effort, makes a lot of noise, and doesn’t produce much. But there’s potential there, and everybody’s really excited.”
Thomas LeCompte, Argonne National Lab, comparing the LHC to a newborn child, The Minnesota Post, February 9, 2010.

“I’ve accomplished a great deal…I just felt this was a good time to go.”
Vernon Ehlers, US House of Representatives, announcing his retirement, Chicago Tribune, February 10, 2010.

“You need strong public support for research, especially in this free market economy, because it’s clear that the private sector won’t invest in long goals, they all want results at very short terms,”
Serge Haroche, Laboratoire de Physique de l’École Normale Supérieure, CNNinternational.com, February 12, 2010.

“The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider was designed to re-create conditions in the infant universe…These (collision) temperatures are hot enough to melt protons,”
Steven Vigdor, Brookhaven National Lab, on the creation of Quark-Gluon Plasma, USA Today, February 15, 2010.

“It could be extremely rugged –you could roll it up, even perforate it, shoot holes in it with a gun, and it’d still operate, whereas normal crystalline silicon would just shatter like glass,”
Harry Atwater, Caltech, on a new type of flexible solar cell he is developing, MSNBC.com, February 17, 2010.

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Editor: Alan Chodos

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Gala Laser Celebration Sparkles in the Snow
Blockbuster Meeting Set for Portland
Kavli Plenary Session Examines STEM Education
RHIC Sets Temperature Record
Record Snow Doesn’t Faze Meeting Attendees
Industrial Applications Prize Set for Round Two
NIH Recruits Physicists to Battle Cancer
Human Spaceflight Provides Needed Inspiration
President’s Request Treats Science Well
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Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Washington Dispatch
International News
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science