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July 2011 (Volume 20, Number 7)

Members in the Media

“He had an idea a minute,”
Martin Blume, APS, on fellow physicist Maurice Goldhaber, who passed away in May, The Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2011.

“We and a few other experiments are projecting that we might be able to get sensitivities that’s a factor of a hundred, a thousand, maybe even in the long-term, 10,000 times better.”
Dave DeMille, Yale, on a recent experiment that measured the shape of an electron to unprecedented levels, NPR, May 25, 2011.

“We take a proton beam and slam it into a target… Off comes a series of particles and antiparticles, some of which are antiprotons that can be captured electrically and magnetically.”
Keith Gollwitzer, Fermilab on how antimatter is created in a lab, The Washington Post, May 30, 2011.

“These recent results are significant in showing that some antihydrogen atoms can indeed be trapped long enough to reach the ground atomic state by radiation of photons–just the state needed for precision measurements… Longer confinement times also translate to more precise measurements of antiatom properties.”
Clifford Surko, University of California at San Diego, USA Today, June 6, 2011.

“We have never talked about holding on to these things for so long… If you want to study these antiatoms, you need to use electromagnetic radiation, microwaves, lasers and other tools.”
Jeffrey Hangst, Aarhus University, on trapping antimatter at CERN for more than 15 minutes, The Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2011.

“Right now, we have real gaps in our energy research portfolio. We cannot fill those gaps without large-scale, long-term, well-funded and well-coordinated research programs that bring together the best and most innovative scientists and engineers in academia, industry and the national laboratories.”
Eric Isaacs, Argonne National Lab, CNN.com, June 6, 2011.

“We do not see the signal… If it existed, we would see it. But when we look at our data, we basically see nothing.”
Dmitri Denisov, Fermilab, on the DZero detector’s null result when looking for the “bump” seen at CDF, FoxNews.com, June 10, 2011.

“But all that’s really important to know is that all the putts nearby are related to each other… A few steps to the left, a few steps to the right, they all have a target point which you can align yourself.”
Robert David Grober, Yale, on how to line up a putt in golf, MSNBC.com, June 13, 2011.

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APS Report Spurs Congressional Action on Critical Elements
SESAME Progresses Despite Mideast Turmoil
2006 Blewett Recipient Now on Tenure Track
Home Schooling Co-op Takes PhysicsQuest Top Prize
Five from High School Physics Elite to Represent US at Bangkok Physics Olympic Competition
Iranian Scientists Battle Numerous Restrictions
South Africa Hosts Conference on Women in Physics
Texas Hosts Lively Teacher Preparation Conference
Public and High-School Libraries Provide Access to APS Journals
Swedish Accelerator Will Be Carbon-Neutral
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