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May 2012 (Volume 21, Number 5)

Members in the Media

“I am innocent… I will not be convicted. It is just that the Argentinean justice system is very slow. There is easily enough evidence that I didn’t know there were drugs in the bag, and that will come out, I hope sooner rather than later.”
Paul Frampton, University of North Carolina, speaking about his arrest in Argentina on drug smuggling charges, Raleigh News & Observer, March 11, 2012.

“We’ve been in continuous contact by phone, particularly over the last month, and he has been doing all these things that I’d be depending on him for if he were actually here… I find that admirable.”
David Eby, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, on his advisor, Paul Frampton’s jailing in Argentina, FoxNews.com, March 20, 2012.

“I always say I grew up in the 19th century…We had two maids–one to serve us and one to clean. We had a woman who came to wash, and a woman who came to iron. We had a cook–a real chef, with a toque. I didn’t know a war was going on.”
Peter Freund, University of Chicago, on growing up in Romania during World War II, The Chicago Tribune, March 25, 2012.

“I look forward to visiting Amherst soon and then to returning to work shoulder to shoulder with our very talented students, faculty and staff.”
Kumble Subbaswamy, University of Kentucky, on being named to head UMass Amherst, The Cape Cod Times, March 27, 2012.

“We’re looking in a small mass window…So, if the machine performs the way it’s supposed to, this year’s results should settle the question of whether there is a particle.”
Rob Roser, Fermilab, on the LHC’s hunt for the Higgs Boson, The Washington Post, April 2, 2012.

Unless we’re missing something in the existing data, a failure to find the Higgs boson would mean building an accelerator that can work at even higher energies.”
Lawrence Krauss, Arizona State University, on the LHC’s hunt for the Higgs Boson, The Washington Post, April 2, 2012.

“The experience of two good years of running at 3.5 TeV per beam gave us the confidence to increase the energy for this year without any significant risk to the machine… Now it’s over to the experiments to make the best of the increased discovery potential we’re delivering them!”
Steve Myers, CERN, The Christian Science Monitor, April 6, 2012.

“There are some facts and figures that are very disturbing, which show the United States might be losing ground in science and discovery, whereas other countries are gaining… We can’t sit back and watch.”
Pushpa Bhat, Fermilab, MSNBC.com, April 6, 2012.

“Think about how much the invention of the transistor is worth… The fundamental science that went into that was understanding quantum mechanics, understanding the micro world. Bohr didn’t get rich from it, Heisenberg didn’t get rich from it. But society got rich from it.”
Frank Wilczek, MIT, FoxNews.com, April 7, 2012.

 “We don’t claim that our idea is conclusive… we found there had been remarkable tidal events around the globe–in England and New Zealand.”
Donald Olson, Texas State, on his theory that rare tides may have contributed to the sinking of the Titanic, The New York Times, April 10, 2012.

“I just really loved films… I was 25 and had really great opportunities in academia, but I kept thinking, ‘I’m in L.A. Hollywood’s not far away!’ I had an encouraging experience with a screenplay so I decided to take a chance.”
Leonard Mlodinow, Caltech, on being a science consultant for Hollywood in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, The Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2012.

“In fact, he was sneezing while approaching the stop sign. As a result he involuntary pushed the brakes very hard. Therefore we can assume that the deceleration was close to maximum possible for a car.”
Dmitri Krioukov, University of California, San Diego, quoted from his paper which used physics to argue out of getting a speeding ticket, NPR.org, April 16, 2012.

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Editor: Alan Chodos

May 2012 (Volume 21, Number 5)

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Ode to an Astrophysicist: Fang Lizhi, 1936-2012
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Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
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