APS News

December 2012 (Volume 21, Number 11)


March Meeting Heads for Crab Country
This year’s March Meeting will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from March 18 through the 22
New APS Award to Recognize Advanced Lab Instruction
The new Jonathan F. Reichert and Barbara Wolff-Reichert award will honor the work of people who teach advanced undergraduate physics labs
Student Petition Pleads for Rational Congressional Action
Thousands of students have called on Congress to put aside partisan fighting to save science from the fiscal cliff
Communication Breakdown Played Role in Scientists’ Convictions
The conviction of six geologists in Italy for manslaughter following the devastating 2009 earthquake sent tremors throughout the scientific community
APS Partners with New System to Create Unique Identifiers
APS is helping to launch a new system to uniquely identify authors and contributors to its journals
Double Whammy Doesn’t Derail APS Plasma Physics Meeting
Despite Hurricane Sandy and federal travel restrictions, the 54th annual Plasma Physics meeting was held successfully
Foster Victory Adds 2nd Physicist to Congress
Bill Foster (D-IL) will return to the Senate in January, doubling the number of physicists in the halls of Congress
New APS Online Store Sells Items with a Physics Theme
APS’s new online store lets physics fans purchase fun physics toys, posters and apparel
Matching Funds Bring Bouchet Endowment Campaign Closer to the Finish Line
APS’s fundraising efforts to fully endow the Edward A. Bouchet award are nearing their goal
Four Departments Gain Distinction in Improving Physics Education
Four departments from across the country received APS’s award for improving physics education.


Letters to the Editor
Famous Experiment Can be Misinterpreted • Treat Science More Like Carpentry and Less Like Magic
The Back Page
Inquiry Science rocks: Or does it?


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications...
This Month in Physics History
December 18, 1926: Gilbert Lewis coins “photon” in letter to Nature
Washington Dispatch
A bimonthly update from the APS Office of Public Affairs
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
The Academia Rat Race
International News
Russian-American Scientist Association
Focus on APS Sections
California Section Has Strong Focus on Students

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