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June 2013 (Volume 22, Number 6)

Members in the Media

“We have three generations of elementary particles.... We’re looking for signs of new physics ... for disagreements with the Standard Model predictions.”

Sung-Won, Lee, Texas Tech University, on continuing research at the LHC, NBCNews.com, April 16,2013.

“If physicists have been successful at improving our understanding of finance, it is because they have approached problems in a novel way, using methodological insights that are commonplace in physics (and engineering) and that are useful in studying virtually anything.”
James Weatherall, University of California, Irvine, excerpted from his book The Physics of Wall Street,CBSNews.com, April 18, 2013.

“As a Queen’s graduate I'm delighted to return to the university for such a special event. For many people it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the real-life application of physics and science in such a setting.”
Steve Myers
, CERN, on a LHC exhibit coming to Queens University in Belfast, BBCNews.com, April 30, 2013.

“In the unlikely event that antimatter falls upward, we'd have to fundamentally revise our view of physics and rethink how the universe works.”
Joel Fajans, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, CBSNews.com, May 1, 2013.

“Once the schools were integrated, there was more competition and more exposure to accelerated programs. The Sputnik launch and ensuing ‘Space Race’ riveted the nation’s attention on science, engineering and math. These events, along with my natural curiosity in science and math, opened up a lot of opportunities.”
Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, on how she got into studying science, The Washington Post, May 3, 2013

“It’s liquid down to absolute zero. You can pour it on M.R.I. magnets. It’ll cool those superconductive magnets down. There’s nothing else like it.”
Rush Holt,
U.S. House of Representatives, on helium,
The New York Times, May 3, 2013

“When Mars One puts boots on the ground in 2023, what lessons do you expect you’ll be learning from that?”
Robert Terry
, retired, asking a panel of NASA experts about their plans to send humans to Mars, The Washington Post, May 6, 2103

“That would be a revolution… We know that there is something fundamental about the universe that we don't understand.”
Jeffery Hangst,
CERN, on if antimatter would fall up, CNN.com, May 7, 2013.

“It is just a first step along a road to understanding the kind of foams we find in industry, in chemical plants.”
Denis Weaire,
Trinity College, giving his opinion of a recent computer simulation of soap bubbles, The Los Angeles Times, May 11, 2013.

“So travel into the future is not only possible, we have done it, although so far in only paltry amounts. How about going back in time? That is far more problematic and remains an active area of research.”
Paul Davies,
Arizona State University, CNN.com, May 13, 2013.

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Editor: Alan Chodos
Staff Science Writer: Michael Lucibella

June 2013 (Volume 22, Number 6)

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APS Award Recipient Runs Boston Marathon; Finishes Shortly Before Tragedy Strikes
APS Members Are Asked to Comment On Updated Education Statement
Dark Matter Comes and Goes at April Meeting
Physicists Ready to Add Their BRAIN Power
Meetings Impacted as Travel Cuts Take Effect
Chip-scale Accelerators Verge on Breakthrough
Supernova Data Hide in Ancient Bacterial Remains
Still Time to Vote in APS Society-wide Election
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Members in the Media
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APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists
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