Physics & Society: October 2009

Volume 38, Number 4

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Editor’s Comments
Cameron Reed
Materials for Sustainable Energy
George Crabtree
Science as a Model for Rational, Legitimate Government Capable of Meeting Society’s Grand Challenges
Lewis M. Branscomb
The Medical Isotope Shortage
Thomas J. Ruth
A Contract Between Science and Society: The Canadian Experience with Nuclear Waste Management
Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Forum News
Ad-hoc Committee Examines APS Climate Change Statement
Don Prosnitz & Philip W. Hammer
Call for Nominations: Beller and Marshak Endowed Lectureships
The APS Committee on International Scientific Affairs invites APS Divisions, Topical Groups, and Forums to submit nominations for the 2010 APS Beller and Marshak Endowed Lectureships.
Candidates for Forum Executive Committee Positions
Elections to fill open positions on the Forum's Executive Committee
Global Catastrophes and Trends - the Next 50 Years
By Vaclav Smil, Reviewed by Bernard L. Cohen
Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines
By Richard A. Muller, Reviewed by Ruth Howes
Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America
By Thomas L. Friedman, Reviewed by Peter Schroeder

Physics and Society is the non-peer-reviewed quarterly newsletter of the Forum on Physics and Society, a division of the American Physical Society. It presents letters, commentary, book reviews and articles on the relations of physics and the physics community to government and society. It also carries news of the Forum and provides a medium for Forum members to exchange ideas. Opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the APS or of the Forum. Contributed articles (up to 2500 words, technicalities are encouraged), letters (500 words), commentary (1000 words), reviews (1000 words) and brief news articles are welcome. Send them to the relevant editor by e-mail (preferred) or regular mail.

Editor: Cameron Reed, Alma College, Alma, MI 48801, Assistant Editor: Jonathan Wurtele, UC-Berkeley, Reviews Editor: Art Hobson, Electronic Media Editor: Andrew Post-Zwicker, Editorial Board: Ruth Howes,; Barbara Levi,; Lee Schroeder, Layout at APS: Leanne Poteet, Website for APS: Physics and Society can be found on the Web.