Message from the Editor

Andrew Zwicker

In our last newsletter, we published three articles from scientists that have played important roles as scientific advisers at the national level. As pointed out in a letter published in this edition below, it is equally important to be involved at the local level, perhaps even more so given the crisis within our political system.

Also in this issue, the FPS representative to POPA, Phil Taylor, updates us on some of their recent activities and asks for our input on the ongoing review of the APS statement on climate change. Please email him directly at the address he provides at the end of his report.

For those interested in learning about technical issues of importance to the intersection of physics and society, we have announcements of upcoming workshops on nuclear weapons issues (November 2-3, 2013 in Washington, DC) and sustainable energy (March 8-9, 2014 in Berkeley, CA).

I am extremely pleased to include an outstanding article by Murray Hitzman and colleagues on “Energy Technologies and Induced Seismicity.” This article provides a summary of many of the key points of the recent NRC report and is well worth your time to read. Also, we have two excellent reviews of books recently published that should be of great interest.

I am happy to announce that Professor Jeremiah Williams from Wittenberg University has agreed to join our Editorial Board and Drexel University undergraduate student Matthew Parsons has agreed to help identify new ways to get our newsletter into the hands of students that are interested in the activities of the Forum.

We are always looking for interesting topics and authors willing to write about the latest advances. Please contact me with your ideas and consider submitting an article for publication in a future edition of the newsletter.

Andrew Zwicker

These contributions have not been peer-refereed. They represent solely the view(s) of the author(s) and not necessarily the view of APS.