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We are sending this issue out a little early because we are including the list of talks for the Forum sponsored sessions in the April meeting, which this year is in January. For those who cannot attend, I hope to persuade several of the speakers, if not all, to submit a newsletter article for a future issue.
In addition to the news items, we have several articles. That from Steve Pierson on how to interact with politicians may prove to be timely. The article by Jassby on fusion in the last issue has generated a reply. I am delighted: as I said in the October issue controversy is good and, besides, it makes my task easier. When an article produces a response I am getting two articles for the effort that it takes me to obtain one. We have also an article on modular reactors. Laura Berzak Hopkins (the Assistant Editor) and myself have decided to start publishing interviews, in addition to the regular articles. Please remember that the contents of the newsletter are very largely determined by the interests of the readership. Please send suggestions for article topics and authors and also for persons to be interviewed. Better yet, send your own contributions: they are reviewed for style and appropriateness, but I am very open as to what is appropriate, as I explained in the previous issue. Please see the Editor’s note in the October issue for details.
Oriol T. Valls
University of Minnesota
Oriol T. Valls, a Condensed Matter Theorist at the University of Minnesota, is the new P&S newsletter editor.
These contributions have not been peer-refereed. They represent solely the view(s) of the author(s) and not necessarily the view of APS.