APS News

August/September 1995 (Volume 4, Number 8)


APS Names Aylesworth as 1995-1996 Congressional Fellow
Kevin Aylesworth, a consultant with a law firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an APS general councillor, was selected as the 1995-1996 APS Congressional Fellow.
Board Sends Publication Plan to Oversight Committee
At its June meeting, the APS Executive Board passed a resolution asking the Publication Oversight Committee to consider a five-point plan for APS journals and provide recommendations at the September Executive Board meeting.
Roundtable Seeks Ways To Restructure Science Education
A diverse group of scientists, business leaders, educators and policy makers gathered at California State University in San Bernardino in April to discuss ways to reshape science education to meet the industrial needs of the 21st century.
APS/AAPT Conference Ponders Graduate Education Reform
More than 70 physics department chairs from around the country attended a conference in May at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland, exploring how physics graduate education could promote diverse career options for physicists.
APS Awards 1995-1996 Scholarships to Minority Undergrads
The APS has awarded corporate-sponsored scholarships for the 1995-1996 academic year to 24 minority students who are majoring, or plan to major, in physics.
CIFS Objects to Internal Exile for Physics Student Liu Gang
The APS Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists (CIFS) wrote to Chinese government officials in June protesting the terms of release of physicist/activist Liu Gang, who was released from prison this year after serving his full six-year prison term.
Laser Cooling, Electron Collisions Highlight 1995 DAMOP Meeting
Laser cooling of neutral atoms, recent advances in electron collision physics, and the use of atomic, molecular and optical physics as a tool were among the highlights of the 1994 annual meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.
Students Find Summer Internships Through ISIP
This year, the APS Industrial Summer Intern Progam placed six students in positions at three of the nation's top industrial laboratories. The program provides an opportunity for qualified U.S. physics students to broaden their training by working in an industrial environment.
Electronic Author Status Inquiry System
Effective 1 August 1995, authors of many manuscripts under consideration by APS journals will be able to obtain immediate information on the status of their papers via electronic mail or the World Wide Web--24 hours a day, 7 days a week--via a new, automatic Author Status Inquiry System.
Membership Assistance Fund Established
This month the APS announces the availability of a membership assistance fund for recently retired physicists or new immigrants to the United States.
AIP Introduces <i>The Industrial Physicist</i>
The premiere issue of The Industrial Physicist, a new magazine published by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), is intended to be useful to physicists working in industry.


Rohrabacher's Comments on Fusion Research Are "Misinformed" - Simpson Trial Exposes Intersection of Science and Society - ELF Question Deserves Serious Scientific Inquiry - "Alternative Science" Should Not Be Discounted - Robert Park Responds...
APS Views
Francis Slakey of the APS Washington Office believes the key to making Ph.D. physicists a valuable commodity in the job market lies in better preparing them for life outside the academic circle.
The Back Page
Is this the End of the Endless Frontier for Science?


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