APS News

July 1997 (Volume 6, Number 7)


Atom Laser, CEBAF Results Mark 1997 Spring Meeting
Approximately 1500 physicists assembled in Washington, DC, for the joint 1997 Spring Meeting of the APS and AAPT.
APS Spring Meeting Incorporates CAM'97
The 1997 Spring Meeting also marked the third in a series of joint meetings of the APS,the Sociedad Mexicana Fisica, and the Canadian Association of Physicists.
Scientists Report First Experimental Results from Jefferson Lab
The APS Researchers presented some of the first experimental results from the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility by four large team-conducted projects.
APS Units Have Option of Holding Electronic Elections
The APS Executive Board approved a motion authorizing APS units to conduct electronic elections, provided that unit members are assured of the opportunity to vote regardless of whether or not they have Web access.
Inside The Beltway
Michael Lubell explores the changing public attitudes toward physics and its place in post-Cold War society.
Researchers Report on New Results for BEC Experiments
At the APS/AAPT Spring Meeting, three researchers reported on the latest results from recent experiments using Bose-Einstein condensates, including the world's first atom laser.
DPB/FIAP Session Explores Industrial Applications of Neutrons
A joint session of the APS Division of Physics of Beams and Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics explored present and future uses of neutron sources in industry.
Gamma Rays Provide Detailed Energy Spectrum of AGN
An excess of TeV-emergy gamma rays from galaxy Markarian 421 may oblige astronomers to revise their models of active galactic nuclei.
Announcing the Carl E. Anderson Distinguished Academic-Industrial Fellowship
A special APS Executive Board luncheon program was held on April 18, 1997 to announce the newly established Carl E.Anderson Distinguished Academic-Industrial Fellowship.
APS Matching Memberships Aid Physicists in Developing Countries
The APS Matching Membership program provides physicists in developing countries with improved access to the latest scientific information and the ability to attend more scientific meetings.
President Announces 1997 Medal of Science Winners
The 1997 winners of the National Medal of Science include four long-standing APS members.
In Brief
A tentative program for the centenary celebration of the APS in March 1999 is in place; the APS Committee on Minorities will establish an on-line archive of minority physicists; nine new members of the National Science Board were confirmed by the Senate in May; and the AIP has signed an agreement with Springer-Verlag under which the latter will publish and distribute AIP Press books worldwide.
Georgetown Senior Rallies Students for Support of Science Funding
A student at Georgetown University launched a Congressional letter writing campaign to enlist students in a grassroots effort to secure their own futures.


Research Funding: An Increase, but for Whom? — Science and Religion Can Still Converse — We Have Funding Choices
APS Views
APS Associate Executive Officer Barrie Ripin questions how many physicists are enough, based on declining enrollment figures for U.S. physics degree programs.
Blurring the Boundaries in Physics Education
Stan Jones calls on physicists to ignore existing boundaries in order to effect physics education reform.
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