APS News

June 2000 (Volume 9, Number 6)


Council Statement Focus on Missile Defense, Science Funding
At its April meeting, the Council of the APS approved a statement on issues relating to the technical feasibility and deployment of the proposed National Missile Defense (NMD) program.
Re-"Creating Copenhagen" at CUNY Symposium
Physicists, historians, theater professionals, and members of the general public alike crowded into the new Proshansky Auditorium for the free, day-long series of events, which included lectures on the science and history of the so-called "Copenhagen Interpretation" of quantum mechanics and the subsequent development of the atomic bomb.
March and April 2000 Prizes and Awards Recipients
Photos of the winners.
Scientific Community Speaks Out on Behalf of FY2001 NSF R&D Budget
Support grows for the President's budget.
Topsy Turvy: Researchers Announce First True "Left-Handed" Material
Featuring the inverse Doppler effect and reverse of Snell's law.
Satisfaction High for Undergrad Physics Bachelors
Number receiving bachelor's in physics has reached stability.
Writing Workshops Teach Basics of Communicating with Public
Physicists received a crash course in writing for the general interest media at the APS March and April meetings.
Career Liaisons Gather for Workshop on Professional Development
Establishing a nation-wide network of liaisons was one objective.


That's It Folks! For the Last Time: Even More Top Ten Physicists
Final round of readers' thoughts on top ten physicists.
Explosive Arithmetic — Sympathy for Wen Ho Lee is Misplaced — Earth Science Not Given Its Due — Park Goes Off the Deep End — Newt Gingrich Corrected — Physics Can Lead to Divine Truth — "What Is Science" Statement Ignores Religious Element
Cultural differences: Alan Chodos yearns for the way it was.
Editorial Cartoon
Wen Ho Lee awaits his day in court.
Zero Gravity: The Lighter Side of Science
Fourth annual Pigasus awards.


This Month in Physics History
June 2 - 4, 1947: The Shelter Island Conference
Inside the Beltway: A Washington Analysis
Michael Lubell analyzes the budget battles.
The Back Page
David Goodstein on where physics education ought to be headed.

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Editor: Alan Chodos
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