APS News

June 2001 (Volume 10, Number 6)


Panelists Debate Science and Security
The changing environment for national security includes a number of evolving threats for which the existing infrastructure is ill-equipped to address.
Council: Include Science in Standardized Tests
At its meeting on April 27, the APS Council approved a statement dealing with mandated programs of educational assessment.
APS Members Write Congress, Then Drop In
APS members made a strong showing in expressing the scientific community's concerns to their respective members of Congress in March and April.
CPU Phase I Report Asks Eleven Big Questions
Eleven key questions at the interface between physics and astronomy form the basis of the Phase I report of the Committee on Physics and the Universe (CPU)
Session Analyzes Big Science Projects
The Superconducting Super-Collider (SSC) was to be the largest purely scientific project in the history of physics.
Council Denounces Blanket Polygraphs
In a statement passed at its April 27 meeting, the APS Council revisited the issue of the relationship between national security and science at the DOE weapons laboratories.
Arms Control Issues Featured at Burton Award Session
All three recipients-Lewis, David Wright, and Lisbeth Gronlund-spoke about arms control issues during the prize session.
Centrifugal Forces Spawn New APS Units
In the past five years, four new topical groups have formed, and some physicists have talked about forming even more in the future.
Postdoc Morale Rises but Problems Remain
Morale and confidence among physics postdocs are a lot better than three and a half years ago, but there is still significant room for improvement.
New CMB Measurements Further Support Inflationary Universe
Major new cosmic microwave background (CMB) measurements uphold the idea of an early "inflationary" era.


More on Really Big Numbers — Visual Incongruities? — Time of Flight Beats the Competition
Postdocs Speak Out


This Month in Physics History
June 29, 1954: Oppenheimer's Security Clearance Revoked
Research News Brief
Unexpected Physics Conditions in RHIC Collisions — Latest Investigations of Orion Nebula Lower Odds of Planet Formation — Black Holes May Take Space for a Spin
In Brief
In April, the Ford Scientific Research Laboratory quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Back Page
Science Education is Not Just for Scientists

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