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April 2012 (Volume 21, Number 4)

Free Benefit Brings the News Home to Members

The APS Weekly NewsBrief has been gaining popularity since its inception in April of 2009. The weekly emails, to which more than 2,300 APS members now subscribe, deliver a condensed summary of the week’s physics news circulating throughout the mass media.

“It’s a compilation of news about physics that appears in the popular press,” said James Riordon, the Head of Media Relations at APS, “It’s to tell physicists who subscribe what the news is reporting about physics.”

The news briefs cover all fields of physics, and don’t exclusively focus on stories with an APS angle. Each email contains a link to the original story, plus a brief synopsis, as well as a link back to the original journal article when it stems from an article in an APS journal. Riordon said the idea is both to keep members abreast of the latest news, and also to give the scientific community insight into how the public perceives science and physics.

“I think it’s important for us to know what they think about what we’re doing,” Riordon said.

The NewsBrief is a benefit that is free to APS members, who can subscribe online.

APS encourages the redistribution of the materials included in this newspaper provided that attribution to the source is noted and the materials are not truncated or changed.

Editor: Alan Chodos

April 2012 (Volume 21, Number 4)

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Articles in this Issue
Atlanta Hosts 2012 APS April Meeting
APS President Condemns Wave of Iranian Scientist Assassinations
Fukushima’s Legacy Debated
Free Benefit Brings the News Home to Members
March Meeting Session Highlights LGBT+ Issues for Physicists
Congressional Fellow Combines Research and Communication
Regional Fuel Storage Could Lessen Radiation Hazard
Uncertainty Looms Over Federal Science Spending
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
This Month in Physics History
Education Corner
Inside the Beltway
Profiles in Versatility
Focus on Advocacy