APS News

April 2012 (Volume 21, Number 4)


Atlanta Hosts 2012 APS April Meeting
This year’s April meeting is coming to Atlanta, Georgia from March 31 through April 3
APS President Condemns Wave of Iranian Scientist Assassinations
APS’s president released an open letter condemning the recent wave of lethal attacks on physicists in Iran
Fukushima’s Legacy Debated
Scientists debated the future of nuclear power at a special session at the March Meeting, just days before the one-year anniversary of Japan’s devastating earthquake
Free Benefit Brings the News Home to Members
The APS Weekly NewsBrief offers members a free window into the public perception of physics and science
March Meeting Session Highlights LGBT+ Issues for Physicists
Gender and sexual diversity issues were brought to the forefront of this year’s March Meeting at the first-ever session on the subject at a major physics conference
Congressional Fellow Combines Research and Communication
Working on Capitol Hill gave APS’s recent Congressional Fellow Laura Berzak Hopkins an in-depth look at how the law-making process works
Regional Fuel Storage Could Lessen Radiation Hazard
A new proposal to store spent nuclear fuel in regional depots might mitigate the risk of future nuclear accidents
Uncertainty Looms Over Federal Science Spending
Though the proposed budget for 2013 is generally good for R&D funding, the election, a bitter partisan divide and sequestration mean the future of federally funded science is uncertain


Letters to the Editor
Intellectual Property Belongs to Authors • Role Models Should be Sensitive to Diverse Values and Motivations • Dudley Buck Remembered • Self-interest Drives Political Loyalty
The Back Page
Thinking Seriously about Doctoral Education in Physics
Inside the Beltway
Can Science and Politics Coexist?


Members in the Media
As quoted in other publications
This Month in Physics History
April 23, 1762: Joseph Black and Latent Heat
Education Corner
A column on educational programs and publications
Profiles in Versatility
Come Fly The Friendly Skies With You-Know-Who
Focus on Advocacy
APS members confront public issues related to science.

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Editor: Alan Chodos