News Archive - 2014
Congressional Budget Bill Avoids Drastic Cuts to Science
Funding for physical science research fared relatively well in the big federal omnibus-spending bill passed by Congress.
Innovation in Action: The JWST
APS and a coalition of science policy advocates recently took a trip to NASA Goddard to examine the progress of the construction of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Physicist Expected to Take Charge at Pentagon
President Obama has nominated physicist Ashton Carter to be secretary of defense.
Retiring Representative Rush Holt to Take Helm at AAAS
Colleagues and supporters spoke fondly of physicist-turned-congressman Rush Holt (D-N.J.) at a congressional farewell party cohosted by APS.
APS Council Unanimously Approves New Constitution & Bylaws
This vote ratified the new Constitution & Bylaws as part of the Society’s corporate reform efforts.
Former APS President Honored with Medal of Freedom
Former APS president, Mildred Dresselhaus of MIT, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
APS Members Vote Yes on Corporate Reform
The APS corporate reform initiative passed overwhelmingly, 94% to 6%.
APS and Smithsonian Roll Out Red Carpet for The Theory of Everything
APS cohosted the Washington D.C. premiere of the new Stephen Hawking biopic.
Review of APS Climate Change Statement "Going Smoothly"
APS Council and Executive Board will review the APS climate change statement this month.
Head of Higgs Discovery Team to Lead CERN
Fabiola Gianotti selected as CERN's new director general.
NSF Sets Gold Standard for Scientific Research Funding
The National Science Foundation — known as the gold standard for scientific research funding throughout the world – has unfairly come under fire by the House Science Committee.
Kokabee Petitions Delivered to Iranian Representatives to the United Nations
Activists delivered petitions requesting release of imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee.
Retrial Granted to Jailed Iranian Physicist
Imprisoned Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee will be granted a retrial after spending more than three years incarcerated in Iran.
U.S. National Medal Winners include Past APS Presidents
Two former presidents of APS were among the recipients of top science and engineering prizes.
2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Focuses on Optical Microscopy
This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three scientists whose work surpassed the long-established resolution limit for optical microscopes.
2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for Blue LEDs
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that three researchers will share this year’s Nobel Prize for Physics for their invention of blue light emitting diodes
DOE Shows Off its Labs; Sens. Risch and Durbin Announce National Lab Caucus
The Department of Energy’s 17 national laboratories are the source of numerous scientific breakthroughs, world-renowned experimental facilities and employers of Nobel Laureates.
New Brookhaven Light Source Debuts in 2015
Brookhaven National Laboratory’s new synchrotron is nearing completion.
CERN and APS announce partnership for Open Access
APS and CERN jointly announce a partnership to make all CERN-authored articles published in APS journals Open Access.
APS Member Awarded MacArthur Fellowship
Materials scientist Mark Hersam, who was named an APS Fellow in 2012, is one of this year’s 21 MacArthur Fellows.
Scholarship Winners Chosen by APS Committee on Women in Physics
Five women were awarded Blewett scholarships this year.
America COMPETES 2014: A Much Needed Reauthorization
The Senate recently released a draft bill to increase funding for a variety of national scientific organizations, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and NASA, among others.
Senate COMPETES Reauthorization Bill Introduced Before August Recess
Just before leaving town for the August recess, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced S. 2757, a bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act.
DOE Joins the CHORUS
DOE will make journal articles by researchers supported by federal funding free to read after year-long embargo.
Energy Critical Elements and, Well, Gravel
H.R. 1022 introduced by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15th) uses the term “energy critical element,” or ECE, coined by the American Physical Society (APS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS) in their 2011 joint report: “Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies.”
US Physics Olympians Bring Home Gold and Silver
The United States placed 5th overall, bringing home three gold and two silver medals.
New APS Mid-Atlantic Section to Meet at Penn State
The newest regional section of APS will have its inaugural meeting in October.
House Passes Four Science Bills
The House of Representatives passed four bills on July 14 that originated in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.
APS Funded Outreach Groups to Unveil New Projects
APS awarded several grants to APS Members to develop outreach projects.
APS Bridge Program Annual Meeting
This year’s meeting focused on the role of the Master’s degree in advancing underrepresented minority students toward PhDs.
2014 APS General Election Results
APS members have elected Laura Greene, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to the office of Vice President of the Society.
APS Member Wins 2014 Kyoto Prize
Theoretical physicist Edward Witten was named one of the recipients of this year’s prestigious Kyoto Prize.
Fiscal Year 2015 Funding Update
Congress received President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 (FY15) budget request on March 4 and has been making steady progress on appropriations bills.
Physical Review Letters Publishes BICEP2 Paper
PRL has now published a paper reporting what the authors say might be evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation.
Trial Balloon on Helium Purchasing Plan Launched
APS has helped initiate a test program that will enable researchers to buy helium at reasonable cost.
Physics Leaders Discuss Life After Higgs With Congress
While best-known for breakthrough discoveries, such as the Higgs boson, within its own research realm, particle physics contributes broadly across other disciplines and in developing advanced technologies.
Preparing Physicists for Entrepreneurship
APS conference brings together physics educators to develop ways to add innovation and business training to their curricula.
Next Year’s Federal Science Budget Nears Approval
Congress is moving briskly towards authorizing funding for many of the United States’ science agencies.
2014 Kavli Prizes go to APS Members
Four APS members and an APS Prize winner were among the recipients of this year’s Kavli Prize.
Controversial Congressional Science Funding Legislation Moves Forward
The House Science Space and Technology committee have voted to advance the FIRST Act.
New APS Group to Serve Soft Matter Researchers
APS's new Soft Matter Topical Group has been officially endorsed by the APS Council.
Particle Physics Roadmap: U.S. Should Increase Global Collaboration
P5 draft report urges US to become more of an international player in high-energy physics.
U.S. Congress Wrestles over FIRST Act
Representatives mounted a concerted effort to stop the controversial bill that would alter the research funding process.
APS Committee on Corporate Reform Sets Out Proposed Changes
APS Council to review proposal for reforming the society's governing structure.
APS Elections Now Open
Voting for the APS General Election 2014 began on May 15 and is open until the end of June.
Science Agency Directors Make Strong Case for Research and Education During Senate Innovation Hearing
An all-star lineup of science agency directors provided testimony and answered committee members’ questions, communicating the enormous benefits federal investments in scientific research have had on society.
Andrew Sessler 1928-2014
Physicist, humanitarian and former APS President Andrew Sessler passed away on April 18 at the age of 85.
APS Collecting Signatures to Free Kokabee
Attendees at the APS April Meeting 2014 are asked to sign petition to free Omid Kokabee.
Change at the top for Argonne National Laboratory
Peter Littlewood becomes next director of Argonne National Laboratory.
New Webpage on APS Corporate Reform
A new webpage provides background information and opportunity for member comment on APS Corporate Reform.
Physical Review Applied Makes Its Debut
The first issue of the newest APS journal is now online.
New Website for APS Journals Goes Live
APS has refreshed the web pages for the Physical Review family of journals with a more mobile-friendly interactive design.
APS to Review Statement on Climate Change
A subcommittee of the APS Panel on Public Affairs is reviewing the society's statement on climate change in accordance with policy.
One of Only Two Physicists in Congress to Retire
Rush Holt, a physicist who has represented New Jersey for eight terms, will retire from Congress in December.
New AAPT-ALPhA Undergraduate Award
AAPT recently established a new award to honor the work of students building an experiment for their advanced labs.
Former APS President Wins Top DOE Science Award
Andrew Sessler received the Enrico Fermi Award from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Air Force Proposes to Move Main Research Management Office
APS calls on members to share concerns on proposed AFOSR relocation.
Congress Recognizes 40 Years of Science Fellows
Congress has officially honored the 40th anniversary of the Congressional Science Fellowship program.
Recipients of the 2014 Beller Lectureship Announced
Three distinguished physicists from overseas will give invited presentations at the March and April meeting.