WHAT'S NEW (in my opinion), Friday, 14 Jan 1994 Washington, DC 1. JUDY FRANZ ACCEPTS POSIT

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WHAT'S NEW (in my opinion), Friday, 14 Jan 1994 Washington, DC 1. JUDY FRANZ ACCEPTS POSITION OF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE APS! An APS Fellow and chair of the Condensed Matter Division, she has served on the APS Council, Executive Committee, and half-a-dozen other committees, including chair of the Committee on Education and the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. She has also been President of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and a member of the Governing Board of the American Institute of Physics, the Council of the Association of Women in Science and the Advisory Committee of the NSF Division of Materials Research. (Maybe there's more than one Judy Franz!) Currently, Dr. Franz is Professor of Physics at the University of Alabama. In making the announcement, APS president Burton Richter said the Society "is very gratified and proud that a physicist of Judy Franz's stature, experience and commitment will serve as one of its operating officers. She will join the Treasurer and the Editor-in-Chief at the helm of the Society on or about April 1, 1994." 2. "NEW ALLIANCES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT," AN APS ROUNDTABLE, will be held in Charlottesville, VA next Friday. Hosted by U.S. Senator Charles Robb, the APS, and universities in Virginia, the Roundtable will address the need for research and educational partnerships among universities, industry and government. This is the pilot for roundtables the APS is organizing in other states: Rep. George Brown will host one in California, Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Chris Dodd in Connecticut, Sen. Patty Murray in Washington, and Sen. John McCain and Rep. Jon Kyl in Arizona. 3. THE "SEARCH FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE" GOES PRIVATE! Changing its name to "High Resolution Microwave Survey" was not enough to save SETI (WN 24 Sep 93). Although the cost would have been less than 0.1% of NASA's budget, any search for intelligence was bound to attract jokes in this town. A high giggle factor always dooms programs in Congress, and appearing to hide behind an alias only made things worse. NASA had already spent 20 years and $70M developing the equipment, which operated for one year. No messages were received, and Congress balked at spending $12M for operating costs in 1994. Anonymous donors have now pledged to pick up the tab--and SETI can drop the assumed name. 4. ALTERNATIVE SCIENCES UPDATE: GAO INVESTIGATES 1947 UFO CRASH! With all the revelations of secret radiation experiments, it was inevitable that the Air Force would be pressured to come clean about the crash of a flying saucer in New Mexico. At the request of Rep. Steven Schiff (R-NM) the General Accounting Office agreed to take the case. Can GAO find the alien that survived? Clue: it's humanoid with suction cups on its fingers (WN 4 Sep 92). 5. OOPS! CHARLES KENNEL WAS NOT ON THE DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS panel of the APS (WN 7 Jan 94). It's not the things I forget that worry me, it's the things I remember that never happened. Robert L. Park opa@aps.org The American Physical Society


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