|Monday, December 14, 2009|
With the controversy over hacked e-mail messages from climate scientists, scientific integrity has been in the news—and for some people it has been deeply in question.
Arguably the fundamental issue boils down to something described in
a comment from a colorful physicist and teacher: the late Richard Feynman.
He spoke of "a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific
thought that corresponds to a kind of utter honesty—a kind of leaning
over backwards. For example, if you're doing an experiment, you should
report everything that you think might make it invalid—not only what
you think is right about it: other causes that could possibly explain
your results; and things you thought of that you've eliminated by some
other experiment, and how they worked.... Details that could throw doubt
on your interpretation must be given, if you know them.... If you make
a theory, for example, and advertise it, or put it out, then you must
also put down all the facts that disagree with it, as well as those that
agree with it."
Physics of Fluids makes a splash in Minneapolis
Continuing a long-standing tradition of attending the annual meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD), the staff of Physics of Fluids manned a journal-branded booth at DFD’s 62nd annual meeting in Minneapolis last month. The journal’s editors, professors John Kim (UCLA) and Gary Leal (UCSB), were often seen at the booth talking with authors and reviewers. Authors were pleased to see the fluids-themed October issue of Physics Today, which highlighted work published in Physics of Fluids. Editors Kim and Leal gathered the board of associate editors to discuss the journal’s direction and opportunities to broaden its service to the community. Several DFD meeting attendees submitted images and videos for the Gallery exhibit, a feature started at the 1983 annual meeting. Entries are judged based on artistic value, scientific content, and originality. Experience the winning video entries from 2008 and prior years at the Gallery of Fluid Motion website.
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The Einstein Fellows—all about education
Since 1995, the US Department of Energy has been charged with designating distinguished K–12 science educators, who then spend a year in a congressional office, the Department of Energy, or a federal agency. The fellows contribute a practical understanding of the classroom consequences of agency actions to the decision-making process. Pictured at right are the current Einstein Fellows; this year there are a record 24 fellows.
On 9 November, the AIP Education Division hosted the Einstein Fellows at ACP. The visit provided a unique opportunity for the fellows to learn of the roles of scientific learned societies and professional associations. They interacted with staff from AIP and the resident Member Societies, who informed them about a myriad of our programs and resources available to teachers and students. AIP Education staff led the fellows through physics demonstrations from the 2010 SPS Outreach Catalyst Kit (SOCK), including the science of rolling objects experiment, and presented each fellow with a Galileoscope.
Following the visit, the fellows expressed their appreciation:
The season for giving
drives abound this month at AIP, in both Melville and College Park locations.
The Melville Publishing Center has again teamed up with the Marines of
Alpha Company, 6th Communications Battalion, for the annual Toys
for Tots campaign. To make wishes come true for needy children in
Suffolk County, NY, AIP employees can place new toys in the lunchroom
receptacle. Donations will be accepted through December 18.
Thank you for your generosity.
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