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Change of command at APS
Judy Franz The American Physical Society, one of AIP's largest Member Societies, bids a fond farewell to Judy Franz (right) and extends a warm welcome to Kate Kirby. Having served as APS Executive Officer for 15 years, Judy officially retired last Friday, July 24. She devoted her career to advancing physics in society, and promoting the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering to women and minorities as viable study and career options. Her contributions have had a significant impact on the scientific community, both in the US and abroad. Judy served multiple terms on the AIP Governing Board and Executive Committee. APS and AIP have greatly benefited from her leadership. We all wish Judy well in her retirement.

Kate Kirby Today, Kate Kirby (left) joins the two other APS operating officers at the helm of this 47,000-member organization: editor-in-chief Gene Sprouse and treasurer Joe Serene. Kirby, a research physicist from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Astronomy, received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 1972. She has had a distinguished career in theoretical atomic and molecular physics, and has held many leadership positions on APS committees, among several other national appointments. Read the press release for more information.

APS logo One of the five "Founder Societies" of AIP, APS is very closely aligned with our mission. Many of AIP's stakeholders are also APS's constituents. APS has seven representatives on the AIP Governing Board, matched only by AGU in such governing responsibilities to the Institute. Maintaining a strong relationship between the two organizations works to their mutual advantage: AIP and APS have collaborated on many important publishing and physics resources endeavors. In fact, two concrete examples are featured below. (See the articles about the new virtual journal, and the SPS summer interns. APS education and outreach staff have mentored SPS interns since 2005.) We look forward to maintaining and growing our relationship with APS.


APS and AIP launch new virtual journal
Virtual Journal of Atomic Quantum Fluids The American Physical Society (APS) and AIP recently launched a new title in the successful series Virtual Journals in Science & Technology called the Virtual Journal of Atomic Quantum Fluids. The VJAQF is edited by MIT's Wolfgang Ketterle (corecipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physics), along with Markus Greiner of Harvard University and Peter Zoller of the University of Innsbruck. The journal covers new developments in the study of novel quantum fluids and many-body systems using ultracold atoms. It will feature critical research articles—updated monthly—along with postings of news items and upcoming conferences of interest to the community. Articles are selected from recent issues of nearly 90 participating source journals from AIP, APS, and a dozen other publishers. Subscribers to the source journal can seamlessly access the full-text articles, while nonsubscribers have the option to purchase articles for immediate online delivery. Click here to visit the full suite of AIP–APS virtual journals.

To the Moon and back with the SPS interns
Jose Castellano From mapping the hydrogen content on the surface of the Moon to developing laser-themed science kits for middle-school students, the Society of Physics Students (SPS) summer interns have been busy! On July 17, SPS hosted the eighth annual SPS Intern Presentations at ACP. A diverse audience of mentors, colleagues, family, and friends came to hear the 12 energetic interns formally present their physics research and outreach projects. One attendee commented, "If those SPS interns represent the future of physics, well then, I feel much better."

The interns will be wrapping up their projects over the next few weeks and on August 6 will head back home to Texas, Ohio, Illinois, and other places around the country. To read about the interns' summer experiences and view slides from their presentations, visit their page on the SPS website.

The 12 SPS interns pose with their mentors from AIP, APS, NASA Goddard, NIST, and the University of Maryland MRSEC.

2009 Industrial Physics Forum now underway
IPF logo Themed "Frontiers in Quantitative Imaging for Cancer Detection and Treatment," the 2009 AIP Industrial Physics Forum (IPF) kicks off today—Monday, July 27—and runs through tomorrow afternoon. The IPF program features 11 sessions on medical imaging related to diagnosis and therapy, from the use of nanotechnology in imaging and therapy, to the challenges of novel proton accelerators, to advances in ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) scanning. To learn more, visit the IPF blog by science writer Calla Cofield.

AAPM is cohosting this year's forum at its 51st Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. Many exciting events are planned for the AAPM meeting, which will continue through Thursday, July 30. Several AIP staff members are attending, in support of the IPF and larger AAPM meeting.

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Who we are—Physics Today editorial team

It is no accident that Physics Today arrives in your mailbox month after month, full of vibrant material that is relevant and important to the science community. Received by all 125,000 members of AIP's 10 Member Societies and by more than 2000 libraries around the world, Physics Today is the end product of the collective talents and hard work of a world-class group of professionals led by editor-in-chief Steve Benka and managing editor Rich Fitzgerald (see pages 59–60 of the organizational chart).

The art and production staff not only designs the stunning covers, but also lays out every page, creates every figure, and ensures the unified look throughout the magazine. Reporters' names appear after the stories in Search and Discovery, and Issues and Events. Editors work behind the scenes (often months in advance) to develop, acquire, improve, and polish the feature articles and the Quick Study, Back Scatter, Books, Opinion, and Obituaries departments. Letters, new product features, and meeting previews also require the efforts of dedicated staff. Prior to publication, every word is scrutinized by copyeditors and a proofreader for quality control. All of these functions rely extensively on a small but highly efficient support staff of one.

So the next time you leaf through a copy of Physics Today, turn to the masthead on page 6 and give some silent recognition to the labor-intensive efforts that lie behind the magazine. Then enjoy!

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Also happening this week is the AAPT Summer Meeting 2009 in Ann Arbor, MI, from July 25–29. Several AIP staff are attending and will offer more information through AIP Matters in the coming weeks.

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