July 5th, 2005


What's In A Name?

To: All APS Members

From: Marvin Cohen, APS President

Re: Suggested public name change for APS

At its June meeting, the APS Executive Board strongly endorsed changing the public name used by APS from American Physical Society to American Physics Society. The reason is simple: the word "physical" means several things to the general public, most often not physics. This causes confusion and uncertainty regarding what kind of organization APS is, and dilutes the impact APS can have in representing the physics community to the media, the government, and the public at large.

The most straightforward way to solve this problem is by means of the relatively minor change in what we call ourselves, suggested by the Board. The Board is mindful of the 106-year history of the American Physical Society, and would continue to use this name for internal purposes, such as our journals and prizes.

I suppose it's reasonable. Goodness knows that people don't know what the American Physical Society is for -- at an APS conference in St. Louis in 1989, the hotel staff assumed we were medical therapists of some kind. They were astonished that we actually got up and attended the meeting sessions. Apparently the doctors the previous week and the lawyers the week before, seemed to spend a lot of time driving off to golf courses and not going to the conference.

Man, what fun is that?

APS Forever

Or we could become the American Society for Physics (ASP).

Or the American Society for the Advancement of Physics (ASAP). (grin)

Dr. Phil
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Oh I Don't Need To Listen To THIS Crap

Got into the office today and the message light on my phone was on. Log into the campus Voicemail system -- and the message is in the middle of some robocall recording about bloody burial insurance. There was no company name or phone number in the message.

Instead, it asked for you to say the word "YES".

Did that stop it? Because there was no one to answer it?

NO -- after a pause it went on and asked for me to speak my name. Then it hung up.

How Is This Possible?

Are the telemarketers and spammers so desperate that they need to annoy university faculty with robocalls about crap? I suppose that the Federal Do Not Call List is for individuals and not corporations or academic units. But if this is their idea of fun, I think it's going to backfire real fast.

It'll be bad enough to get one of these calls while I am working -- or worse, working with a student -- but getting these junk calls in the Voicemail could waste one whopping lot of time to delete them.

Plus, I can't see where academic types are likely to be a high percentage hit rate over the elderly and shut-ins these slime molds usual prey on.

A Teeny Tiny Suggestion

Perhaps the university can buy one of those Tele-Zapper machines from Radio Shack and hook it in (grin).

Dr. Phil
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