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Science Beyond Borders: Physics for All

by Chris Faesi, and the 2012 SPS Theme Committee of the National Council
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A Century of RevolutionWe are connected now more than ever before—at every level—as physicists, scientists, members of society, and as humans. The advent of faster travel and instant communication connects people of all backgrounds across national, political, and ethnic borders. In the modern connected world, physics is no longer an arcane science restricted to those with a PhD: physicists collaborate with biologists, engineers, and economists to help with education, climate science, and energy production. These are issues that affect everyone, and an understanding of physics enables involvement and brings new perspective for the betterment of all. Physicists have a responsibility not just to discover, but also to share and to educate. Science plays a key role in a connected world, but it is not an automatic one. We must choose to forge the links between science and society, between the lab and the living room, and across the barriers that constantly threaten to divide the world. We must choose to bring physics to all.

2012 SPS Theme

The 2012 SPS theme was selected to tie in with the theme for the 2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress, hosted by Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society housed within SPS. The theme of the 2012 Congress is Connecting Worlds Through Science and Service.

2012 Quadrennial Physics Congress

From the 2011 SPS Council Meeting minutes:

"Committee E moves that the SPS National Council adopts Connecting Worlds as the 2012 theme, with Science Beyond Borders: Physics for All as the accompanying slogan for its non-Congress related items and programs."

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