I wanted to mention two topics that I find exciting. First, as mentioned in Jim Isenberg's article, the TGG (notice that this is now the official acronym) membership is growing. Becoming a division of APS is starting to appear as less of a dream. I was planning to start a recruitment drive using the newsletter, but at the moment it seems premature. It probably is wise to wait to grow a bit more and then try to go all out to reach that magical 1200 number.

The other topic I wanted to mention is the increasing use of the internet to transmit voice. Concretely, people are starting to record and post on the web conferences and lectures, together with the slides used by the speaker. New audio tools and compression techniques make this feasible even with not too fast network connections. As a token example, the introductory physics lectures I teach at Penn State are on the web. The ITP at Santa Barbara has the whole Strings conference and a bunch of other things online, you can find them at http://www.itp.ucsb.edu/online. The Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry at PSU is posting its semi-weekly talks online, you can listen to them at http://vishnu.nirvana.phys.psu.edu/relativity_seminars.html. The importance for research of this tool cannot be understressed. One can keek up with the forefront of research without leaving one's office. In this time of one-conference-every-week, this can be a life saver for physicists who have become road-warriors or for those with limited travel budgets. I will start a link in the TGG's web page to such audio gravity resources, if you know of more, please let me know.

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Jorge Pullin

Jorge Pullin
Mon Sep 7 17:37:02 EDT 1998