Great news are rocking our field of research. Two new NSF-funded Physics Frontiers Centers, one of them in gravitational wave physics and another in cosmology. A new privately funded institute devoted to fundamental physics including gravity is created in Canada. LIGO, TAMA and GEO are collecting data. A big grid computing project will deliver computational resources unheard of in the past. Several members of our community honored. You can read about it all here, in Matters of Gravity!

An editorial note: the article by Seiji Kawamura was originally signed ``Seiji Kawamura and the TAMA collaboration'', similarly the article by Stan Whitcomb was signed ``Stan Whitcomb reporting for the LIGO Laboratory and the LIGO Science Collaboration''. I shortened them to keep in line with usual MOG practice.

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Jorge Pullin 2002-02-11