Number 142 (Story #4), September 1, 1993 by Phillip F. Schewe and Ben Stein|
PHYSICISTS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION (FSU) are getting financial help from a number of sources. A European Community (EC) initiative established in June 1993 has already approved 16 physics projects, which will receive a total of about $1.8 million. Specific projects include a theoretical-physics linkup among six Russian institutes and the University of Paris and a research collaboration bringing together several FSU and EC labs for doing research using high magnetic fields. George Soros, a private financier, has previously announced a gift of $100 million, to be spent over the next two years, for helping FSU scientists. (Physics World, August 1993.) Individual western scientific societies have also helped out. For example, The American Physical Society, with money from Soros, the NSF, and a variety of private and foundation grants, has by June 1993 granted $1.3 million to roughly 2500 FSU physicists.