I just returned from the American Physical Society meeting in St. Louis. I was there to receive the Leo Szilard Lectureship Award for 2008, which APS awarded this year "to Anatoli Diakov and Pavel Podvig,"

"For establishing a center for scientific study of arms control, for landmark analyses, and for courage in supporting open discussion of international security in Russia."

Anatoli Diakov, of course, deserves most of the credit for setting up the Center for Arms Control Studies in Moscow. I am honored that APS recognized my contribution to the Center's work as well.

On a practical note, APS asks the award recipients to give lectures "at educational institutions or research laboratories in the year following the award." The lectures "should be especially aimed at physicists early in their careers." I have some ideas, but certainly let me know if you are interested.