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RE: question

Dear Fred,

It’s great hearing from you. Yes, indeed, you are THE Father of Theorynet who got it started. Thanks to you and continuing NSF support we may be one of the longest operating outreach programs in the world 😊.  From our old friends, Nick Nicastro had sadly passed away couple years ago, Rick Dower retired and Jesus Hernandez moved away (possibly to AZ or NM?). Teachers are the steadiest part of the program, with new ones joining every year.  Actually, retiring teachers bring their replacements. On the faculty side, we have a few absolutely great, enthusiastic junior people, but not as many as when you were running the program. NSF is now very committed to the outreach through Career grants, but your calls to new hires “strongly encouraging” 😊 getting connected with local schools worked for us even better because many of them stayed involved for a long time.

I hope you have a great time in Santa Fe.

Best wishes,


PS I know you and Haim were friends. I miss him a lot.


From: Frederick Cooper <fredcath earthlink net>
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2020 1:33 PM
To: Taylor, Tomasz <t taylor northeastern edu>; physicstheorynet cosmos phy tufts edu
Subject: Re: question



Fred Cooper



On Jun 19, 2020, at 11:28 AM, cooper <cooper santafe edu> wrote:


This sounds like a good use of the funds… Glad everything is still going on!!  Actually amazed.


Fred Cooper

Founder of Theory Net

On Jun 19, 2020, at 8:43 AM, Taylor, Tomasz <t taylor northeastern edu> wrote:


Dear Friends,

I hope that everybody is enjoying beautiful weather. I am writing to ask you about your opinion in the following matter.


We are running this program since 2004. I just looked at our first minutes and I see Michael Hirsh and Mike Wadness among the founding fathers of the program! Thank you for your commitment! Anyway, some of you remember that in the early days we used to provide overhead projectors to schools as an aid for Theorynet presentations. We still have a similar budget which includes not only demonstration equipment but also visual aid equipment (in addition to stipends which are now $150/meeting). Of course, overhead projectors are obsolete now because they are standard part of school rooms, but with COVID-19 pandemic, many of you have faced the challenge of teaching online and hosted virtual Theorynet visits. I would like to know if the state is providing adequate support like good laptops for virtual classes and extracurricular use. It looks like online will remain with us for a long time. I am thinking about substituting old overhead projectors by some basic laptops to aid in virtual presentations. Do you think it is a good idea?

Best regards,


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