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FAS Public Interest Report
The Journal of the Federation of American Scientists
Summer 2004
Volume 57, Number 3
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Front Page
FAS Plans Learning Game to Train First Responders
Diesel Hybrids: Back to the Future?
The Hype About Hydrogen
Congress Cools on New Nukes
Senate Committee Forgoes Action on Crucial Small Arms Treaty
Space Assets Can Be Protected Without Space Weapons
Secrecy Project and the Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal
Kelly Calls for Private Sector Investment in IT Learning R&D

FAS News

FAS gets 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

For the second consecutive year the FAS received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, a group that ranks nonprofit organizations. It compares the financial management of about 3,000 nonprofits per year as a service to potential donors.

"Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization excels, as compared to other charities in America, in the area of strong fiscal management. This consistency in your rating is an exceptional feat, especially given the economic challenges all charities have had to face in the last year," Veronica Marshall of CN said June 1.

Other nonprofits in the sciences awarded 4-stars were the Rand Corporation, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the American Associaton for the Advancement of Science.

Charity Navigator is America's largest independent evaluator of charities, said Marshall.

Shapley New FAS Director of Communications

Deborah Shapley has joined FAS as its first Director of Communications. Shapley is a journalist who has written extensively on defense, arms control, science policy and information technology. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Technology Review, Time, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Daedalus and other publications. She makes frequent public speeches and has appeared on CBS, CNN and CSPAN.

Her grandfather, Harvard astronomer Harlow Shapley, was one of the founders of the Federation in 1945. Alan Shapley, who was associated with the Federation for several years, is her uncle.

She is the author of three books. The most noted is a biography of former defense secretary Robert McNamara. Promise and Power: The Life and Times of Robert McNamara was published by Little, Brown in 1993. Earlier books were on U.S. science policy and on Antarctica. Shapley's journalistic career includes 9 years spent as a weekly reporter for Science Magazine and then as Washington Bureau Chief for Nature. Her books were supported by leading foundations. She will edit the Public Interest Report and coordinate FAS' outreach to the public, policy makers and the media.

Our Site. Our Fan Mail.

In the second quarter of 2004 www.fas.org continued to be one of the most heavily used sites on the entire Web. In June the tracking service Alexa ranked it around 10,000th higher than the sites of many nonprofits and most other defense-related organizations. (The first through third most trafficked sites belong to Yahoo, MSN and Google respectively.) Generally FAS consistently ranks in or near the top 10% most popular web sites.

We continue to get good reviews for the site–though we apologize that the sleek, blue pages visitors see first are skin deep; the older pages below get the most traffic. We are still forging links to the old version, which has possibly 100,000 pages.

Webmaster Peter Voth notes that the visitors to our site every day download an average of 25 gigabytes of data. “If that information were on paper, it would fill about 25 pickup trucks,” he says. User tip: If you don’t find what you’re looking for with a “Website Content “ search, choose the "Google" search button instead.

From the mailbag:

A fan wrote that he “enjoyed your web site for several years as a valuable source of information and encouraged others to do the same, [so] it’s about time I once again send you some support. Enclosed is $50 for the purpose.”

A graduate student at California State University who joined wrote, “Keep up the good work!”

We appreciate your kudos and will work hard for you.