First, great news from the world of awards.
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Joe Polchinski (KITP, UCSB), Juan Maldacena (IAS Princeton), and Cumrun Vafa (Harvard University) joined other well-known physicists and won the 2008 Dirac medal for their stringy discoveries. Congratulations! But back to Strings 2008.
See also the main page about Strings 2008 on this blog... The PDF files are also available at the Strings 2008 website