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Former NSBP President Charles McGruder on South African public lecture tour with IAU President Bob Williams and former NASA astronaut John Hoffman
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Former NSBP President Charles McGruder, International Astronomical Union (IAU) President Bob Williams and former NASA astronaut John Hoffman are giving a series of public lectures in South Africa. The lectures will be given in Pretoria, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Durban and Hermanus to increase awareness of science through astronomy. Since 2009 the IAU has embarked on a strategic plan for education and development. The IAU recently selected South Africa as the location of its Office of Astronomy Development. Taking advantage of it multitude of clear nights and dark skies, several African nations and the African Union have likewise committed themselves to investing in astronomy and space sciences. Currently a consortium of African countries led by South Africa is bidding to host the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) radio telescope. The engineering development model for the African SKA has already collected its first fringes. The African SKA precursor, the Karoo Array Telescope (MeerKAT) will be a world class telescope in its own right. Though it is five years from being operational, the MeerKAT has already assigned more than 43,000 hours of observing time to radio astronomers from Africa and around the world. MeerKAT and the SKA would join the Southern Africa Large Telescope (SALT), High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS), Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) and Hermanus Magnetic Observatory as major astronomy facilities in southern Africa. More

Massive global demand for South Africa telescope
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South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope team said the telescope had elicited interest and demand for usage allocations from all over the globe. This is despite the stelescope, which is part of a proposed Square Kilometer Array (SKA), being almost five years away from being fully operational. The MeerKAT is set to be built near Carnavon in the Northen Cape province of South Africa. It will consist of 64 dishes measuring around 13.5 meters each in diameter. Seven dishes have already been installed. More

African astronomers to meet in Burkina Faso, Africa, to discuss the formation of the African Astronomical Society
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A workshop for professional astronomers across Africa will be held Dec. 15-16, in Ouagadougou, Africa, to discuss all the issues related to launching the African Astronomical Society. From this workshop, a working group will be empaneled that will move the process towards an early 2011 launch of the AfAS, perhaps formally at the second Middle East and Africa IAU Regional Meeting (MEARIM-2) that will be in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 10-15, 2011. The Ouagadougou, Africa, meeting will actually run in parallel with IAU Symposium 277 on galaxy formation and evolution.

In addition to the possible launch of the African Astronomical Society, the MEARIM-2 conference will be a broad research conference covering several areas of astronomy. The abstract submission deadline is Nov. 15. Click here for more information.

Hard-core astrophysics: Massive neutron star hints at how matter behaves at its densest
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An extremely dense celestial object thousands of light-years away is serving as a natural nuclear physics experiment, providing clues to processes that cannot be reproduced in the lab. Astrophysicists look to neutron stars, extraordinarily compact remnants of massive stars, to find out how matter behaves at the highest densities that it can withstand. When a star collapses to a neutron star, what remains is an object that squeezes more mass than is contained in the entire solar system into a sphere the diameter of a midsize city. More

Funding still an uphill struggle for African academies
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African academies are still battling to obtain funding and recognition from policymakers despite several efforts to strengthen them. This message came out of the sixth meeting of the African Science Academy Development Initiative (ASADI) in Somerset West near Cape Town, South Africa. More

Kenyan physics graduate builds aircraft via Wikipedia
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leftAfter studying physics at a university and then moving into the computer hardware business, Nairobi, Africa, inhabitant Gabriel Nderitu has now set his eyes truly skywards. He has cobbled together a two-seater aircraft after reading about the principles of aeronautics on the internet. In this special video report for Citizen TV Kenya, Nderitu describes his inspiration for the mission. "My boyhood interest was in aviation, so maybe it was a missed career that I'm trying to recreate or something," he says. More

Science academies must learn to be more transparent
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To retain public trust in a connected world, science academies need to be more open about the way that they operate. In a world fraught with contention over emerging technologies that act as a meeting point between science and society — genetic engineering, nanotechnology, geo-engineering to name a few — science academies in developing countries have an important role to play. More

EU urged to fund scientific research in Africa
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European development funds should be tapped to build research labs and bio-banks in Africa, according to a leading African research expert. Scientists are also urging policymakers to invest in Europe's own scientific infrastructure in order to maintain global competitiveness. Daan du Toit, a senior advisor on science and technology at the South African Mission to the European Union, called on policymakers to view investment in research as an effective way of supporting progress in Africa. More

Very large telescope dates oldest galaxy ever seen
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Using one of the world's largest telescopes, astronomers have measured the distance to the farthest-away galaxy ever seen by human beings. At 13.1 billion light-years from Earth, UDFy-38135539 is a piece of the universe in its infancy that may help to solve the puzzle of where the first stars came from. More

Nanotech's impacts on Africa must be carefully considered
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Recommendations that attention should be paid to nanotechnology's ethical, economic and social risks for Africa, put forward by a regional workshop in Côte d'Ivoire, Africa, must be built on, says Kathy Jo Wetter in Pambazuka News. The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is promoting the use of nanotechnology as the key to solving problems such as dirty water in the developing world. More

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
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Faculty Position in Gravitational Physics/Cosmology
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
Assistant Professor
Experimental Physicist
Assistant Professor in Astronomy
Postdoctoral Research Positions
Temple Univ
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Integration and Test Engineer
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships
Professor of Physics (Assistant, Associate, or Full)
KICP Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Physics - Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Physics Lecturer
Assistant Professor
Tenure Track Faculty Position
Tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Computational Physics
Tenure-track, Assistant Professor in Geophysics
Assistant Professor

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