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Call for NSBP volunteers for American Institute of Physics committees
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The American Institute of Physics (AIP) has several committees that serve the physics community. AIP continues to strive for more diverse representation on all its committees, and is particularly interested in identifying younger, newer, women and minority members of the physics community to serve on its committees. The various AIP committees and their member rosters are available here. All interested NSBP members are encouraged to submit a nomination form by e-mail to or fax to 703.536.4203.

Africa analysis: When science academies (and even science professional societies) should lobby
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Africa's academies should take a leading role in lobbying their governments for science funding, argues Linda Nordling. Lobbying seems at odds with the usual role of such institutions in national policymaking — that of providing politically neutral science-based evidence for policy decisions. However, deft lobbying could help academies ensure that science-based evidence is heard among the clamour of voices trying to influence policymakers. It might also help persuade political leaders to allocate more resources to science. More

This is not a new message; nor is it a message that is a propos only for Africa. Indeed almost every major American scientific professional society has a Washington, D.C., office, a science policy reporter, a professional policy analyst or a public policy internship program, if not a professional lobbyist. This message is being heeded in the U.K. as well. As problems of energy exploration, production and delivery, environmental degradation, global health, food and water security and many others get more and more complex; there is a global need for scientists to engage political leaders to bring about sound solutions.

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Send in the scientists: Why mobilizing America's researchers makes sense for diplomacy
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Beyond longstanding cross-border, science-specific collaboration, the role of individual scientists representing the United States abroad would not immediately jump out as the best use of U.S. government resources of U.S. universities' faculty members. The Obama administration thought otherwise—and is reaping the benefits in the Muslim world. U.S. universities should take notice. More

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Ghanaian gets maiden African appointment at IAEA
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Dr. Kwaku Aning, a Ghanaian scientist has been appointed deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), effective Jan. 1, making him the first African to assume the exalted IAEA position. Dr. Aning will be responsible for the implementation of nuclear technology projects in 120 member states of the IAEA. Dr. Aning has worked at IAEA since 2000 and worked for the United Nations for 23 years before then. He holds degrees from Columbia, Princeton and Kwame Nkrumah universities. More

Hedge-fund philanthropist: Physics can save the planet
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David Harding, physicist and hedge fund chairman, has donated $32 million to the vaunted Cavendish Laboratory, the physics department at the University of Cambridge; the largest donation since that lab's 1874 founding. The donation will help the Cavendish Laboratory – the birthplace of molecular biology and nuclear physics – set up and fund the Winton program for the physics of sustainability – the application of physics to meet the growing demand on natural resources. The Winton program will support courses that explore basic science principles that can generate the new technologies and industries needed to meet the demands of a growing population and the needs of strained natural resources. More

Physics leaves most behind
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Columnist Hasso Hering comments on the lack of public understanding of science, particularly physics, as he congratulates University of Oregon physicists, Dietrich Belitz, Davison Soper and Steven van Enk on their election as Fellows of the American Physical Society. More

Neil De Grasse Tyson elected American Physical Society Fellow
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NSBP member Neil De Grasse Tyson has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society "for his leadership as an educator who has excited millions of people about astrophysics and science, and for his service to the United States on commissions on NASA, space exploration and the aerospace industry."

The Elsevier Program for cultivating women scientists
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Research professionals are in great demand in industry and academia. But while the proportion of women in the science, technology and medical (STM) fields has grown steadily, women still hold no more than 15 percent of the full professorships in both the U.S. and Europe - and the participation of women scholars as authors and on editorial boards reflects a similar imbalance. Where does this across-the-board gender gap come from? How do different family roles and responsibilities factor in? What are different players in the STM community doing to address the gap? More

Reminder: Nominations sought of US delegation to 4th IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics
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The U.S. team leaders invite you to apply to become a member of the U.S. delegation to the 4th International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) International Conference on Women in Physics in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference will feature discussion of progress and challenges in increasing the numbers and advancement of women in physics around the world. The convention will highlight exciting physics frontiers and feature successful strategies for attracting girls to physics, which will help young women launch physics careers and promote more women into leadership. More

Focus on chemically modified graphene
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Study of the physical properties of graphene is one of the most active areas of condensed matter research. And of course this area of physics was dealt a big boost overall by the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. There may be unlimited possibilities to tune the properties of graphene through chemical functionalization. The New Journal of Physics will publish a free focus issue on chemically modified graphene. The aim of this focus is to provide a snapshot of some of the latest state-of-the-art techniques now being used to manipulate and treat the material. More

Magnetism relieves electrons of their resistance
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An international team involving scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids has now provided the strongest evidence yet that magnetic interactions can bring about zero-resistance current transport in non-metallic materials. Neutron scattering experiments reveal a break up of superconducting electron pairs in magnetized CeCu2Si2, a well-studied ceramic superconducting material. Conventional superconductivity in normal metals is easily destroyed by magnetic fields, but the fact that magnetism makes unconventional superconductivity possible could provide clues in the search for ceramic materials that are ultra-efficient electrical conductors. More

ALICE and ATLAS Physical Review Letters reports on Pb-Pb collisions
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In November, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) began its first heavy-ion run, producing lead-lead collisions with the highest center of mass energy ever achieved. Now, a pair of papers appearing in Physical Review Letters, from the ALICE [1] and ATLAS [2] experiments at the LHC, presents a first glimpse of what new information these high-energy collisions will offer about the quark-gluon plasma. Edward Shuryak discusses how these results compare to those obtained at Brookhaven National Lab's Relativistic Heavy-Ion Collider (RHIC) 10 years ago. More

LHC could run for an extra year for Higgs hunt
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Scientists are preparing to run the world's largest particle accelerator for an extra year in a bold bid to find the Higgs particle, part of the mechanism that is thought to endow other particles with mass. If the plan is implemented, the LHC located at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, will run until the end of 2012 — rather than 2011 — before entering a year-long shutdown for a major upgrade. At stake is what many feel is the raison d'être of the LHC, namely the search for the Higgs particle and its associated field, which help explain the origins of mass. The Higgs particle is a fundamental feature of the Standard Model. CERN managers believe that with the LHC running so smoothly, and the belief that new discoveries may be just around the corner, "it would be a shame to stop." More

Astronomy in Africa advanced in 2010, looks forward to an even bigger 2011
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This year saw the heads of state of the African Union endorse the African bid for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the very successful Third Algerian Workshop on Astronomy and Astrophysics, the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) establishment of the Office of Astronomy Development in South Africa and the launching of the South African Space Society (joining analogous agencies of Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia). The African Physical Society was launched in January in Dakar, Senegal. As the year comes to a close, African astronomers are meeting in Burkina Faso, Africa, to plan the launch of the African Astronomical Society.

Astronomy is definitely on the rise throughout Africa. In addition to the SKA, several African countries are planning to build optical telescopes and a Very Large Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) network. Planning is underway for a next generation gamma-ray telescope, perhaps to be stationed in Namibia, Africa. In April, South Africa will host the 2nd Middle East and Africa Regional IAU Meeting (MEARIM). The deadline for financial support and abstracts is Dec. 15. Immediately after this, the 4th IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics will convene also in South Africa.

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
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The National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITheP) in South Africa offers bursaries on the Honours, Masters and Doctoral levels for students studying in Theoretical Physics or a closely related discipline. These bursaries are available at all South African tertiary institutions. The application deadline date is Jan. 10. Click here for more information.

Experimental Plasma Physics in Fusion Science
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Summer Research Associate
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
Physics Faculty Position RIT
Director, South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics
Homeland Security 2011 Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students
Faculty Position in Gravitational Physics/Cosmology
Physicist, Chemist, or Chemical Engineer
Summer Researcher
The CERN Summer Student Program
Assistant/Associate/Professor of Biological Sciences and of Physics
Assistant/Associate/Professor of Biological Sciences and of Physics
CERN Technical Student Program
Assistant Professor - Dept. of Physics
Summer Research Intern
Tenure Track Faculty Assistant/Associate/Full
Research Experience for Undergraduates

Latest research from Physical Review B
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Influence of the interface atomic structure on the magnetic and electronic properties of La_{2/3} Sr_{1/3} MnO_{3} /SrTiO_{3} (001) heterojunctions

Inhomogeneous broadening of phosphorus donor lines in the far-infrared spectra of single-crystalline SiGe

Strong electron correlations in FeSb_{2} : An optical investigation and comparison with RuSb_{2}

Semiclassical description of nuclear dynamics in x-ray emission of water

Time-of-flight spectroscopy via spin precession: The Larmor clock and anomalous spin dephasing in silicon

Latest research from the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
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Supersymmetric classical cosmology

A new method for calculating the primordial bispectrum in the squeezed limit

Constraint on the gravitino mass in hybrid inflation

Structure formation in f(R) gravity: a distinguishing probe between the dark energy and modified gravity

Black holes, compact objects and solar system tests in non-relativistic general covariant theory of gravity

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