NBSP Industry Update
Feb. 2, 2011

Take IOP poll: What discovery do you think physicists might celebrate in 2011?
Higgs boson, dark matter, Earth-like planet, or alien life; predict what will be 2011's most celebrated physics result? More

Douglas Henderson awarded Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
The White House
President Obama has named a University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering physics professor, Douglass Henderson, as one of 15 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), the highest federal award for mentoring in the country. He is being honored for his significant contributions to mentoring pre-college, undergraduate and graduate students and young faculty, particularly underrepresented minorities in engineering and the sciences.More

Former NSBP President Kennedy Reed elected AAAS fellow
Kennedy Reed, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow. He is being recognized for important studies in atomic theory, and for many successful efforts to increase minority participation in the physical sciences in the United States and Africa. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers to recognize distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. More

Cynthia Keppel named outstanding scientist
Dr. Cynthia Keppel, a Hampton University (HU) physics professor, was named a 2011 recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award. Keppel serves as a Hampton University Endowed Professor of Physics, staff scientist at Jefferson Lab. At Hampton, Keppel and her team concentrate on applications of nuclear physics and electron scattering to nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and other medical applications. At Jefferson Lab, Keppel and the HU experimental nuclear physics group perform electron scattering experiments to study the fundamental structure of protons and neutrons.More

Leonardo da Vinci Prize for the most efficient solution in particle physics for early cancer detection
Business Wire
International philanthropists are challenging the world to provide a cancer research project offering the most efficient solution in particle physics for early cancer detection with the highest potential to reduce premature cancer death. More

Infrastructure for MeerKAT radio telescope to start in 2011
Engineering News
The roll-out of the infrastructure for South Africa's planned MeerKAT radio telescope array will start this year. The infrastructure for MeerKAT includes buildings, roads, the optical fiber network, the power supply, the foundations for the antennas, etc. All the infrastructure should be in place by the end of 2012. More

Giving light a spin
American Physical Society
A team at the University of Tokyo has created a small, solid device that emits partially circularly polarized light, as they describe in the Feb. 4 Physical Review Letters. If this semiconductor technology can be further perfected, it could be used in devices that help biochemists control protein synthesis or help physicists control electrons in spintronics—a futuristic type of electronics.More

Physicists plan asteroid deflection system
What could happen if a 25-million-ton chunk of rock slammed into Earth? When something similar happened 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs and other forms of life were wiped out. If the asteroid did hit Earth, NASA estimates, it would strike with 68,000 times the force of the atom bomb that leveled Hiroshima, Japan. A team of researchers from New York City College of Technology and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center indicates that an asteroid could be diverted by heating its surface to create a jet stream, which would alter its trajectory, causing it to veer off course. More

How strong is the weak force? New measurement of the muon lifetime
A new measurement of the muon lifetime — the most precise determination of any lifetime — provides a high-accuracy value for a crucial parameter determining the strength of weak nuclear force. The experiments were performed by an international research team at the accelerator facility of the Paul Scherrer Institute.More

Graphene and 'spintronics' combo looks promising
A team of physicists has taken a big step toward the development of useful graphene spintronic devices. Graphene, a two-dimensional crystalline form of carbon, is being touted as a sort of "Holy Grail" of materials. It has mechanical strength greater than steel, and electric currents that can blaze through it 100 times faster than in silicon. Spintronic devices are being hotly pursued because they promise to be smaller, more versatile and much faster than today's electronics.More

France and South Africa team up on Africa marine and atmospheric science studies
Engineering News
An international joint laboratory between South Africa and France, called the International Center for Education, Marine and Atmospheric Science over Africa (Icemasa), which will study the impacts of global change on the African climate and marine systems, was launched in Cape Town, South Africa, in January. It gives an African voice, from an African perspective, to the global discussions on climate change science and research, which are usually dominated by developed nations.More

Neutrino detector starts measurement
The Double Chooz collaboration recently completed its neutrino detector, which will see anti-neutrinos coming from the Chooz nuclear power plant in the French Ardennes. The experiment is now ready to start collecting data in order to measure fundamental neutrino properties with important consequences for particle and astro-particle physics. Neutrinos are electrically neutral elementary particles, three of a kind plus their antiparticles. Though already postulated in 1930, their first experimental observation was made in 1956. Because of their weak interaction with other particles, matter is almost completely transparent to neutrinos and large sensitive detectors are needed to capture them.More

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
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Featured REU opportunity
The Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will offer up to eight undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend nine weeks in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. More

Latest research from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America—Express Letters
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America – Express Letters

Experimental implementation of reverse time migration for nondestructive evaluation applications

Lateralization produced by interaural intensitive disparities appears to be larger for high- vs low-frequency stimuli

Noise tolerance in human frequency-following responses to voice pitch

Investigations on the balloon as an impulse source

A method for evaluating the relation between sound source segregation and masking More

Latest research from IOP Journal
Journal of Physics Condensed Matter

Raman scattering and isotopic phonon effects in dodecaborides

Structural and magnetic stability of dopants in ZnO-based dilute magnetic semiconductors

Influence of rare-earth ions on SiO2–Na2O–RE2O3 glass structure

Ageing in dense colloids as diffusion in the logarithm of time

The effects of displacement threshold irradiation energy on deep levels in p-type 6H-SiC More