NBSP Industry Update
Feb. 9, 2011

WikiLeaks: Libya seeks US cooperation on astronomy, seismology and satellites
London Telegraph
The head of Libya's Center for Remote Sensing and Space Science expressed interest in renewing cooperation with the U.S. on astronomy, seismology and satellites. The center's director sought Embassy assistance in purchasing a U.S.-origin "mini-satellite" and telescopes for a new National Observatory project. He also expressed interest in joint workshops and training opportunities. The U.S. had been cooperating with Libya on several other projects. More

NSBP member and former Rwandan Science Minister selected to lead Third World Academy of Science
Romain Murenzi, a physicist and Rwanda's former science minister, has been named as the new executive director of the Third World Academy of Science (TWAS), the academy of sciences for the developing world. Murenzi will replace Muhamed Hassan, who has spent nearly 30 years in the post.

Murenzi started out as an academic, studying mathematics and physics before working on applications of multidimensional continuous wavelet transforms to quantum mechanics, and image and video processing. He is a co-author of Two-Dimensional Wavelets and their Relatives.

He spent time in Belgium and France before settling in the United States at the Clark Atlanta University Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems in Georgia throughout most of the 1990s. In 2001 he was asked by President Paul Kagame to his science minister. He was later elevated to the Immediate Office of the President where he oversaw investments in Rwandan education and science, with a focus on information and communication technology.

Since 2009 Murenzi has been back in the United States where he has been the director of Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainability at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has also been active with NSBP on its international project. He is also a visiting professor at Institute of Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland-College Park.More

Facilitating science in developing countries
Physics Today
Seeding Labs helps scientists in the developing world gain access to lab equipment and other career resources. The Cambridge, Mass.-based nonprofit has outfitted labs in 16 countries with nearly $700,000 in reclaimed equipment. Some of the equipment is used discarded equipment, but a lot of it is nearly new equipment that was never quite used, but cannot be returned to the manufacturer, or that the manufacturer cannot sell for whatever set of reasons. In addition to sending equipment, Seeding Labs facilitates true scientific exchanges and research collaborations, a core part of the equipment grant program.More

NSBP and teacher organization come together to support Astronomy magazine's 2011 Youth Essay Contest
Members of NSBP are working with members of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) to encourage submissions to Astronomy magazine's 2011 Youth Essay Contest. The magazine is now accepting submissions for its 2011 contest. The title for submitted essays should be "What I love best about astronomy."

The contest winner will receive two round-trip airline tickets and three-night accommodations for travel from anywhere in North America to the Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF) in Suffern, N.Y. NEAF will run April 16-17. To find inspiration for your essay and learn about what NEAF has to offer, read about 2010's essay contest winner and his experience in New York. Hurry, submissions must be postmarked or e-mailed by Feb. 14.More

North Carolina A&T to live webcast symposium on climate and weather
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T's NOAA-ISETCSC center will webcast live the research talks given as part of its annual Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology (ISET) Cooperative Science Center (CSC) Day. The webcast link will be http://video.ncat.edu/live.html, and all the talks will be given from noon to 5 p.m. EST Feb. 11.

The lecturers will include Brian Gross of Princeton University, Vernon Morris of Howard University, Erin Peters Burton on George Mason, Brett Hooper of Arete Associates, Jose Fuentes of Penn State and Timothy Schneider of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The lecture topics range from computer modeling to remote sensing, and from the effect of dust in the Sahel Africa to the effect of hydrocarbons in regional air quality. Dr. Peters will be discussing communicating science to the public, especially in K-12 schools. Besides the research symposium, the ISETCSC Day includes an outreach event to local schools. More

Gravity waves may still wash up in the dry Karoo
Business Day
South African scientists are getting ready to join the global hunt for gravity waves — which, though predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916, still elude astronomers almost a century later. Using the KAT-7 and MeerKAT radio telescopes, African astronomers will be seeking the distortions that theory tells us gravity waves would cause to the faint radio signals emitted by pulsars. More

'Fracking' may cloud Karoo stars
The Times
South Africa's top scientists are fuming over plans to extract gas from the proposed site of the world's largest telescope - a R15-billion astronomy project in the Karoo. If petroleum giant Shell has its way, it could also be exploring for gas next to the country's famous Sutherland observatory, in an area declared an astronomy reserve three years ago. More

Solving the solar cell power conversion dilemma
A group of scientists working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Rose Street Labs Energy and Sumika Electronic Materials have been studying gallium nitro-arsenide (GaNAs) alloys, and these semiconductor alloys could lead to more efficient solar cells. Their work appears in Physical Review Letters: "Engineering the Electronic Band Structure for Multiband Solar Cells." Small gap photovoltaic materials absorb more photons and produces larger current but small voltage, whereas large gap materials produce larger voltage but the current is limited. Solar cells must therefore be complex, multimaterial, multilayered structures. But new specialty GaNAs alloys can absorb multiple portions of the solar spectrum as a single material. More

Personal solar panel could make electricity more accessible in the developing world
University of Michigan
Electricity isn't always a plug away in much of the developing world. That's why Traoré and University of Michigan engineering student Md. Shanhoor Amin teamed up to develop the Emerald, a personal solar panel the size of a paperback. More

Novel flexible solar cell made from carbon nanotube fibers
A research team in China has developed a novel solar cell from flexible, light-weight, ultrastrong and semiconductive carbon nanotube (CNT) fiber. The high alignment of building nanotubes in the fiber allows charges to separate and transport along the fibers efficiently, which provides a fiber solar cell with high performance. Compared with traditional solar cells fabricated from rigid plates or thin-films, the CNT fiber solar cells demonstrate some unique and promising advantages. More

Despite naysayers, black colleges remain relevant
Washington Informer via The Final Call
The nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served this country since 1837. Today, black students have many more choices—leading again to questions about the relevancy, value and role of HBCUs and their future in a so-called post racial America. But today HBCUs still confer 22 percent of all bachelor degrees earned by blacks, 24 percent of all bachelor's degrees awarded to blacks in science and engineering and nearly 35 percent of all bachelor's degrees in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics. More

Ronald McNair's spirit lives on in his family
SC Now
Words of the late NASA astronaut and NSBP member, Dr. Ronald McNair, "To the aspiring physicist, there are great sacrifices and demands you will encounter which will require strong motivation. Once you've made up your mind to become a physicist or to pursue a career in science, defy and simply ignore any of the inevitable obstacles that will impede your pursuit of your goal." More

Drive to end civilian use of highly enriched Uranium collides with medical isotope production
Physics Today
A South African company in December became the first of the world's four major processors of molybdenum-99 to ship a commercial quantity of the medical radioisotope that was manufactured without the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU), which poses a nuclear proliferation risk due to its concentration of fissile 235U. The milestone was reached with help from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which is providing $25 million to help the South African Nuclear Energy Corp (Necsa) rid its 99Mo production process of HEU. More

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Featured REU opportunity
The CERN Summer Student Program offers undergraduate students of physics, computing and engineering a unique opportunity to join in the day-to-day work of research teams participating in experiments at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Beyond the outstanding first-class scientific value of their stay, the selected students will find working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment an extremely enriching personal experience. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make valuable and long lasting contacts with other students and scientists from all over Europe.More

Latest research from Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research

Learning and retention of quantum concepts with different teaching methods

Respecting tutorial instructors' beliefs and experiences: A case study of a physics teaching assistant

Surveying graduate students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving

The construction of different classroom norms during Peer Instruction: Students perceive differences

Documenting the use of expert scientific reasoning processes by high school physics studentsMore

Latest research from IOP Journal
Semiconductor Science and Technology

One-dimensional exciton luminescence induced by extended defects in nonpolar GaN/(Al,Ga)N quantum wells

Concentration dependence of energy relaxation time in AlGaAs/GaAs heterojunctions: direct measurements

Ultra-low leakage and high breakdown Schottky diodes fabricated on free-standing GaN substrate

The effect of electron–phonon energy exchange on thermal pulse propagation in semiconductors

Memory characteristics and the tunneling mechanism of Au nanocrystals embedded in a DyScO3 high-k gate dielectric layerMore