NBSP Industry Update
May 18, 2011

Save the date — Sept. 21-14, Joint Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists
We are pleased to announce that the 2011 Joint Annual Conference of NSBP and NSHP will be held Sept. 21-24 at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas. With over 600 participants, this meeting is the largest gathering of African-American and Hispanic physicists in the world. This is an exceptionally good meeting for students to attend. Students can present posters or oral presentations, attend professional development sessions, scientific sessions, network with fellow students and with faculty. The conference includes one of the largest and most successful physics career fairs in the U.S. The sponsors include the National Science Foundation, the University of Texas at Austin and the Southeastern University Research Association. The conference includes: More

How to pick Ph.D. students?
What is the best way of judging the ability of prospective Ph.D. students? Robert P. Crease outlines his thoughts — and asks for your ideas. More

Plants vs. photovoltaics: Which are better to capture solar energy?
Scientific American
A group of 18 biologists, chemists and physicists set out to answer the question by first creating roughly equivalent systems. Photosynthesis (conducted by algae) turns roughly 3 percent of incoming sunlight into organic compounds, including grown more plants. Photovoltaic cells, which capture light across a broader band of frequencies, turns roughly 10 percent of incoming sunlight into usable hydrogen. Scientists are now endeavoring to improve the natural efficiency of plant photosynthesis.More

Photosynthesis disentangled?
American Physical Society
Recent studies have indeed suggested that electronic excitation transfer in photosynthesis benefits from quantum entanglement. In a recent paper in Physical Review E, John Briggs and Alexander Eisfeld assert that under the conditions prevailing in photosynthesis (in particular, in the so-called Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex that lies at the heart of the process), energy transfer in a classical system is just as efficient as in its quantum counterpart.More

Members of the British Parliament criticize cuts to astronomy and particle physics
The Guardian
The Science and Technology Facilities Council, which is responsible for research grants and membership of international facilities in astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics, has had a long-term plan to cut back its subscriptions to telescope facilities around the world. Members of Parliament have warned that major cuts in research budgets and withdrawal from several major scientific facilities will endanger the U.K.'s international standing in astronomy and particle physics and its ability to inspire the next generation of scientists.More

Evidence that cosmic rays seed clouds
By firing a particle beam into a cloud chamber, physicists in Denmark and the U.K. have shown how cosmic rays could stimulate the formation of water droplets in the Earth's atmosphere. The researchers say this is the best experimental evidence yet that the sun influences the climate by altering the intensity of the cosmic-ray flux reaching the Earth's surface. More

Using lasers to save the forests
The destruction of forests ranks as the second-leading cause of climate change — after the burning of fossil fuels — accounting for up to 20 percent of global carbon pollution. The global convention to reduce deforestation and commoditize carbon is in need of a way to quantify forest density and to quantify their carbon content. Light Detection And Ranging remote sensing of forest structure along with other remote sensing technologies.More

Crab Nebula superflare has scientists mystified
The Crab Nebula, the dusty remains of an exploded star, has unleashed a surprisingly massive flare that is five times more powerful than any eruption previously seen from the celestial object, leaving scientists struggling to explain the event. The so-called "superflare" was detected April 12 by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, which is continuously mapping the sky in gamma ray wavelengths in search of gamma-ray bursts, the brightest explosions in the universe. More

New theory suggests some black holes might predate the Big Bang
Cosmologists Alan Coley and Bernard Carr suggest that some so-called primordial black holes might have been created in the Big Crunch that came before the Big Bang, which lends support to the theory that the Big Bang was not a single event, but one that occurs over and over again as the universe crunches down to a single point, then blows up again, over and over. More

US astronomers launch search for alien life on 86 planets
The Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia has begun listening for signs of alien life on 86 possible Earth-like planets. Part of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence project, GBRT will collect data from 86 planets that were chosen from a list of nearly 1,300 candidates. Selections were made based on surface temperatures being between 0 and 100 degrees Celsius — because they are a lot more likely to harbor life. The project will likely take about a year to complete, and will be helped by a team of 1 million at-home astronomers, known as SETI@home users, who will help process the data on personal computers.More

Waves and Packets available through MultiBriefs
NSBP understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create the Waves and Packets, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. Waves and Packets is also available on the MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you may add the NSBP feed. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. Android phone users also may access the app by going to the Android Marketplace and searching "MultiBriefs" to access the Android version of the app.More

National Society of Black Physicists jobs board postings
REU researcher
Chair, Department of Physics
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
National Astrophysics and Space Science Program
Visiting Professor
Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

Latest research from Physical Review E
Physical Review E
Quantized representation of some nonlinear integrable evolution equations on the soliton sector

Hydrogen-oxygen flame acceleration and transition to detonation in channels with no-slip walls for a detailed chemical reaction model

Role of stringlike, supramolecular assemblies in reentrant supernematic liquid crystals

Morphologies from slippery ballistic deposition model: A bottom-up approach for nanofabrication

Effect of particle size on the glass transitionMore

Latest research from Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear Fusion
Recent results from the HIT-SI experiment

Effects of complex symmetry-breakings on alpha particle power loads on first wall structures and equilibrium in ITER

Onset and saturation of a non-resonant internal mode in NSTX and implications for AT modes in ITER

Coupling between long-range toroidal correlations and radial transport in the TJ-II boundary plasma

Optimization of the safety factor profile for high noninductive current fraction discharges in DIII-DMore