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2011 NSBP conference dates
The 2011 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists is postponed until fall 2011.

Proceedings published from 2009 Women in Astronomy Conference
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The Organizing Committee of the 2009 Women in Astronomy conference has published the proceedings from the year's Women in Astronomy and Space Science Conference III, titled "Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009: Meeting the Challenges of an Increasingly Diverse Workforce." The conference was held Oct. 21-23, 2009, at the Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, M.D. More

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Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics
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There are four Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics to accommodate people in all parts of the country. The dates and location are Jan. 14-16 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Jan. 14-16 at University of Southern California, Jan. 14-16 at Purdue University and Jan. 14-16 at North Carolina State University. Each is a three day conference with the following goals: to help female undergraduate physics majors transition successfully from undergraduate to graduate studies in physics, to foster an undergraduate culture in which women are encouraged and supported to pursue and succeed in higher education in physics, to strengthen the network of women in physics. More

What's in store for 2011
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Physics World editor, Michael Banks, predicts another bonanza for astronomy and planetary science. Both the Russians and the U.S. missions will launch missions to Mars. NASA will be launching a mission to Jupiter. NASA will also launch the Earth-observing Glory satellite in November to study the planet's atmosphere in the visible and infrared. In March, NASA's Messenger craft will start orbiting around Mercury after a six and a half year journey. The Kepler mission has data on 400 additional planets that it discovered in 2010, but has yet to release the data. The Dark Energy Survey telescope, led Fermilab is expected to come online in October. More

The dangerous dark companion of bright green lasers
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The spectra of inexpensive, green laser pointers exhibit infrared (IR) components that are 10 times more intense than green light and, consequently, could cause retinal damage. More

Tevatron to cease collider operations by the end of fiscal year 2011
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Fermilab's Tevatron particle accelerator will cease collider operations at the end of September as originally planned, despite calls to extend operations for a further three years. The decision – made by the Department of Energy (DOE) – means that the search for the elusive Higgs boson is now likely to become a one-horse race involving the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. More

Despite this announcement, NSBP member and long-time Fermilab employee, Herman White remains optimistic about the future of the lab. "Tevatron has been running extremely well. Every week they are announcing new milestones in luminosity and other parameters. It had exceeded all original expectations and had been involved in a number of historic discoveries. This is a testament to the accelerator scientists here, he says. "But there is much more physics going on than the search for Higgs. There are important analysis in jet physics, single top production and heavy quark physics within the CDF and D0, collaborations and several others." White also points out that there is much Tevatron data analysis work that will occupy physicists for many years after operations cease.

Lab director, Pier Oddone, also points out that despite the ending of Tevatron collider operations, the Office of Science and Fermilab are committed to maintaining the laboratory as a world leader for particle physics. More

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Science Museum Oklahoma offers physics all-nighter
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Science Museum Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, is a hands-on learning environment for families and general science enthusiasts. Its Bright Night program is a series of educational and entertaining all-nighters for kids and their parents. On Jan. 14, the Bright Night theme will be physics. The Bright Nights begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15. Family groups can stay the entire night, sacking out in their own sleeping bags, or they can leave at any time. More

Journal article: Use of interactive lecture demonstrations: A 10 year study
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Researchers at the University of Sydney report on learning gains for two different projects over 10 years. In Project 1, the interactive lecture demonstrations (ILDs) were implemented from 1999 to 2001 with students who had successfully completed senior high school physics. The learning gains for students not exposed to the ILDs were in the range 13 percent to 16 percent while those for students exposed to the ILDs was 31 percent to 50 percent. In Project 2, the ILDs were implemented from 2007 to 2009 with students who had not studied senior high school physics. More

Funding the frontiers of materials science
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leftWhen it comes to funding dollars, the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research (DMR) is one of America's most important backers of materials science. Next year, this government agency will allocate close to $320 million on a wide-ranging program of advanced materials research and technology innovation. In a new, exclusive video interview, Ian Robertson, the DMR's incoming director, talks about growth areas – nanoelectronics, photovoltaics and data-enabled science among others – and what the agency is doing to encourage high-risk, high-payoff interdisciplinary research. More

IOP reaches $20,000 target for Physics in Africa project
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IOP for Africa, the Institute's fundraising campaign to support physics education in a range of sub-Saharan countries, has so far raised over $20,000 since the launch of the initiative in December. IOP volunteers help train local physics teachers in countries such as Ghana, Tanzania and Rwanda to enhance their subject knowledge and give them the practical skills to show students the myriad of applications physics can have. They also train local craftsmen to build experimental equipment. More

Thunderstorms shoot beams of antimatter into space
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In 2009, researchers announced that NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope had, for the first time, detected gamma rays produced by antimatter generated in terrestrial lightning storm. Now, after analyzing additional gamma-ray signals produced by terrestrial positrons — the antimatter counterpart to electrons — Michael S. Briggs of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Ala., and his colleagues think that the antimatter beams do not require special conditions to be generated. Briggs presented the latest findings during a Jan. 10 news briefing at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Details will also appear in an upcoming Geophysical Research Letters. More

National Society of Black Physicists Jobs Board Postings
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Physics Faculty (Regular Full-time 10 months with benefits)
Summer Research Fellow
Visiting Assistant Professor
Astronomy Lab Instructor and Support Staff Position
Physics Division Director
Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Astronomy Lab Instructor
Air Quality, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Climate Change: Measurements and Modeling in the Pacific Northwest – Research Experience for Undergraduates
NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
NIST-ARRA Undergraduate, Graduate, Postdoc, Senior Fellowship Program
Visiting Assistant Professor in Theoretical Physics
Faculty Positions - Physics Department
Experimental Plasma Physics in Fusion Science
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
Summer Research Associate
Tenure Track Faculty Assistant/Associate/Full
APS Scholarship Program for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
Director, South African Astronomical Observatory
Summer Researcher

Latest research from Geophysics Research Letters
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Warm pool hydrological and terrestrial variability near southern Papua New Guinea over the past 50k

Vertical thermal structure history in the western subtropical North Pacific since the Last Glacial Maximum

Incoherent scatter radar observation of E-region vertical electric field at Arecibo

Mega-ejecta on asteroid Vesta

First radar observations in the vicinity of the plasmapause of pulsed ionospheric flows generated by bursty bulk flows

Latest research from Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
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A general and solvable random matrix model for spin decoherence

Protein-mediated loops and phase transition in nonthermal denaturation of DNA

Fractional Klein–Kramers dynamics for subdiffusion and Itô formula

Fluctuations and response in a non-equilibrium micron-sized system

Steady state of tapped granular polygons

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