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South Africa to launch national space agency
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The government of South Africa will officially launch a national space agency in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will at the same time release South Africa's National Space Strategy to position the country amongst the global leaders in space science and technology. According to the government press release, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) "will coordinate and integrate national space science and technology programs, and conduct long-term planning for the implementation of space-related activities in South Africa." Click here for more.

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2010 NASSP Winter School opens in Cape Town, South Africa
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The National Astrophysics and Space Sciences Program (NASSP) Winter School has started for 20 students at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town, South Africa. The school serves as a primer on astronomy and space sciences and as a recruiting venue for the NASSP MSc and Ph.D. programs. It aims to increase the number of black South Africans in astronomy, and the students are chosen from historically black post-secondary institutions that do not have formal astronomy program offerings.

"We expect to admit seven new black South African students into our postgraduate program in astrophysics, says Dr. Thebe Medupe, the director of the school. "This is significant given that over three years ago we would have been lucky if we had two black students into postgraduate astronomy courses."

The two week program includes lectures on various topics including solar physics, galactic astronomy, mathematical analysis and extrasolar planets. There are also several hours of laboratory experiences using the resources of SAAO.

The teaching faculty is drawn from the University of Cape Town, which houses the NASSP program. NSBP members, Charles McGruder and Hakeem Oluseyi, are also part of the teaching team supported by a grant to NSBP from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

UK's Institute of physics kicks off fundraising effort for physics in Africa
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The Institute of Physics (IOP) has initiated a fundraising effort for its IOP in Africa program. Under this program IOP provides training and internet and computing technology (ICT) to African physics teachers. Volunteers drawn from the IOP membership travel to various African countries to build relationships with colleagues there, conduct workshops and build instruments. Recently IOP program officials held very productive talks with NSBP leaders that will lead to greater participation by U.S. physicists in this very successful program. More

Call for participants: US delegation to the 4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics
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The team leaders of the US delegation to the 4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics in Stellenbosch, South Africa, invites applications to become a member of the U.S. delegation. The conference dates are April 5-11.

The U.S. team leaders are responsible for assembling a diverse delegation of women and men physicists and others, who will represent our country superbly and commit to apply and share their experiences at the conference to improve the situation for women in physics in the U.S. when they return. We seek broad representation from students, post-doctoral fellows, teachers, senior leaders, from the full range of physics and related specialties, employment sectors, geography and race/ethnicity.

The conference will feature discussion of progress and challenges in increasing the numbers and advancement of women in physics around the world; highlight exciting physics frontiers; and feature successful strategies for attracting girls to physics, helping young women launch physics careers and promoting more women into leadership. More

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Hard X-rays probe model fuel-cell catalyst
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Researchers at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) have developed a new, more powerful way to probe the behavior of a key component in hydrogen fuel cells. The group shone SSRL's high-energy X-rays on a single-atom layer of platinum to illuminate how the metal helps the generation of electrical power inside a fuel cell. The new experimental approach appeared online recently in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. More

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.

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 Programme
Assistant Professor - Dept. of Physics
Summer Research Intern
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Assistant Professor of Physics
REU Scholar
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
Faculty Position in Applied Physics

Latest research from Optics Letters
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Arbitrary truncation order three-point finite difference method for optical waveguides with stepwise refractive index discontinuities

Accelerating regular polygon beams

Optimal pulse width modulation for sinusoidal fringe generation with projector defocusing

Beam-quality factor of single-mode gain-guided fiber lasers

Autostereoscopic display based on two-layer lenticular lenses

Latest research from The Astronomical Journal
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KPNO Lunar Occultation Summary. III

Resolved Spectroscopy of M Dwarf/L Dwarf Binaries. IV. Discovery of AN M9 + L6 Binary Separated by Over 100 AU

A Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph Study of Debris Disks Around Planet-host Stars

White Dwarfs in Local Star Streams

RR Lyrae Atmospherics: Wrinkles Old and New. A Preview

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