[ASC-list] Physics in December - prize winners and particle physics

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Thu Dec 1 02:15:15 UTC 2011


Dear ASC'ers,

We put together a bulletin of physics news and events every month on behalf of Marc Duldig, the AIP President. Here's a taster of what's in this month's bulletin.

You can view the full bulletin online here<http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/category/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog>.

Kind regards,
Niall
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>From Marc Duldig, President of the Australian Institute of Physics



This month in Melbourne Geoff Taylor delves into the Large Hadron Collider, in WA the Gingin Observatory ramps up its stargazing over the holiday period, and the South Australian and Western Australian branches meets for their annual dinner and AGM tonight.

Looking ahead to 2012, the next AIP Congress will be held in Sydney from 9-13 December 2012. The venue is yet to be confirmed, and I'll keep you informed of key dates as they approach.

An Australian has been elected as the next President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). Bruce McKellar will take up his position in 2014.

And Science & Technology Australia has a new President, Michael Holland, from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. I continue to represent the AIP on the Board, and now also on the Executive Committee

Congratulations to AIP member Michelle Simmons of the University of New South Wales, who was named NSW Scientist of the Year at a ceremony at Government House in Sydney on Wednesday 23 November. Michelle is the director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology which is developing quantum computers to carry out calculations billions of times faster than computers today.

Also, congratulations to the pioneer of the bionic ear, Graeme Clark, who is the 2011 CSL Florey medallist, joining past winners including Ian Frazer, Barry Marshall and Robin Warren. While receiving the prize at Parliament House in Canberra, Graeme announced that he will be joining NICTA, National ICT Australia Ltd, to help close the gap between electronics and the brain - making better connections to enable a bionic ear that would provide true hi-fi hearing.

In this bulletin I also update you on advertising in Australian Physics, and the Tasmanian branch committee for 2012.

You are welcome to contact me regarding AIP or other physics matters. Just email aip_president at aip.org.au<mailto:aip_president at aip.org.au>.

Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,



Marc




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