[ASC-list] Being part of the art and supporting science funding: physics in May

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Wed Apr 30 01:08:37 UTC 2014

Dear ASCers,

We put together a bulletin of physics news and events every month on behalf of Rob Robinson, the AIP President. Here’s a taste of what’s in this month’s bulletin.

You can view the full bulletin online<http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/may-2014>.

Kind regards,

>From Rob Robinson, President of the Australian Institute of Physics

There’s an art to presenting research, and that’s never been more true than it will be in December at the 2014 AIP Congress, ‘The Art of Physics’. Now is your chance to show off your creativity, by submitting an abstract for a 15-minute presentation or poster.

We’re fast approaching the federal government’s budget, and along with our fellow members of Science and Technology Australia and other research groups, we’re hoping to see a fulfilment of election promises for a long term, stable vision for science and research. There are worrying signs though with rumours of large cuts to CSIRO. Universities Australia have launched a campaign to keepitclever.com.au<http://keepitclever.com.au/>.

Last month three AIP representatives met with politicians and journalists at the annual Science Meets Parliament. Over two days, Dalia Hadaya, Deb Kane and Niraj Lal discovered that there are some on both sides of parliament who care about science, but getting their attention is a battle against other priorities. However, our delegates did leave with some new connections in Canberra, and a better understanding of how the policy-making process works.

The Australian Academy of Science’s top honour – the Academy Medal – goes this year to a physicist and educator Harry Messel. He founded the International Science School program and the Physics Foundation at the University of Sydney. He also wrote the famous ‘Blue Books’, textbooks which formed part of Australia’s first compulsory science syllabus, at a time when no girls’ school in Sydney offered a course in physics.

Three other physicists were also elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science: Hans Bachor, for his research in quantum optics, Lisa Kewley for her advances in understanding the formation of galaxies and stars, and Margaret Reid for her work in new tests of quantum theory in areas like teleportation and cryptography.

In March 2013, four Australian physicists—John Dunlop, Tony Farmer, Don Price and Gerry Haddad—were killed in a tragic helicopter accident. To honour the memory of these dedicated scientists, leaders and mentors, the CSIRO Alumni is holding an appeal to establish an annual post-graduate scholarship. You can find details on how to donate below.

And some of the items:
Call for abstracts for AIP Congress
Abstracts are invited for either a 15 minute oral presentation or a poster to present at the 21st biennial AIP Congress, incorporating the Australian Optical Society annual meeting, to be held at ANU in Canberra from 7-11 December 2014.
NSW award for community outreach
The New South Wales branch of the AIP has is offering its inaugural Community Outreach to Physics Award.
State of the Climate 2014
Thu 29 May 2014, 6.30pm, The University of Melbourne, VIC
Scott Power from the Bureau of Meteorology will talk about the latest IPCC report and global warming.
Crystallography photo contest
Celebrate the International Year of Crystallography and capture the art of crystals, by taking a photo fitting the theme ‘Crystallography in Everyday Life’.
UNSW physicist joins US science academy
Michelle Simmons has been elected member of the elite American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Fellowship for senior women astronomers
Visit the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in WA. Applications close 30 May 2014.
Radiation Protection Conference
ARPS 2014 will be held in Hobart from 26–29 October, with the theme ‘Radiation protection: drawing the line.
Colours put chemistry under the microscope
Monash University electron microscopists use chromatic aberration to make chemical maps at the nanoscale.
Positrons could come from pulsars, not dark matter
An Italian team has used the Australian National Telescope Facility Pulsar Catalogue to model the positron excess seen by the AMS-02 dark matter experiment.

More details at http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/bulletins/aip-presidents-blog/may-2014


Niall Byrne
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