[ASC-list] Years of crystallography and light, Michio Kaku and prize opportunities: physics in April

Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Thu Mar 20 05:59:48 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/april-2014>.

Kind regards,

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

This year we are celebrating the United Nations International Year of Crystallography, marking 100 years of using X-ray diffraction to study the structure of materials. There’ll be all kinds of events: the public art exhibition Crystals in the City will tour Australia in August, and the AIP and ANSTO will host a public talk on crystallography in May.

And then 2015 is the International Year of Light. The theme of “light” encompasses so much of physics, so it gives us all a chance to shine in public. Our colleagues at the Australian Optical Society will lead the way, and anyone with ideas for the steering committee can email light2015 at aip.org.au<mailto:light2015 at aip.org.au>.

Michio Kaku – you may know him from his books and TV programs. He’ll be visiting our shores in June, with public talks in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney discussing and answering questions on his speciality, string field theory, and his attempts to unify the fundamental forces.

Thanks to Elisabetta Barberio, who brought the Higgs boson to schools and universities across Australia as our 2013 Women in Physics lecturer.

Applications for the 2014 tour are open until 31 March<http://www.aip.org.au/info/?q=content/women-physics-lecturer>: it’s a great opportunity for a woman who’s made a significant contribution to physics research to share her work.

Remember too that the AIP medals and awards are open, recognising research, education and service to physics.

Now is a good time for award nominations, with the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science also open—including the Malcom McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, won last year by Andrea Morello—as well as the honorific awards from the Australian Academy of Science.

And for those keen to hear from some young high-flyers, the FameLab Australia<http://www.famelab.org.au/> state heats will feature early-career researchers talking about their science before a live audience, in plain English and with only 3 minutes each. These events will take place around the country over the next few weeks, and there’s sure to be some physicists involved.

On a sad note, former AIP President Fred Smith passed away from cancer on 1 March. Fred was instrumental in setting up the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies, which is now known as Science and Technology Australia, and he was its first president.  He was a long-time Professor of Physics at Monash University, before moving to La Trobe in 1987 as Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

And some of the items in brief:
Graphene: deep physics from the all-surface material
Thu 27 Mar 2014, 6.30pm
Latham Theatre, Redmond Barry Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC
Public lecture
Michael S. Fuhrer from Monash University will try to give a sense of why graphene, a single atom-thick plane of graphite, has sparked, and continues to generate, such excitement in the condensed matter physics community.
Crystallography's big year
2014 is the United Nations International Year of Crystallography, commemorating a century of X-ray diffraction, which made possible the study of crystal structure. (It’s also just over 400 years since Johannes Kepler made his first observations of the symmetry of snowflakes).
String theorist Michio Kaku to visit
“Imagine a world of time travelling, teleportation, telekinesis, advanced evolution species and galactic colonisation…the possibilities are endless.”
- Michio Kaku.
New home for plasma physics
Plasma physicists are invited to join a newly-formed division of the Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS)
Signs of inflation and gravitational waves
Australian astrophysicists discuss the sensational new BICEP observations.
Smart textiles from graphene oxide
Researchers from the Universities of Wollongong and Sydney have created high-capacitance yarn that could be used in wearable technology.

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


Niall Byrne
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