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U.S. Liaison Committee for IUPAP

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and it maintains its relationship with the union through the U.S. Liaison Committee (USLC)/IUPAP. IUPAP’s mission is to assist in the worldwide development of physics, foster international cooperation in physics, and help in the application of physics toward solving problems of concern to humanity. 
 

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IUPAP General Assembly in São Paulo, Brazil, October 11-13, 2017
The 2017 IUPAP General Assembly will be held in São Paulo, Brazil on October 11-13, 2017. Before the GA, the IUPAP Council and Commission Chairs meeting will be held on October 9-10, 2017. The U.S. delegation will consist of six experts. 

IUPAP and IUCr Receive €300k Grant from ICSU
The International Council for Science (ICSU) has awarded one of its three €300k grants to IUPAP and IUCr, so that the two unions may begin work on a three-year advanced light source project. Utilisation of Light Source and Crystallographic Sciences to Facilitate the Enhancement of Knowledge and Improve the Economic and Social Conditions in Targeted Regions of the World will focus on lightsources for Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Over the next three years, the aims of the project include the creation of print materials to better explain light sources and the field of crystallography, the launching of five more crystallography laboratories in various parts of the world, and the international exchange of students and researchers.

The project will be led by Sekazi K. Mtingwa and Sandro Scandolo of the IUPAP C13 Commission, and Michele Zema of the IUCr. Partnering organizations will include ICSU Regional Offices, the International Union of Materials Research Societies, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, and UNESCO.

Remembering Mildred Dresselhaus, USLC/IUPAP Member
The Washington Post reports that Mildred Dresselhaus, renowned physicist and past USLC/IUPAP member, passed away on February 20, 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mildred S. Dresselhaus (NAS/NAE),was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She served in the U.S. Liaison Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics as Vice Chair from 1986 to 1988 and as Chair from 1989 to 1990. She also chaired the U.S. delegation for the 20th General Assembly of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics in 1990. 

Dr. Dresselhaus' prolific career is detailed in the Washington Post. She was the first woman to be granted tenure at MIT, and received funding from the Carnegie Foundation to support women in science. More recently, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.

USLC/IUPAP 2017 Meeting Date Announced
The 2017 meeting of the USLC/IUPAP will be held in Washington D.C. at the National Academies' NAS Building on Monday, June 5.

IUPAP Member Sekazi Mtingwa Receives APS Award
The American Physical Society has recently recognized Dr. Sekazi Mtingwa, member of IUPAP Commission 13 on Physics for Development, along with Dr. James Bjorken and Dr. Anton Piwinski. The three recipients of the 2017 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators were invited to speak at the 2017 APS Meeting, held January 28-31, in Washington, DC.

The USNC/IUPAP extends its warmest congratulations to Drs. Mtingwa, Bjorken, and Piwinski.

International Conference on Women in Physics 2017
The IUPAP Conference series on Women in Physics, organized by IUPAP Working Group 5, will be held at the University of Birmingham, UK in July 2017.

USLC/IUPAP Gathering at APS Meeting in Baltimore; Dates Set For 2017 Meeting in New Orleans
USLC/IUPAP members were invited to attend the Forum on International Physics (FIP) reception at the American Physical Society (APS) meeting on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the Hilton Baltimore. The reception was be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Latrobe Room, and was co-sponsored by the APS Office of International Affairs, the Overseas Chinese Physics Association (OCPA), the Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA), and the Iranian-American Physicists Group Network (IrAP).

The FIP is a wonderful annual opportunity to interact with speakers, officers of the American Physical Society, members of the co-sponsoring organizations, and fellow FIP members. The next APS Meeting will be held from March 13 through March 17, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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