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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.
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.
2016 ASESMA in Ghana, June 12--25
The University of Ghana, Legon, in Accra, Ghana proudly hosted this summer's African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA). About ten lecturers and five to seven tutors assisted approximately forty students, about half of which were from Ghana and twenty other African regions.
USLC/IUPAP Gathering at APS Meeting in Baltimore
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 most recent APS Meeting was held from March 13 through March 17, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Fifth International Congress on Women in Physics Proceedings Now Available
Proceedings are now available online for download. All of the articles are available "open access" indefinitely, meaning that they do not require login information to access and can be freely shared. Simply click on individual articles to view them. You will then be directed to a new page for the paper where you must select "Download PDF" to read the entire article.
#MySTEMStory and HERStories: Initiatives to Support Women in Physics
Over 215 participants from 49 countries attended the 5th International Conference on Women in Physics at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, from August 5-8, 2014. As a result of the conference, several initiatives were developed to broaden support for women in STEM fields. #MySTEMStory, a trending topic on Twitter, allows women to share both positive and negative elements of their experiences. HERStories, a video compiled by the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society and the Society of Physics Students, features physics professionals discussing their love of the field. November 7 was also approved as the new International Women in Physics Day.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1318107. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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