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IUPAP General Assembly, November 5-7, 2014 in Singapore
The International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) is governed by its General Assembly, which meets every three years. The 28th General Assembly of IUPAP was held November 5-7, 2014 at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. For more details on the General Assembly’s program and public lectures, please consult the Nanyang Technological University’s website. General Assembly highlights included:

Kennedy Reed: IUPAP President-Elect
The USLC/IUPAP would like to congratulate its ex-officio member, Kennedy Reed, on his appointment as president-elect of IUPAP. He will serve a three-year term as president-elect, followed by a three-year term as the president of IUPAP and a three-year term as past-president. President-Elect Reed has served on the IUPAP Commission on Physics for Development for nine years and was the chair of that commission for three years. More information on his election can be found on the website of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

In addition, the following U.S. nominees for IUPAP Commissions were appointed:

  • C2: William Phillips (University of Maryland and NIST) as Vice-Chair
  • C3: Beate Schmittmann (Viriginia Tech) as Member
  • C4: Eun-Suk Seo (University of Maryland) as Member
  • C5: William Halperin (Northwestern University) as Secretary
  • C6: Aihua Xie (Oklahoma State University) as Secretary
  • C8: Alan MacDonald (University of Texas at Austin) as Member
  • C9: Kai Liu (University of California, Davis) as Member
  • C10: Laura Greene (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as Vice-Chair
  • C11: Heidi Schellman (Northwestern University) as Vice-Chair
  • C12: Ani Aprahamian (University of Notre Dame) as Member
  • C13: Sekazi Mtingwa (MIT) as Member
  • C14: Priscilla Laws (Dickinson College) as Member
  • C15: Thomas F. Gallagher (University of Viriginia) as Member
  • C16: Warren Mori (University of California, Los Angeles) as Member
  • C17: Thaddeus Ladd (HRL Laboratories) as Member
  • C18: Bruno Nachtergaele (University of California at Davis) as Member
  • C19: Chryssa Kouveliotou (NASA, Huntsville) as Member
  • C20: David P. Landau (University of Georgia, Athena) as Vice-Chair
At the General Assembly, two resolutions that were presented by the USLC/IUPAP were passed. These were resolutions were:
  • To form a new IUPAP Commission on Accelerator Science
  • To create an IUPAP Working Group on the Newtonian Constant of Gravitation G

5th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics: August 5-8, 2014
Since 2002, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) has sponsored a series of triennial international conferences on women in physics. The Fifth IUPAP Conference on Women in Physics (ICWIP 2014) was held August 5-8, 2014 in Waterloo, Canada. This unique conference brought together delegates from around the world to:
  • Showcase and celebrate scientific work in all areas of physics
  • Develop resolutions to address gender issues and promote the participation of women in physics
  • Provide networking opportunities to build a strong, diverse and inclusive worldwide physics community

The last meeting of the USLC/IUPAP was held on June 5, 2014, with on-site and online participation.

Career Development Workshop for Women in Physics: September 16-19, 2013
The USLC/IUPAP, through private funds, provided support for the 2013 Career Development Workshop for Women in Physics. This workshop was held September 16-19 at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.

This event was organized to help address some of the issues faced by women physicists around the world, with a focus on women in developing countries. Sixty-nine attendees from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas participated in the workshop. The organizers and the principal speakers represented a variety of physics specialties and career stages; they came from the U.S., Germany, Italy, India, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Half of the sessions focused on building career skills, with topics such as how to write a CV, submit papers to journals, apply for grants, prepare talks, and negotiate. The other sessions focused on the varied career and life pathways of individual physicists. For more details, please visit the 2013 Career Development Workshop for Women in Physics website

Canadian American Mexican (CAM) Graduate Student Conference
The USLC/IUPAP supports international outreach, such as the Canadian American Mexican (CAM) Conference, a biennial conference jointly sponsored by the American Physical Society (APS), Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), and Sociedad Méjicana de Física (SMF) that affords physics graduate students an opportunity to attend a unique conference planned by and for them with mentorship from senior staff of the physics societies in each of the three countries.  Students have an opportunity to introduce their recent findings in the various subfields of physics as well as address concerns particular to physicists in the early stages of their careers. The first CAM Conference was held in 2003 in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, with the responsibilities for hosting subsequent conferences rotating among the three participating countries. 

CAM 2013
The 2013 Canadian-American-Mexican Physics Graduate Student Conference (CAM2013) was held at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on August 15th-18th, 2013.  The conference focused on the research done by graduate students. Plenary contributions from established scientists also gave the student participants exposure to ongoing research in diverse sub-fields. Students shared the results of their research with senior scientists and international peers in their own field, as well as with those focused on other disciplines within physics. Under the current CAM planning cycle, CAM2015 will be held in Mexico, CAM2017 will be held in the United States, and CAM2019 will be held in Canada.

USLC/IUPAP Meeting Presentations
These PDF presentations are from the June 7, 2013 meeting of the USLC/IUPAP members in Irvine, CA. These presentations include reports on the following topics: ASESMA, International Conference on Women in Physics, NAS Board on Physics and Astronomy, Physics Education, Women in Physics, and the International Visitors Office (IVO).

In 2012, USLC/IUPAP’s private funds were provided to support the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) initiative. SESAME is a “third-generation” synchrotron light source under construction in Allan, Jordan. The initiative fosters scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East and neighboring countries by enabling world-class scientific research. In addition, SESAME strives to build scientific and cultural bridges between diverse societies and contribute to a culture of peace through international cooperation in science. More details can be found on the SESAME website.

2012 African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications 
Through private funds, the USLC/IUPAP supported the 2012 African School on Electronic Structure Methods and Applications (ASESMA 2012). This was the second school in an IUPAP endorsed series that is planned biennially from 2010 to 2020. This series of schools was initiated by the IUPAP Commissions on Physics for Development and on Computational Physics (C-13 and C-20), with the objective of helping to build a critical mass of computational materials science expertise and capabilities in Africa. ASESMA 2012 was held at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. More information can be found on the ASESMA website.

The 27th General Assembly of IUPAP
The 27th General Assembly was held at the Institute of Physics (IOP) in London, UK from October 31 to November 4, 2011. This meeting was sponsored by the IOP, which provided the meeting facilities. The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and STFC's ISIS Neutron and Muon Source kindly hosted visits to their scientific facilities. The U.S. was represented at the General Assembly by a six member delegation. The 6 U.S. delegates were:  Samuel D. Bader (Chair), Argonne National Laboratory; Amy K. Flatten, American Physical Society; Vansudevan Lakshiminarayanan, University of Waterloo; Patricia McBride, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory; Peter Mohr, National Institute of Standards and Technology; and José N. Onuchic, Rice University. 


  • The U.S. delegation presented several resolutions at the 2011 IUPAP General Assembly, such as reestablishing an IUPAP working group on energy. 
  • Also, in response to another U.S. resolution, additional wording was introduced to the IUPAP statement of Free Circulation of Scientists to update it. The following is an excerpt of the statement with the additional terms in italics: “…opposing any discrimination on the basis of such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, gender preference, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age….”
  • Other resolutions of major interest that passed included endorsement by IUPAP that 2013 should be designated The International Year of Crystallography, and that 2015 be designated The International Year of Light.

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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