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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. Before the GA, the IUPAP Council and Commission Chairs meeting will be held on October 9-10. The U.S. delegation will consist of six experts. 

International Conference on Women in Physics 2017
The IUPAP Conference series on Women in Physics, organized by IUPAP Working Group 5, was held at the University of Birmingham, UK in from July 16 through July 20, 2017. The U.S. delegation of the 2017 ICWiP consisted of 12 women traveling to the conference and another 10 non-travelers, several of which are current graduate students. This delegation worked on multiple agenda items to prepare for the conference, most prominently a global gender bias website where women in physics can post their stories -- anonymously if desired -- and connect on an online forum. For more details on Women in Physics, visit our subpage or contact Beth Cunningham of AAPT at

CAM 2017 to be Held in the United States
This year's Canadian-American-Mexican Graduate Student Physics Conference (CAM 2017) will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington in D.C. from August 17 - 19, 2017. Since 2003, this bi-annual conference has fostered collaboration among physicists from Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Graduate students are encouraged to present their research and learn about other subdisciplines.

For more details on CAM 2017, click here.

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.

IUPAP Supports New Women in STEM Project Funded by ICSU
In addition to awarding a €300k grant to IUPAP and IUCr, the International Council for Science has awarded a grant for the same amount to IMU and IUPAC. The two unions will be leading a new project, supported by IUPAP, that aims to reduce the gender gap in STEM fields. IUPAP's Working Group on Women in Physics has already laid much of the groundwork for this task, sponsoring a global survey on gender in physics careers in 2008.

According to the IUPAP Newsletter (March 2017), the goals of this project are:
1. Gather survey-based evidence and conduct a study of publication patterns
2. Work with social scientists to analyze cross-cultural trends relating to gender and science
3. Make scientific materials more accessible to young women and foster an interest in STEM careers
4. Make recommendations on how to effectively reduce the gender gap

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.











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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number PHY-1441995. 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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