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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 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 have been invited to speak at the next APS Meeting, held January 28-31, 2017, in Washington, DC.

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

Remembering Katharine Gebbie: 1932--2016

Renowned astrophysicist and longtime USLC/IUPAP member Katharine Gebbie passed away on August 17, 2016 at the age of 84.

Under Katherine Gebbie's direction, four Nobel Prizes in Physics were awarded to the NIST Physics Laboratory from 1997 to 2012. After 45 years at NIST, the institute's precision measurement laboratory in Boulder, Colorado was renamed the Katharine Blodgett Gebbie Laboratory. She received the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal for her work at NIST, among many other awards. "The creative environment and spirit of discovery that [Gebbie] nurtured," wrote Peter Mohr, USLC/IUPAP Chair, "continues to enrich people at NIST today."

Katharine Gebbie's vibrant personality will be greatly missed. For a more detailed account of Gebbie's life and accomplishments, visit her tribute page at

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.

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.

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.  

CAM 2015
The 2015 Canadian-American-Mexican Physics Graduate Student Conference (CAM2015) was held in Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico on September 10-12, 2015.  The conference focused on the research done by graduate students. Plenary contributions from established scientists also gave 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.
The aim of CAM is to provide an outstanding opportunity for students to develop professional skills, learn a broad range of physics topics, and initiate interactions across geographical borders. Furthermore, the conference fosters communication and exchange of ideas among students of various backgrounds and interests. CAM2017 will be held in the United States, and CAM 2019 will be held in Canada.

USLC/IUPAP Member Kennedy Reed Becomes 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.

At the General Assembly, two resolutions that were presented by the USLC/IUPAP were passed. These resolutions were to form a new IUPAP Commission on Accelerator Science, and to create an IUPAP Working Group on the Newtonian Constant of Gravitation G.

#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.










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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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