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Nominate for an AIP Executive role; Quantum pancakes; Physics in the Pub; awards and nominations

I’m pleased to announce the nominated ticket for the Executive for the AIP for 2019. Read on for more information and the process for election.

The NSW AIP Branch is calling for nominations for its annual NSW Community Outreach to Physics Award, worth $500. The Award recognises an individual who is a role model to the physics community, promotes student interest in physics, and is an effective physics educator. Nominations close Friday 12 October.

If you know an outstanding physics teacher in Queensland, nominate them for the very first Outstanding Physics Teacher Award. The AIP Queensland Branch is inviting you to nominate high school physics teachers that have made a significant impact to physics education.

This month brings a lot of exciting news. There will be more on the Nobel Prize for physics―just awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for work in laser physics. Donna Strickland is the first woman in 55 years to be honoured for the Nobel Prize for physics. Stay tuned to our Twitter account for updates. The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will also be announced later in October. This year mathematics and technology teachers are eligible for nomination in the Science Teaching Prize for the first time.

If you’re in Brisbane on Thursday 11 October, head to Phil Dooley’s Physics in the Pub event. It’s a great opportunity to support local physicists in a friendly, informal environment. Contact Phil directly if you’d like to get involved, or register on EventBrite.

Nominations for the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Awards are closing this month on Friday 26 October. Even if you applied last year and were unsuccessful, try again, or encourage others to apply. More information below.

Last month we learned of changes to the HSC physics syllabus in NSW. The new syllabus focusses on physics and its modern uses, rather than its history and development, but the changes have also meant that women and contributions to physics by women have been entirely removed.

As Kathryn Ross and Tom Gordon pointed out in an article in The Conversation, the new syllabus mentions 25 scientists by name and all are men. The danger here is ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’: students will find no female role models in the syllabus, and may come away with the idea that physics is not a field for women. The AIP is committed to gender equity through initiatives like the Women in Physics lecture tour, and we will continue to strive for gender balance in Australian physics. I have written a letter to the NSW Minister for Education expressing these concerns.

Kind regards,

Andrew Peele
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au

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International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics

“Dear Colleagues,
Allied academies welcome you to attend International Conference on Laser, Optics and Photonics during Aug 23-25, 2018 at Paris, France.
With the prime theme of “”Exploring the boundless escalation in Laser, Optics and Photonics”” International Conference and Expo on Laser, Optics and Photonics enables its participants to network with the best in field of Laser Technology and unwind their newest research trends. The focal point are Laser Systems, Fiber Laser Technology, Laser Safety, Surface Enhanced Spectroscopy,Optical Imaging and Sensing,Advancements in Photonics, Optics and Lasers in Medicine, Technologies in Lasers, Optics and Photonics, and more.
Website Details: http://laser-tech.alliedacademies.com/
Please share the information to concerned people in the department

Regards and Thanks,
Luna Emilia
Program Manager
Laser Tech 2018
Contact No: +44-203-769-1755
Mail id: lasertech@alliedconferences.org”

AIP NSW Physics in the Pub

Join us as we head down to one of Sydney’s great pubs at The Orient Hotel. Catch up with other physicists and engage in conversation in a relaxed social setting. This is a free event; however, attendees will need to cover the cost of their own food and drinks.
Local scientists will give eight-minute presentations about their research, the colourful history of physics and quirky phenomena that pique their interest.

FORMAT OF THE EVENING:
From outlandish inventions to the charismatic cosmos to graphic life-saving operations, physicists will join us from all over the town.

Your MC Your Host
Phil Dooley will steer you through standup, demos, songs and poems.

Cyntia Franco (Uni of Sydney) is a star builder – she’ll teach you how, and you can take one home to Mum and Dad that’s virtually indistinguishable from a real one.

Casey Edwards (Westmead Hospital) is part of a team that’s pioneering surgery on chilled out humans. Literally. Although their patients’ temperatures are so low you’d think they’re dead, the team perform extraordinary operations that save lives – she’ll explain the physics of their techniques.

In 2018 we farewelled Stephen Hawking. Retired lecturer Ian Bryce will pay tribute to the work of the wheelchair-bound genius.

Ed Simpson (Nuclear@ANU) discussed carbon-dating, polonium-210 and bananas with a customs official. It didn’t go well.

Heather Catchpole (Refraction Media) is inspired by the poetic side of physics. Bring your artistic thoughts – she’ll be improvising some poetry on the spot.

Playing with shadow puppets is a profession for Jesse Van de Sande (Uni of Sydney) – it helps him visualise the 3D shape of distant galaxies based on their silhouette.

Graeme Melville (UNSW) wants to know if 40,000 volts is a lot – sit in the front row to get a great view of his live experiments to find out. Or perhaps don’t…

Patent attorney Phil Burns (Wrays) will take us on a tour of inventions such as antigravity machines, patented by physics greats such as Einstein, Tesla and Michael Jackson.

Schrodinger’s cat was thought up to show how confusing quantum mechanics is. But now the cat’s got a few words to say, says Phil Dooley (Phil Up on Science)

Petr Lebedev (Uni of Sydney) is studying science communication, so he knows what not to do. Or does he?

For more information please contact:
Dr Phil Dooley (philuponscience@gmail.com) or
Dr Frederick Osman (fosman@trinity.nsw.edu.au)

Summer Meeting underway; PhD and post-doc opportunities; and more – Physics in December

Professor Andrew Peele Director, Australian Synchrotron
Professor Andrew Peele
Director, Australian Synchrotron

In this edition of the AIP’s monthly email bulletin, we extend  a very warm welcome to the committee members elected at  recent the recent state branch AGMs.

The AIP is active through its branches, and a wide network of volunteer physicists keep the business of the Institute moving smoothly. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming our new committee members, as well as acknowledging everyone who has worked to keep the AIP moving from strength to strength in 2017.
Speaking of volunteers, they are also running the first AIP Summer Meeting now underway. A good turnout from students is already making the meeting a success and I look forward to returning to Sydney on Wednesday to hear more about the latest developments in physics across Australia. More on that below. 

National meetings like this are a great way for students (as well as those of us who are no longer students) to make connections, and to find out about employment prospects around the country. Not coincidentally, the Summer Meeting is held at the time of year that universities start thinking of recruiting, and to help that process there are plenty of job opportunities in this bulletin.

Finally, we offer our congratulations to Professor Judith Dawes on her appointment to the role of Treasurer of Science & Technology Australia (STA). We also extend our sincere thanks to outgoing STA President Professor Jim Piper, Walter Boas medalist and long-time stalwart of the Australian physics community, for his unfailing and enthusiastic advocacy of Australian science throughout his Presidency.

And read on to find out how you can make use of the AIP’s association with STA to get your voice heard in the “Halls of Power” in Canberra next February.

Regards,

Andrew Peele
President, Australian Institute of Physics
aip_president@aip.org.au

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