H. Frederick DyllaDirector's Matters

Go for the Gold!

Please join me in congratulating the U.S. Physics Team, who just returned last week from an incredible trip to Isfahan, Iran for the nine-day International Physics Olympiad. Each member of the five-person team performed exceedingly well. The team won two gold and three silver medals. Jason LaRue and Haofei Wei brought home the gold, while Kenan Diab, Rui Hu, and Jenny Kwan earned the silver. The U.S. team joined pre-college students from over 60 countries to tackle challenging theoretical and experimental physics problems. For a first hand account of our Olympians' adventures, please take some time to read their blog.

The purpose of the Physics Olympiad is twofold: to engage the youth of our nation to strive for excellence in physics, and to give them an opportunity to interact with peers on the international level. The backdrop of the Middle East made this year's competition particularly thought provoking for participants and organizers alike. In the words of Toufic Hakim, Executive Officer of AAPT, "This global event goes beyond just physics. Perceptions shaped by media and politicians are often inconsistent with reality. Nothing replaces personal interaction. By being in the beautiful, green and history-rich city of Isfahan and by interacting with its friendly and hospitable people, all have renewed their beliefs that the commonality of people and universality of physics trump differences in language, dress code, practices and political rhetoric." The full AAPT press release has more information on the event.

The U.S. Physics Olympiad program is a joint initiative of AAPT and AIP. AAPT runs the program, and AIP raises funds and contributes resources to increase awareness of the program among policy makers and the general public. The students' participation and performance are a source of pride for the whole of AIP, as all 10 Member Societies made donations to support the competition.

Sincerely yours,
Fred

 

A familiar face in Amsterdam
Tim Ingoldsby and Marc Brodsky (yes, that Marc Brodsky!) represented AIP at a series of publishing industry meetings in Amsterdam the week of July 16. Tim is a member of the newly formed Future Lab Committee of STM - International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers, which heard a presentation by Elsevier's Scopus team about their implementation of a new measure of scientific quality, the "H index" (Hirsch index), in the Scopus database -- an abstract and citation database of research literature. Tim also serves as Chair of the CrossRef Membership & Fees Committee, and presented several proposals to the CrossRef Board at its Amsterdam meeting. Marc continues to represent AIP as a member of the CrossRef Board and STM, as well as a member of the very active STM Copyright Committee.

Introducing an invoicing innovation
AIP's Circulation and Fulfillment (C&F), which handles page-charge related billing, implemented a new procedure to handle author payment of color-printing fees on behalf of one of our key clients. It eliminates unexpected costs to our publishing services' clients. In the past, invoices for color charges were sent to authors post-publication. In cases when an author did not honor the color-printing fee, the society publisher absorbed the cost.

Now AIP will invoice the author in advance of publication and allow time for payment. In the event an author does not pay this fee, the article will go to print in black and white. Color figures can still appear in the online edition at no additional charge, at the discretion of the publisher. Now that AIP has developed this new procedure to serve one of our publishing partners, other societies may choose to adopt this system.

SPS interns and Gary White demonstrate an experiment on speed, collision and seat belt use.

Looking forward, looking back...
The SPS Summer Interns' formal presentations delivered last Tuesday at ACP were class acts, drawing many friends and colleagues in the D.C. metro area. We've posted copies of their power-point presentations online to share with you, along with a slide show capturing their summer experiences. A few interns headed off to the AAPT Summer Meeting in Greensboro, NC, this weekend to share the successes of the past weeks in a poster session.

After the presentations, even more guests and staff from AIP, APS, and AAPT crowded into the conference room to hear guest speaker Professor Worth Seagondollar's (NCSU) captivating tales from the trenches of the Manhattan Project. The Center for the History of Physics recorded his talk and is having it transcribed. To meet popular demand, we will post it online, along with a brief video clip of his talk.

MGR promotes OSA paper, local radio tunes in
OSA asked the Media Team to prepare a news release on an Optics Express paper describing artificial polymer opals that can change color when stretched, for potential applications including counterfeit-resistant credit cards and food packaging that can detect spoilage. WTOP radio, the largest station in the Washington, D.C. area, featured the story all day on Wednesday, July 25. The paper has received wide coverage, including food news sites such as foodproductiondaily.com.

Inquiring minds want to know
We recognize that employees are our best resource and can provide a wealth of talent, skill and knowledge that can benefit AIP as an organization. For that reason, we would like to know if in the past two years you have earned a degree or attended a workshop/seminar so that we may update your personnel record with this valuable information. Simply make a copy of the degree/certificate and forward it to Human Resources. Contact Judy Rance or Donna Jones if you have any questions.

Optical Society of America (OSA)
OSA members work in the science of light. Ever wonder why the sky is blue or how a telescope works? The answers lie in optics. Eyeglasses and contacts use simple lens configurations to improve your vision. Cameras, computers, TVs, CDs, and DVDs all rely on optics, too.

Optics is a branch of physics describing how light behaves and interacts with matter. From exploring the universe to monitoring the environment to solving crimes, scientists who specialize in optics utilize their knowledge of how light behaves under various conditions.

One of OSA's goals is to encourage tomorrow's scientists. The OSA Foundation partnered with Girl Scouts to develop "Lighten Up! Discovering the Science of Light," a workbook for young girls.

For more than 90 years, OSA has supported the optics community by producing the world's top-ranked optics and photonics journals and conferences. OSA's pioneering open-access journal Optics Express, the most successful journal of its kind, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Located in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C., OSA has 130 staff members, an annual operating budget of $30 million, 14,500 members and 70,000 customers. Led by Executive Director Elizabeth Rogan and the current president Joseph Eberly, OSA works closely with AIP in publications, statistical research, public relations and many other activities. For more information, visit www.osa.org.


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