Awareness of his research began in 2004 in the lead-up to his presentation at the Acoustical Society of America’s 75th Anniversary Meeting in New York. AIP’s media team publicized the work in a press release and lay-language paper. Also, see the July 2004 Physics Today article, “Particle Tracking Tunes Up Music.”
Fellow Ana Maria Rey’s work on optical lattices is opening new areas of research in atomic, molecular, optical, and condensed-matter physics. Rey gave a presentation on her work at the 2006 APS March Meeting, and the lay-language paper released to the press about her research was among her first publicity.
Organic chemist Phil Baran has been developing ways to synthesize natural products—compounds found in nature that have desirable properties, like the potential to treat cancer and other diseases. Baran and his colleagues work out ways to make these natural products and related molecules in abundance in the laboratory. Baran’s commitment to his work is tenacious, and he works tirelessly, according to his former colleague Jason Bardi, AIP's director of media services. I think that it’s fair to assume that we can expect more great things from Baran.
I invite you to learn more about the MacArthur Fellows of 2013, including astrophysicist Sara Seager, communications researcher Dina Katabi, statistician Susan Murphy, materials scientist Craig Fennie, paleobotanist C. Kevin Boyce, and agricultural ecologist David Lobell. You will find other fellows of the arts fascinating as well. Vijay Iyer, for instance, is an excellent example of what a scientific mind can do. Iyer is an acclaimed jazz musician and acoustical researcher. He also presented his work at a national ASA meeting; see the abstract here under Computer Jazz Improvisation.
The Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a chapter-based organization—most of its events occur at the chapter or institutional level. Regional SPS meetings (zone meetings) are held only once or twice a year in each region, and national meetings (the Quadrennial Physics Congress) are held only every four years. In order to celebrate chapter successes and share ideas, all chapters are asked to submit an annual Chapter Report detailing their activities each June. With nearly 200 chapters submitting annual reports, 2013 was a record year.
These reports are currently being reviewed by SPS staff and the SPS National Council, and several chapters from each zone will eventually be honored as SPS Outstanding Chapters on the basis of the activities detailed in their report (see the list of 2012 Outstanding Chapters here). Following are a few things we have learned so far from the 2013 reports:
In order to encourage more chapters to submit reports in 2013, SPS National held a random drawing for five $100 pizza gift cards from among the first 100 chapters to submit their reports. Chapters at Davidson College, Green River Community College, John Carroll University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Richmond enjoyed back-to-school pizza parties courtesy of SPS National!
Career Network appreciates partner contributions
On September 9, Career Network (CN) hosted an appreciation lunch at the ACP with staff from Physics Today, AAPM, APS, and SPS. This lunch served as an opportunity to bring these parties together with CN staff for a brief informational session. CN staff also reached out to its other partners in appreciation of their participation in the collaborative venture that makes CN a more substantive resource. CN works regularly with partner representatives to market their CN-managed job boards and relies on their input to improve operations.
Event announcement: On the evening of October 14, AIP Industrial Outreach will present a networking event in Montreal, Canada, in conjunction with the Society of Rheology Annual Meeting. Following the networking reception, panelists will discuss, “Rheology in the Real World.”