Welcome to my monthly email to AIP members.
Coming up in May: plasmas, orreries, musical wind instruments and particles in AIP events around the country.
Astronomy features at the Sydney Writers Festival and in talks in Sydney, Melbourne and the ACT. And there are teacher development courses covering nanotechnology, astronomy and astrophysics. All these and more below.
Please consider if you know people who would be eligible for several science prizes closing shortly.
I am keen to see a strong field of physicists applying for Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science, in particular the Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. This $50,000 prize recognises early achievers. Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Prizes close on Friday 8 May.
Nominations for the Eureka Prizes and the L’Oreal Australia fellowships both close on Friday 1 May.
More information on these, and the AIP’s own awards below.
Please also consider completing the 2009 Professional scientist remuneration survey. The survey is confidential and is a good opportunity for us to gain a better understanding of changing employment trends in the physics field. It is at http://www.apesma.asn.au/vsurveys/sci
The AIP’s executive is meeting in Melbourne next Wednesday, 29 April. Amongst the issues we’ll be discussing are progress with the on-line membership system and further development of our website.
If there are any issues you want to bring to the executive please let me know.
The 2009 executive members are:
- President: Brian James, B.James@physics.usyd.edu.au
- Vice President: Marc Duldig, Marc.Duldig@aad.gov.au
- Honorary Secretary: Olivia Samardzic, Olivia.Samardzic@dsto.defence.gov.au
- Honorary Treasurer: Judith Pollard, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Honorary Registrar: Bob Loss, email@example.com
- Immediate Past President: Cathy Foley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Special Project Officer: John Humble, John.Humble@utas.edu.au
- Special Project Officer: Vacant
Please contact me if you are interested in the vacant special project officer position. We are particularly seeking a member who will assist with development of our website and other on-line presences.
If you want to contact me regarding AIP or other physics matters please email email@example.com.
If you have trouble reading the bulletin in this format, it’s also online at www.aip.org.au.
Please note that replies to this email go to Niall Byrne, Science in Public, who sends out the bulletin on my behalf and handles corrections, updates and bounces. If you have news or other information for the bulletin please email Niall by the 23rd of each month.
In this bulletin:
NSW: Tuesday 28 April, 5.30 and 7pm, NSW AIP and The University of Sydney
The meeting of the NSW AIP will have two speakers, Bruce Yabsley at 5.30pm and Joe Wolfe at 7pm.
FIRST TITLE: How to get beyond the standard model
FIRST SPEAKER: Bruce Yabsley, University of Sydney
Bruce will review three experimental approaches seeking to complete the standard model of particle physics: increased the energy of colliding beams (as at the Large Hadron Collider), increasing the intensity of beams and using neutrinos. Australian physicists are involved in all three.
SECOND TITLE: The acoustics of musical wind instruments – and of musicians
SECOND SPEAKER: Joe Wolfe, University of New South Wales
Joe introduces some of the interesting effects, including chords, produced in woodwind instruments by the interaction of the acoustic waveguides of the instrument and the player’s vocal tract. He will describe how the player’s vocal tract can affect timbre and pitch of different instruments.
VENUE: Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, University of Sydney
Upcoming meetings at 6.30pm (refreshments from 6pm):
Tuesday 26 May: Barry Allen, St George Clinical School – From stellar nucleosynthesis to cancer therapy; what is the link?
Tuesday 23 June: Bryan Gaensler, University of Sydney – The magnetic universe revealed through radio polarimetry
More info: Frederick Osman firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT: Thursday 30 April, 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm), ACT AIP and Women in Physics
Women in Physics program
TITLE: To planets or just to the shops: plasmas pave the path
SPEAKER: Christine Charles, AIP Women in Physics lecturer 2009, Australian National University
VENUE: Seminar room P25 (G02), PEMS South, Australian Defence Force Academy
VIC: Tuesday 12 May, 5-7pm, Vic AIP Education Committee
Committee meeting of the VIC AIP Education Committee. All teachers are welcome to attend.
VENUE: Camberwell High School
More info: Sue Grant at email@example.com
QLD: Tuesday 19 May, 6-7pm, The Physics Museum, Qld AIP and School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Qld
Tools of Science series
TITLE: The orrery
SPEAKER: Norman Heckenberg
VENUE: Room 222 Parnell Building, St Lucia campus, University of Queensland
In honour of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, this talk will deal with orreries, telluria, planetaria, cometaria, and other mechanical models of the solar system. Norman Heckenberg is director of the Physics Museum at The University of Queensland and designed the orrery used in the sci-fi movie Pitch Black.
Tuesday 2 June: John Mainstone – 150 years of Queensland science
Tuesday 28 July: Neil Boucher – The 1909 Nobel Prize: G. Marconi and K. Braun
VIC: Thursday 21 May, 6.30pm, Vic AIP Branch
TITLE: Showcasing early career researchers
SPEAKERS to be announced
VENUE: Swinburne University
More info: Scott Wade firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW: Thursday 30 April, 6.30pm, University of Sydney and the Royal Society of NSW
TITLE: Pollock Memorial Lecture: The universe from beginning to end
SPEAKER: Brian Schmidt, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Australian National University
VENUE: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney, Camperdown campus
Brian will talk about dark matter and dark energy, two mysterious substances which make up 96% of the universe. New experiments at Mt Stromlo should give us a better understanding of these dark forms, and predict the ultimate fate of the cosmos.
More info: http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/about/news_items/news_item12.shtml. RSVP to (02) 9351 3383 or email@example.com
VIC: Thursday 30 April, 7pm, Monash University
Public lecture and astronomical viewing
TITLE: Journey into a black hole: the universe through Einstein’s eyes
SPEAKER: Leo Brewin, Monash University
VENUE: S3 lecture theatre, Monash University
The talk will be followed by a public astronomical viewing session starting at approximately 8pm.
Bookings are recommended. Contact Doris Herft (03) 9905 4465 or Doris.Herft@sci.monash.edu.au
WA: Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 May, Scitech
TITLE: IYA2009 Astronomy WA Space Camp
An Astronomy WA Space Camp will be held for teachers and secondary students from Western Australia and beyond to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy and to encourage awareness and understanding of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
VIC: Saturday 9 May, 7.30-9pm, University of Melbourne
Free public lecture
TITLE: The dark side of the universe: beyond stars and the starstuff we are made of
SPEAKER: Michael S. Turner, University of Chicago, USA
VENUE: Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne, Parkville
More info http://physics.unimelb.edu.au/Community/Newsroom/Events/ or contact Stuart Wyithe firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW: Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May, Sydney Writers Festival 2009
The Sydney Writers’ Festival (18 to 24 May 2009) is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy with a series of eight events:
- Explore quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity with astronomer and author Marcus Chown and fellow star gazer Fred Watson.
- Get lost in parallel universes – could you meet your identical self in an identical world? Astronomers explore the paradoxes of the latest cosmology theories in a Café Scientific session with ABC radio.
- Ask anything of News Scientist cosmology consultant Marcus Chown in an open forum.
- Take your children to Black Holes, Wormholes and Vomit Balls in space for insights into life on in earth and in space. Delve into the world of Black Holes, Wormholes and Vomit balls in space – cosmologist Marcus Chown gives an insight on how some scientists think life on Earth came from Mars on board a meteorite – so you could be a Martian! Especially for children.
- Be inspired by the notebooks of 18th century astronomer William Dawes, which led Kate Grenville to write her bestselling novel The Lieutenant. Then view the night sky at Sydney Observatory.
- Celebrate the International Year of Astronomy with Auburn Poets and Writers Group. Their multilingual performance explores the sky as an inclusive space, and probes a planet they experience differently beneath one sky.
More info: www.swf.org.au
ACT: Wednesday 27 May, 6-7pm, Australian National University
TITLE: Origin of the elements of life
SPEAKER: Timothy C. Beers, Michigan State University, USA
VENUE: DNF Dunbar Physics Lecture Theatre, Building 39, Daley Rd
More info: http://billboard.anu.edu.au/event_view.asp?id=42097 or contact Maxine Whittaker email@example.com or (02) 6125 7676
VIC: Wednesday 27 May, Australian Office of Nanotechnology, DIISR
TITLE: AccessNano teacher professional development
VENUE: CSIRO Science Education Centre, Graham Road Highett
This is a one-day workshop for teachers to learn how to use AccessNano (www.accessnano.org) as a resource to incorporate nanotechnology into their lesson plans.
More info: http://www.accessnano.org/professional-development and bookings on (03) 9252 6387
VIC: Thursday 4 June, VSSEC, Melbourne Planetarium and CSIRO ATNF
TITLE: Teaching astronomy & astrophysics in the IYA
VENUE: Scienceworks Museum, Melbourne
VSSEC (Victorian Space Science Education Centre) and the Melbourne Planetarium have joined with the CSIRO ATNF (Australia Telescope National Facility) to offer a full day Teacher Professional Learning program which explores resources for teaching astronomy & astrophysics, and programs offered by the participating organizations. Participants will be one of the first to see the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition.
For bookings please contact Scienceworks museum on (03) 9392 4819.
NSW: Sunday 12 – Saturday 25 July, Science Foundation for Physics, University of Sydney
TITLE: 35th Professor Harry Messel International Science School: ISS2009 Genes to Galaxies
VENUE: University of Sydney
Up to 140 of the brightest and most highly motivated Year 11 & 12 students from around Australia and nine other countries will stay on campus and experience two weeks of lectures, workshops and special activities. This is a scholarship program where all in-country student costs are covered by the Science Foundation for Physics.
Applications close on Friday 3 April.
Physics activities across the country – seminars
TITLE: The Anglo-Australian planet search: selection effects, new planets & long winter nights
SPEAKER: Simon O’Toole, Anglo-Australian Observatory
VENUE: Swinburne Virtual Reality Theatre, AR Building, Room 104, Hawthorn
Thursday 14 May: Geraint Lewis, University of Sydney – TBA
Friday 15 May: Andy Green, Swinburne University – 18 months PhD review
Thursday 28 May: Ingrid Stairs, University of British Columbia, Canada – Searches for new pulsars
Thursday 4 June: Raquel Salmeron, Australian National University – TBA
More info: http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/research/colloquia.html or George Hau on firstname.lastname@example.org
VIC: Tuesday 28 April, 12noon-1pm, School of Physics, University of Melbourne
TITLE: Simulating electron spectroscopy for biological molecules
SPEAKER: Feng Wang, Swinburne University
VENUE: Hercus Theatre, David Caro Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Tuesday 26 May: John Love, Australian National University – Optical fibres: yesterday, today and tomorrow
TITLE: Quantum coherence and decoherence in nuclear collisions
SPEAKER: Mahananda Dasgupta, Australian National University
VENUE: Parnell Building Room 222, University of Queensland
Friday 8 May: Tim Duty, University of Queensland – TBA
Friday 15 May: Austin Lund, Griffith University – TBA
Friday 22 May: Warwick Bowen, University of Queensland – TBA
Friday 29 May: Matthew Davis, University of Queensland – TBA
WA: Tuesday 12 May, 3.30-4.30pm, School of Physics, University of Western Australia
SPEAKER: Robert Braun, Australia Telescope National Facility
VENUE: Physics Lecture Room 2.15, Physics Building, University of Western Australia
More info: http://www.physics.uwa.edu.au/about/seminars or (08) 6488 2738.
NSW: Friday 1 May, 4-5pm, School of Physics, University of NSW
TITLE: Separating the universal from the particular in strongly correlated metals
SPEAKER: Ben Powell, University of Queensland
VENUE: School of Physics Common Room, Room 64, Old Main Building
Monday 4 May: Ilya Eremin, Max-Planck Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme, Dresden, Germany – Superconductivity at dawn of the iron age: pairing fluctuations and competing orders
More info: Adam Micolich (02) 9385 6132 or email@example.com.
TITLE: Fabrication and measurement of nanodiamonds for quantum and biological science
SPEAKER: James Rabeau, Macquarie University
VENUE: Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics A28, University of Sydney
Monday 4 May: Tim Duty, University of Queensland – Artificial atoms, microwave quantum optics and quantum nano-mechanics using nano-structured superconducting circuits
Monday 11 May: James Lloyd, Cornell University, USA – TBA
Monday 18 May: Ben Powell, University of Queensland – Insights into the quantum many-body problem from measured ratios
Monday 25 May: Robert Scholten, University of Melbourne – TBA
More info: Bruce Yabsley (02) 9351 5970, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.physics.usyd.edu.au/local/coll/index.shtml
TITLE: A novel approach to finding B-modes in CMB polarization
SPEAKER: Siddharth Malu, The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune, India
VENUE: ATNF Marsfield Lecture Theatre
Wednesday 6 May: Andy Fruchter, Space Telescope Science Institute, USA – TBA
For the past 2 years APESMA and FASTS have cooperated to produce an annual professional scientists remuneration survey. The 2009 survey is now open and I encourage you to take 5-10 minutes to fill out the online survey. No identification is necessary and all information will remain strictly confidential and used in aggregate form only.
The survey is at the following link: http://www.apesma.asn.au/vsurveys/sci
The survey is a good opportunity for us to gain a better understanding of changing employment trends in the physics field.
The survey is open for completion until Friday, 15 May 2009. General results will be made available in June.
Please consider if you know people who would be appropriate candidates for the following science prizes. I’m particularly keen to encourage a strong field of physicists for the Prime Minister’s Prizes – they are a powerful tool for bringing science achievements to the attention of the Prime Minister and his colleagues. Nominations for the Prime Minister’s Prizes close on 6 May. The L’Oréal Fellowships close on 1 May as do the Eureka Prizes.
I’ve also listed the AIP’s awards.
We’re currently finalising the details for some of these. Nominations close from 30 June onward. I’ll provide further details on each prize in future bulletins.
Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science
The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science have a $500,000 prize pool.
The major prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, is worth $300,000 to the recipient. This and two of the other prizes are particularly relevant to physicists: the $50,000 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year and the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.
Please consider if you know early career achievers who would be suitable nominees for the McIntosh Prize.
Applications close on Friday 8 May.
The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
The Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of scientific research & innovation, science leadership, school science and science journalism & communication.
There are 21 prizes on offer this year – most come with a $10,000 prize and several target early career researchers.
Applications close on Friday 1 May.
More info: http://amonline.net.au/eureka/
L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science fellowships
The L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowships offers three $20,000 fellowship for post-doc women no more than five years past their PhD, excluding periods of maternity leave.
Applications close on Friday 1 May.
Further details at: http://www.scienceinpublic.com/blog/loreal/noms-2009
The AIP awards prizes for outstanding work in physics in a number of different fields. Listed below are some of the prizes coming up in the next few months:
- Bragg Gold Medal for the best PhD thesis by a student from an Australian University (closing 1 July 2009)
- AIP Women in Physics Lecturer, a woman who has made a significant contribution to physics will give a series of lectures to a non-specialist audience to interest students in studying physics (closing 31 July 2009)
- Walter Boas medal for physics research carried out in the last five years (closing 1 August 2009)
- AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia, which recognises the contribution made to physics by people outside research (closing 1 August 2009).
Find more information on all of these awards at the AIP website http://www.aip.org.au/content/medals
Australian Academy of Science prizes
The Australian Academy of Science offers several awards for scientific excellence. Three are of particular interest to physicists:
- AAS Frederick White Prize for scientists in Australia whose research has contributed, or could contribute, to community interests, rural or industrial progress or the understanding of natural phenomena (closing 31 July 2009)
- AAS Matthew Flinders Medal and Lecture for physical science research by early scientific researchers who are fellows of the Academy (closing 31 July 2009)
- AAS Pawsey Medal for outstanding research in physics by scientists under 40 years old (closes 31 July 2009).
More info: http://www.science.org.au/awards/index.htm
Australian University Teaching Awards
The Australian Learning and Teaching council offers a number of awards and citations recognising teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning.
Closing dates are 1 May (citations) and 10 July (program and teaching awards).
More info: http://www.altc.edu.au/awards
The late Jean Laby (1915-2008) was one of Australia’s pioneer atmospheric physicists, and in 1959 she became the first woman to receive a PhD in physics at the University of Melbourne. Her work on climate change and pollution laid the foundations for our understanding of the earth’s climate.
Jean Laby was one of 20 women inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women this year by Maxine Morand MP, Minister for Women’s Affairs.
Melbourne Convention Centre, Vic
21/06/2009 – 24/06/2009
28/06/2009 – 03/07/2009
12/07/2009 – 17/07/2009
12/07/2009 – 25/07/2009
17/07/2008 – 19/07/2009
Register before Sunday 31 May for the ‘early bird’ discount.
University of Melbourne, Vic
20/09/2009 – 25/09/2009
Abstracts are due by 30 April; early bird registration closes 25 May. The workshop below is held in conjunction with this symposium.
Workshop on advances in analytical techniques in geology, conservation science, forensic science, border technology, biomedical & other applications
University of Melbourne, Vic
26/09/2009 – 27/09/2009
This workshop is held in conjunction with the symposium above.
Melbourne Convention Centre, Vic
27/09/2009 – 02/10/2009
18/10/2009 – 24/10/2009
22/10/2009 – 24/10/2009
24/11/2009 – 26/11/2009
National Institute of Education, Singapore
24/11/2009 – 26/11/2009
Abstracts are due by Monday 1 June
15/12/2009 – 19/12/2009
Our next bulletin will be for June 2009. We welcome contributions about activities, conferences and announcements. Our next submission deadline is Friday 22 May. Please send your submissions to Margie Beilharz from Science in Public on email@example.com or (03) 9398 1416.
And the AIP’s journal, Australian Physics, welcomes your articles. The deadline for the May/June issue the deadline is Monday 11 May and 29 June for the July/August issue. Email John Daicopoulos on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on physics events visit http://www.aip.org.au and click on ‘physics events’ or on your state branch.
If you know of anyone who would like to receive these updates, please feel free to forward this to them.
Assoc. Prof. Brian James
President of the Australian Institute of Physics
Phone: +61 (2) 9351-2471