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VCE Physics Teachers’ Conference

Online conference using Zoom primarily addressing needs of VCE Physics’ Teachers, however also of interest to teachers of Physics nationally. Professor Todd Lane will deliver a keynote on the future of climate modeling and there will be 27 live interactive Zoom workshops available across three sessions and a closing address by the VCE Physics Chief Assessor, Andrew Hanson, as well as a number of pre-recorded sessions. Networking will be facilitated using online tools and all sessions will be recorded and made available post conference to delegates.

QLD EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICS TEACHING Award 2021 – nominate now!

The AIP-QLD is looking for nominations of Physics teachers that have made a positive impact to teaching Physics to students at the high school level by anyone of the following criteria.

  1. Promote student interest in physics by providing an environment that stimulates student curiosity and learning.
  2. Use, develop or write innovative instructional materials and new technologies and approaches to the teaching of physics.
  3. Be a positive role model or mentor for other teachers of physics.
  4. Participate in professional development activities in science as a facilitator and continuous development as an effective science educator, with a focus on physics.

If you have a colleague, a former teacher of your own, or have heard of an inspiring teacher in your circle of friends, please consider nominating them for this years award by filling out the nomination form and sending this nomination (or any inquiries) by email to: aip_branchsecretary_qld@physics.org.au

The award consists of a cash prize, plaque and certificate.

Nominations close Friday 4 June 2021.

2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TAS BRANCH

Members of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics are invited to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will be held on the 25 November, 5pm – 5.30pm, via Zoom: https://utas.zoom.us/j/87885892491 (please contact Krzysztof Bolejko if you wish to attend in person)

Order of Proceedings:

  • 5.00pm: Opening and declaration of a quorum
  • Minutes of 2019 AGM
  • Annual Report – Chair
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of the 2020 Committee. Please send your nominations to the Secretary (krzysztof.bolejko@utas.edu.au). Current nominations are:
    • Chair: Krzysztof Bolejko
    • Vice-Chair: Nicola Ramm
    • Treasurer: Elizabeth Chelkowska
    • Committee: Andrew Cole, Jason Dicker, Stanislav Shabala
  • Science Teachers Workshop
  • Other business

Public Talk:

  • 6.00pm: Free Public Lecture by Professor Neil Holbrook ​”Heatwaves in the ocean – really?”

AGM Dinner:

MONTHLY BUZZ | Demystifying Quantum Technology

Quantum technologies are based on phenomena that can seem more like magic than science — spooky action at a distance, teleportation, cats both dead and alive, collapsing wavefunctions, and results that change when you look at them.

So, it may come as a surprise to know that quantum technology is here today, and those futuristic quantum devices are not so very far away.

Panelists:
Jacqui Romero – Senior Lecturer of Quantum Physics, University of Queensland

Andre Luiten – Managing Director, CryoClock & Director at the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, University of Adelaide

Andrew White – Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

Shaun Wilson – Founder, Shoal Group

QLD EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICS TEACHING Award 2020 – nominate now!

The AIP-QLD is looking for nominations of Physics teachers that have made a positive impact to teaching Physics to students at the high school level by anyone of the following criteria.

  1. Promote student interest in physics by providing an environment that stimulates student curiosity and learning.
  2. Use, develop or write innovative instructional materials and new technologies and approaches to the teaching of physics.
  3. Be a positive role model or mentor for other teachers of physics.
  4. Participate in professional development activities in science as a facilitator and continuous development as an effective science educator, with a focus on physics.

If you have a colleague, a former teacher of your own, or have heard of an inspiring teacher in your circle of friends, please consider nominating them for this years award by filling out the nomination form and sending this nomination (or any inquiries) by email to: aip_branchsecretary_qld@physics.org.au

The award consists of a cash prize, plaque and certificate.

Nominations close Friday 24 July 2020.

2019 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TAS BRANCH

Members of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics are invited to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will be held on the 28 November, 5pm – 5.30pm, Physics Lecture Theatre 1, Clark Road, University of Tasmania.

Order of Proceedings

  • 5.00pm: Opening and declaration of a quorum
  • Minutes of 2018 AGM
  • Annual Report – Chair
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of the 2020 Committee. Please send your nominations to the Secretary (krzysztof.bolejko@utas.edu.au). Current nominations are:
    • Chair – Dr Stanislav Shabala
    • Treasurer – Dr Elizabeth Chelkowska
    • Secretary – Dr Krzysztof Bolejko
    • Committee – Dr Andrew Cole, Mr Jason Dicker, Ms Aikaterini Vandorou
  • Other business
  • 5:30pm: Pre-lecture light refreshments in Physics/Maths Tea Room.
  • 6.00pm: Free Public Lecture – Physics Lecture Theatre 1 by Raymond Volkas.
  • 7:30pm AGM Dinner – TBD (local restaurant). RSVP to krzysztof.bolejko@utas.edu.au by 5.00 pm Tuesday 26 November. Members and partners welcome.

2019 Annual General Meeting QLD Branch

Members of the Australian Institute of Physics, Queensland Branch.

You are invited to attend the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

The AGM will be held on the 15 November from 4pm – 5:30pm, Room E207, E Block, Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus.

I am very pleased to announce that the QLD nominee for the 2019 Bragg Gold Medal, Dr Satya Undurti, will be presenting his research prior to the AGM. More information about his presentation are provided below.

The expected timing of the proceedings will be as follows:

4.00pm – 4.50pm      Dr Satya Undurti presents his research

5.00pm – 5.30pm      AGM

For catering purposes it would be appreciated if you could register your attendance by Thursday  the 14th of November to aip_branchsecretary_qld@physics.org.au . Catering will involve pizza and cold drinks.

We additionally hope to stream the presentation online using the Zoom platform. You can join us at AEST 4pm-5:30pm here.

Additionally, part of the business for the AGM will be to elect the branch committee for 2020.

As per the AIP by-laws, the retiring committee has made nominations for next year’s committee, and these are listed below:

Joel Alroe (Chair) (QUT),

Joanna Turner  (Secretary) (USQ),

Scott Adamson (Vice-Chair) (All Hallows),

Igor Litvinyuk (Treasurer) (GU),

Carolyn Brown (USQ),

Scott Hoffman (post-graduate student representative UQ),

Austin Lund (UQ),

Nunzio Motta (QUT),

Till Weinhold (UQ)

Members may make further nominations, which need to be duly proposed and seconded and forwarded to the Secretary at least 24 hours before the AGM, directed to aip_branchsecretary_qld@physics.org.au . I look forward to seeing you on 15th November!

Dr Satya Undurti

Title: ‘Attoclock’ experiments on atomic and molecular hydrogen

Abstract: This thesis describes strong-field ionization experiments on atomic and molecular hydrogen using an ultrashort-pulse laser source and a sophisticated electron/ion detection setup called a reaction microscope (REMI). It aims at benchmarking strong-field physics with the help of precision measurements performed on the simplest atomic (H) and molecular (H2) systems. This work resulted in a definitive resolution of a long-standing controversy on measurement, value and interpretation of quantum tunneling time – determining that electron tunneling in atomic hydrogen is instantaneous within experimental precision (tunneling time is less than 1.8 attoseconds, or 1.8×10-18 seconds) and ruling out all previously proposed theoretical definitions of tunneling time.

World Congress on Lasers, Optics and Photonics

World Congress on lasers, optics and Photonics will be held in Spain, during September 23-25, 2019. which is designed to provide a platform for discussion and networking as well as to share new ideas, advancements and research related to the application of lasers, optics and photonics technology in various fields and industries and its related topics with the theme of “Advancements of Lasers, Optics and Photonics in Modern world”. Laser and optical technology are in general absolutely essential to performing applied research in areas such as chemistry and biology, providing fundamental analysis tools.

Optics 2019 provides excellent opportunities for global sharing of expertise, products, technology and best practices in the field of Lasers, Optics and Photonics. Its large international participation comprised of notable keynote speakers, technical sessions and young researchers and students presentations on the latest cutting-edge research and designed to stimulate discussion and debate about current research in Lasers, Optics and Photonics globally.

organic research creates excitement for QLD students

The John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour has wrapped up for another year after a successful tour!

Pegah poses for a self with the students of All Hallow’s School in Brisbane

Our 2019 John Mainstone Youth Lecturer was Dr. Pegah Maasoumi, a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science at the University of Melbourne. The John Mainstone Youth Lecture Tour took Pegah and her presentation: ‘My organic Research’, to 12 Queensland schools from the Sunshine Coast, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Brisbane to Toowoomba where she inspired and engaged the students with her exciting research and her journey as a scientist.

Pegah talked to more than 600 students in years 10-12, revealing the secrets behind foldable mobile phones, Ironman’s suit and next generation of solar windows. She told the story of her journey as a scientist and enlightened the students about the excitement and opportunities with a career as a Physicist.

All Hallow’s studens and teachers with Dr Pegah Maasoumi.

Pegah says: “no doubt, one of the highlights of my tour was the way students engaged with my research and story. The questions and ideas they shared during the talk, and all the promising feedback I got from their teachers, strongly suggest that they are considering science and Physics as career path. I am also very happy to be an organic example for them that a physicist is not just an old man with a fuzzy hair who works with forces. I like to think, they are now not picturing us as clumsy Big Bang Theory Physicists but more of capable Tony Stark version.”

With students from Padua College, Brisbane.

“Their questions totally blew my mind” Pegah said, “one of the very common questions was, ‘why are we not using solar more?’ and ‘still our politicians insist on burning coal?’ That question for me was pure joy to see. Not only are we promoting and fostering future scientists, but perhaps smarter politicians and better future for Australia.”

St Aidan’s Anglican School

Pegah believes the tour was very successful and nothing can be more effective than exposing our kids to living examples and questions out there. “I am absolutely grateful for this experience and I would love to see one of those bright girls as future John Mainstone Youth Lecturer and custodian of our worldwide famous pitch drop experiment.”

International Conference on Materials Research and Nanotechnology

International Conference on Materials Research and Nanotechnology will be held in Rome, Italy, during June 10-12, 2019. ICMRN-2019 is aiming to bring together innovative academicians and industrial experts in the field of materials science and Nanotechnology to a common forum. The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in materials research and technology and another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working all around the world. This conference offers you knowledge oriented sessions with the theme of “Outlining the forefront Research: Materials Research-Nanotechnology” that will renew the practical skills that you need to improve.