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European Research Area: the second issue of the newsletter is online

Posted By Administration, 13 June 2014
Read the second issue of the ERA newsletter here

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AAPPS: the bulletin of June 2014 is online

Posted By Administration, 12 June 2014
The AAPPS Bulletin is available online at: http://aappsbulletin.org/

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Physics Eduction Division: new publication by Laurence Viennot

Posted By Administration, 30 May 2014
Several topics dealt with in the MUSE files posted on this web-site are also analysed in a book : Thinking in Physics The pleasure of reasoning and understanding, by Laurence Viennot. This book is mainly aimed at teachers and teacher trainers. It relies on the same principles as those which inspire project MUSE.

Thinking in Physics
The pleasure of reasoning and understanding
By Laurence Viennot
Hardback, 182 pages
Springer 2014

The book has three parts:
•    making sense of special scientific ways of reasoning (words, images, functions)
•    making connections between very different topics, each illuminating the other
•    simplifying, looking for consistency, and avoiding incoherent over-simplification

Table of Contents
Part I    Learning to think:  words, images and functions
- Essential tools for comprehension
- Some surprising invariances
- Analysis of functional dependence: a powerful tool
- Putting things into practice
Part II   Physics: Linking factors
- Links between phenomena in terms of type of functional dependence.
- Te relationships between different approaches to the same phenomenon
Part III  Simplicity:  ruin or triumph of coherence?
- Optimising simple experiments
- Popularising physics: what place for reasoning?

Read more
Download the leaflet
Visit the PED website
Info about the MUSE project

Tags:  PED  Physics Education Division  publication  teaching 

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EuCheMS Brussels News Updates: the May issue is online

Posted By Administration, 30 May 2014

EuCheMS Brussels News Updates, May gives news on the following topics:

  • European Commission publishes European map of regulated profession;
  • Soil contamination: progress report on the managment of contaminated sites;
  • Public consultation on the Europe 2020 strategy;
  • Selected Horizon 2020 calls;
  • Calls for EuCheMS Awards.

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New issue of ALICE MATTERS

Posted By Administration, 30 May 2014
Updated: 30 May 2014
The new issue of ALICE MATTERS is now online. Click here to read it.

Read more about the Phase 1 ALICE Upgrade plans, the ALICE results presented during Quark Matter 2014, the installation of new TRD modules and the new PMTs for the ALICE V0 detector.

Read also about the ALICE contribution to the new LHC mock-up tunnel and the first ALICE Masterclass at Warsaw University of Technology. These and many more stories in the new issue.

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Dr. Christophe Rossel appointed as Chairman of the EPL Association

Posted By Administration, 22 May 2014
At the EPL Editorial Board meeting on 16 May 2014, Dr. Christophe Rossel was appointed as Chairman of the EPL Association (EPLA), responsible for the operation of the EPL journal. He takes over from Professor Markus Schwoerer who has held that role for the past three years. Dr. Rossel has been a member of the Board of Directors of the EPLA since 2012. Receiving a PhD in solid state physics in 1981 from the University of Geneva in the field of superconductivity he continued research at the University of California, San Diego. In 1987, he joined IBM Research Zurich and focussed on high-temperature superconductors (a hot topic for publications in EPL). Dr. Rossel has recently been appointed as EPS President Elect, due to become President in 2015. In addition to being a member of the EPS Technology Group, the Energy group and the Forum for Physics and Society, he was also member of the steering committee of the World Year of Physics (2005). A Fellow of both EPS and IOP Dr. Rossel is also a past president of the Swiss Physical Society.

In retiring from the EPLA Chairmanship Professor Markus Schwoerer has been replaced by Professor Robert Klanner as the representative on the Board of Directors for the Category B member societies in the EPLA. After a PhD in experimental particle physics from Munich in 1973 Professor Klanner pursued further research in the USA (Illinois) before returning to become Leading Scientist at DESY, Hamburg in 1984, Professor at the University of Hamburg in 1996, and now Director of Research, DESY since 1999.

The EPL management wishes to express their thanks to Professor Schwoerer for his guidance of the EPLA through recent years, including the 25th anniversary celebrations in which he took a major part in organising. We also wish to congratulate Dr. Rossel on his new role and to welcome Professor Klanner to the Board of Directors.

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epl website

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EPS-HEP 2013: the conference proceedings are published

Posted By Administration, 19 May 2014
The proceedings of The European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics 2013 are published now. You can access them by following this link: http://pos.sissa.it/cgi-bin/reader/conf.cgi?confid=180

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EPS High Energy Particule Physics Division
ECA and conference proceedings

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Institute of Physics: research reconfirms that science investment promotes growth

Posted By Administration, 13 May 2014

2 May 2014, IOP - 

New and independent research has reconfirmed and quantified some of the economic and societal benefits of public investment in scientific research.

The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base, written for the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), and funded by the IOP and five other partner societies, looks in detail at the relationship between public funding of science and engineering and economic activity.

Read the full article on the Institute of Physics' webite.

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AAPPS Bulletin: April 2014 Vol. 24, No.2 is out

Posted By Administration, 22 April 2014

The AAPPS Bulletin is available online at: http://aappsbulletin.org/

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EuCheMS Brussels News Updates: the April issue is out!

Posted By Administration, 17 April 2014

EuCheMS Brussels News Updates, April gives news on the following topics:

  • EU scientific programme for Expo 2015 in the making: work kicks off;
  • EuCheMS responded to public consultations;
  • Public consultation on introducing the European Professional Card;
  • 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress;
  • Calls for EuCheMS Award. 

Tags:  EuChems  newsletter 

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