Iron in the Mix

Below is an excerpt from an article on iron-based superconductors, recently published in Science News:

Physicist Johnpierre Paglione works in a kitchen of sorts: He precisely blends ingredients, heats his mixtures to just the right temperature and cools them to get the perfect product. But rather than only edible ingredients, his recipes call for toxic chemicals, such as arsenic, and metals — especially iron. His ovens, which line the shelves of his lab at the University of Maryland in College Park, reach 1,700˚ Celsius before he carefully cools his concoctions over days or weeks.Full Story

Gates Recognized at Launch of Change the Equation

At the ceremony to announce the launch of Change the Equation, President Obama gave a speech that recognized Professor Jim Gates in connection to his work as co-chair of the PCAST/STEM EdWorking Group. The day marked the public release of a year-long study, Prepare and Inspire: K-12 Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for America's Future on science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) education in the nation's K-12 schools.

To read the blog created by Jim Gates, and to view related video with others from PCAST), visit:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/16/who-inspired-you

Nick Hadley Re-elected US CMS Collaboration Board Chair

Professor Nick Hadley has just been re-elected to his position as US CMS Collaboration Board Chair. This board counts its membership from 49 US Institutions on CMS and over 600 scientists, and plays a critical role in shaping the direction of the US contingent at CMS (the US has the single largest national representation on CMS). The position also comes with the title of the Country Representative from the United States to the CMS Management Board; therefore Dr. Hadley will represent the US in running CMS at CERN.