The mission of the Kaufman Foundation is to support fundamental research in biology, chemistry, and physics at Pennsylvania institutions of higher education. The Kaufman Foundation grants to institutes of higher learning in Pennsylvania for scientists pursuing research that explores their field’s essential questions and/or crosses disciplinary boundaries. Mr. Kaufman believed in the potential impact of fundamental, curiosity-driven science and the strength of working across interdisciplinary boundaries. He also recognized the importance of supporting early and mid-career scientists, while acknowledging the major accomplishments achieved after a lifetime of high-impact contributions. When he died in 2010, Charles Kaufman, a respected chemical engineer, left $50 million to The Pittsburgh Foundation of which $40 million is earmarked for continuing his life-long commitment to scientific research with the potential to improve human life. Since 2013, and including 2017, the Foundation has awarded 43 grants totaling $9.1 million.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced in September 2017 inception of the "S&T Strategy 2030" study. The study's objective is to update the Air Force methods for conducting research and development to meet the projected national security challenges of 2030.
Secretary Wilson appointed the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to lead this strategy development. The Air Force's goals for the study are:1. Evaluate technical approaches and focus areas to advance the Air Force's mission through R&D; and 2. Improve Air Force processes and organizational structures to manage early stage research.
The EIPBN Conference is dedicated to lithographic patterning science, nanomanufacturing process technology, and the applications these methods enable. For 61 years and 62 meetings, the conference has brought together engineers and scientists from industries and universities from all over the world to report on and discuss recent progress and future trends.
The conference will be held on May 29, 2018 at Puerto Rico (Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa)
An article by PQI member Edward Gerjuoy will be included in a book titled "Memories of Julian Schwinger" in a new edition of Schwinger's book Quantum Mechanics - Symbolism of Atomic Measurements (Springer, 2018), published for the centennial of Schwinger's birth. Schwinger, who shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics with Richard Feynman and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga for the invention of quantum electrodynamics, was a classmate of Gerjuoy's at City College of New York in the 1930s. Gerjuoy noted that he had a better grade in classical mechanics than Schwinger did.
The International Conference on Quantum Communication, Measurement and Computing (QCMC) was established in 1990 to encourage and bring together scientists and engineers working in the interdisciplinary field of quantum information science and technology.
To date, thirteen such meetings have been held and the fourteenth is being organized by Quantum Science and Technologies Group (QST), Louisiana State University on March 12-16, 2018. QST group conducts research on atomic, molecular, and optical physics, the foundations of quantum mechanics, photonic band gap and meta materials, quantum information theory, quantum complexity theory, quantum error correction, quantum optics, optical quantum computing, quantum sensors, quantum imaging, and relativistic quantum information theory. It collaborates with a number of university and industrial research groups around the world, and we receive financial support for our research from a number of sources.
SQuInT is a consortium of universities, national labs, and industrial labs, with concentration in the southwestern United States. The SQuInT meeting has a strong tradition of mixing invited talks from world-class leading researchers with talks by junior researchers across the SQuInT network, to promote an interactive environment. The meeting brings together the broad community of researchers in Quantum Information Science, including experimental physicists, theorists, and computer scientists.
The 20th Annual SQuInT Workshop is being organized by the Center for Quantum Information and Control (CQuIC). The CQuIC is a research center co-located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the University of Arizona in Tucson. Research at CQuIC is focused on on quantum information and computation, quantum control and measurement, quantum metrology, and quantum optics and communication, and they have extensive theoretical and experimental research programs in all these areas
The workshop on 2D Quantum Metamaterials is dedicated to the commonalities between fabrication, theoretical prediction, and alternative approaches to tunable quantum materials, including cold-atom realizations. Theoretical efforts served by this new simulation platform include Hubbard model systems, design of 2D materials, and other exotic materials.
The workshop will be organized around:
1. all-invited talks by leading researchers
2. breakout sessions for discussions and future plan
3. published Workshop Summary Report
Quantum is an open-access peer-reviewed journal for quantum science and related fields. Quantum is launching a pilot outreach project, Quantum Leaps, where scientists write a rigorous and accessible popular science version of a research paper, which are then reviewed by school students, under the supervision of a researcher. The goals of this project are three-fold:
1. Teach the process of peer review to school students by direct experience;
2. Get students interested in the science of quantum computing and information; and
3. Provide a venue for researchers to showcase effective science communication in quantum sciences.
After peer review, the best articles will be published in Quantum Views, and the reviewers will be invited to give a talk about the experience. This project is inspired by Frontiers for Young Minds, which implements the same idea in fields such as biology, psychology and space science. Quantum Leaps is coordinated by Chris Ferrie and Lídia del Rio.
Congratulations to Jill Millstone on her new position as Associate Editor at ACS Nano. She has been an extremely active ACS Nano author and advisor, since even before she joined their editorial advisory board. In 2011, she joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she has received awards including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the ACS Unilever Award and the Cottrell Research Scholar Award. She is also a member of the editorial advisory board of ACS Nano, beginning January 2016. Her group studies the chemical mechanisms underpinning metal nanoparticle synthesis, surface chemistry, and optoelectronic behaviors. She acted as a mentor and instructor at the Cottrell Scholar Collaborative supported workshop for new faculty as well as a mentor at the Global Young Academy Women in Science Leadership Initiative, the first workshop hosted by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the fall of 2016.
The primary goal of the CRDF Small Grants Program is to enhance opportunities for faculty, especially early career faculty, at the University of Pittsburgh to engage in high-quality research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Awards may range from $2,000 to $16,000. This year, applicants who integrate undergraduate research experiences into their proposed work may request an additional $2,000. The maximum dollar amount that may be awarded this year is $18,000.
Expression of Interest (Recommended): Monday, January 8, 2018 (12 P.M.)
Full Proposal (Required): Monday, February 26, 2018 (12 P.M.)