PHYSICS REPORT ON THINGS OF NOTE
-41~ i 'e 3inUi'son3 n lef, tO i C'")f FcQ oce4n3 e an
4.ss O atef '--u'a o' FP.'e.'c 5 C'ni't 401a, ns Paul
Foman ,-u' ato'
Pressure Transducer is
part of Smithsonian's
Fall 2008 Re-Opening
Conflibulie l Ci i L 1n 1lit 4
In 2000 the Comite International de.s 'oids et
Measures announced that the He melting
pressure wouldd be adopted as the basis for the
temperature scale from '0 i 'F-. v I ts pre lous
10.,.er limit I to 0 C' mY Shortly after ards.
Professor Dwight Adams had an e-mail from
Dr. Paul Forman. Curator in the -merican
Museum of Natural History, inquiring about the
possibility of IF donating the original
Stratly-dams pressure transducer to the
VVithout hesitation -danms said that if he could
find the original transducer he wouldd be glad to donate it to the Smithsonian s collection This .as the
quintessential recognition for the transducer to be among the Smithsonian s collection -dams had
suggested He melting pressure thermometry, based on the ultra sensiti e transducer shortly, after making
the first melting press ure measurements ,ith it in l1':i It had taken years to go from the suggestion
to the adoption of the scale
afterr the e-mail correspondence ,ith Cir Forman and looking through dra ,ers of transducer junk that
had been tucked a ,a, in the lab "dams found one of the first transducers that G-:erald Straty had
constructed from the original design He also located si. or eight other transIducers of various designs
that had been constructed o er the years to meet different needs of a particuLlar experiment Dr Forman
indicated that the Smithsonian wouldd like to ha e the hole lot of them for its Collection whichh "dams
packaged up and sent to him
In Cictober -danms accepted Lir
Forman s in station to sit the
Smithsonian to videotape a
description of the pressure
transducers The place .as in a
state of great disarray since it
.as undergoing a ery thorough
make er intended to allo ,
better display of the artifacts that
it has in its collection The
re-opening of the i..Luseum as
in I 0o ember 2I008.
Hi5ru,'i f'an 5LuC'5r a'so ca"ieo stain Qaucies
The nmerican rP..iuseuml of
I natural History ,eb page states The i i..useuLm has more than -. million artifacts in its collection
Information and photos of selected objects is a ailable in the online Collections database The database is
a ,ork-in-progress and ne items ill be added regularly s separate database co ers archi al
VOLUME 8 NUMBER 3
The annual Spring
Picnic hosted by the
Society, of F'hysics.
Students .ill be
on Saturday., pril 1 1th
at Lake VVaubuirg from
12 00pml to
4 00pm There ill be
plenty of food
hamburgers hot dogs
options and the
student S faculty
softball ri alry ..ll
All faculty, staff, and
students are invited
to come oul and
families & friends.
-lan Dors.ey, Chair
liberal arts & sciences
UF UNIVERSITY o
Race for Higgs Particle in the News
As a result of the delayed LHC startup and the great performance of the Tevatron and CDF and Dzero experiments, the press
has been interested in writing about the race for the Higgs particle. Jacobo Konigsberg recently participated in a press
conference at the AAAS meeting in Chicago, together with the Fermilab director -Pier Oddone, the project leader of the LHC
accelerator -Lyndon Evans, the spokesperson for the CMS experiment -Jim Virdee, the spokesperson of the Dzero experi-
ment Dimitri Denisov and the Atlas detector project manager -Marzio Nessi. This generated significant press
coverage. The following are links to the press articles in which Konigsberg is quoted:
* Associated Press: "Fermilab, European accelerator race for glory"
* Chicago Tribune: "Fermilab, European accelerator race for glory"
* New Scientist: "Fermilab 'closing in' on the God particle"
* Symmetry Magazine: "Hunt for the Higgs kicking into high gear"
49TH ANNUL S E S
Contributed by Sam Trickey
Computational and theoretical
biomolecular research was the opening
theme of the 49th Sanibel Symposium,
which was held February 26-March 3,
2009. Six of the first 10 plenary sessions
were devoted to such topics as Drug
Discovery, Computational Bioinorganic
yp Chemistry, Dynamics in Biological
Function and Efficient Methods for
Computational Treatment of Large Systems. This
continues the program theme alternation begun in 2007:
biomolecular and pharmaceutical problems in odd-
numbered years, materials and chemical physics problems
in even-numbered years.
Two distinct enhancements of this section of the
Symposium were a plenary session on Computational
Methods in Undergraduate Research and another Relativity
and Weak Interactions in chemical and materials problems.
The significance of undergraduate research was
underscored by more than a dozen undergraduate poster
contributions. Undergraduate poster prizes went to
Mehrnoosh Arrar (Univ. Florida) and Luciana Capece
(Univ. Buenos Aires, Argentina). Graduate student poster
prizes were won by Joonsuk Huh (Goethe Univ., Frankfurt
Germany), Andrew J. Nix (Univ. North Florida), and
Olaseni O. Sode (Univ. Florida).
The second half of the Symposium was devoted to
Catalysts and Surfaces, Dynamics and Spectra (both Gas
Phase and at Surfaces), Perturbation Theory for
Intermolecular Forces (in memory of W.A. Adams, a
long-time attendee), and Advances in Many-electron
Methods (both ground and excited state). The last day
was highlighted by two sessions on the basic physics and
chemistry of photovoltaics and lighting.
The Wiley Young Investigator Awards went to Takeshi
Yanai (Inst. For Molecular Science, Okazaki Japan) and
Adrian Mulholland (Univ. Bristol, UK). The IBM-Lowdin
Awards to Postdoctoral Associates went to Anirban Hazra
(Penn State Univ.), Olexandr Isayev (Jackson State
Univ.), and Artur
University), while the
IBM-Zerner Awards to
Santiago Di Lella
(Univ. National de
and Sergio A.
Gonzalez (Univ. Erik Deumens presents Anirbana Hazra
National de with the 2009 IBM-Lowdin Award
Despite continuing barriers from complicated and
expensive U.S. visa procedures, the attendance was up,
245, with 19 countries other than the U.S. represented.
The number of young researchers continues to grow and
was noticeably larger than last year. The location was
again at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island,
Georgia. While not on Sanibel Island (the Symposium left
after 1977), the similarity of the St. Simons beach-front
location continues to be popular with participants.
Support from John Wiley and Son, Taylor and Francis, and
the UF Office of Research was invaluable. The 50th
Anniversary meeting will be held February 25 March 2,
2010, again at St. Simons. Program and arrangement
information will be posted soon at
7 FO TMESPLAS SE PGE1 O VSI
- ACH5,RMA SNDU
MARCHe 11-T L GCLAE A
MAC 19 JOH DOOHE
MACH26 SRGi LIE0O
MAC 2, EDO -.REK
Staudets & A/Iw'i
Physics Alumni Receives Award
Congratulations to Kyoungchul Kong, former High Energy
Theory student, who is recipient of the Outstanding Young
Researcher Award (OYRA). OYRA stands for Outstanding
Young Researcher Award and is given to "an outstanding young
ethnic Korean physicist" by the Association of Korean Physicists
in America (AKPA). The purpose of this award is to recognize
and promote excellence in research by outstanding young ethnic
Korean physicists in North America who are working at research-doctorate
institutions, and industrial and government laboratories.
SCenter for Condensed Matter Sciences
CCMS Graduate Fellowships for 2009-2010 have been awarded to the
following students (faculty member listed in parentheses). Each recipient will
receive full support for Summer 2009 including stipend, tuition, and health
insurance. Thanks to the Executive Committee members (Bowers, Hagen,
Hirschfeld, Rinzler) for their work in selecting the awardees. Congratulations
to Sanal Buvaev (Ho Bun Chan), Lili Deng (Kevin Ingersent), Xiangguo Li
(Chris Stanton), Kevin Miller (David Tanner).
Meet the Graduate Students Annual Event Contrbuted by Dan Pajerowski
The second annual "Meet the Graduate Students" was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2009. The meeting gave first year
students the opportunity to interact with more senior graduate students, and specifically, a venue to ask questions about
potential advisors and courses of study in an open and friendly atmosphere. The meeting was a success, thanks to the
department generously subsidizing snacks and beverages for the event.
First year students and senior students listen in and look on as the A group of first years and senior students are getting to
meeting begins and introductions are made of senior students from know one another.
various disciplines that can answer questions that first years might
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the snacks.
The finer points of perturbation theory are being discussed
over in the Condensed Matter area of the room.
yfj THE PROTON Page 4
Aoundte Departmentd Staff Retiremnt
Graduate students observe superfluid
transition Contributed by Neil Sullivan
Graduate students were treated to what is now a rare sight, the direct
visual observation of the superfluid transition in liquid 4He. The liquid is
contained in a glass dewar which is masked except for a small vertical
window which allows observers to see the liquid as it boils due to
unavoidable heat input. At the transition to the superfluid state (the lambda
point) the liquid becomes "quiet" quite suddenly, signaling the onset of the
superfluid state. Graduate student, Richard Ottens, set up the experiment
as a preliminary test prior to optical studies of on the cooling of evanescent
waves for a gravitational wave detector (LIGO). Contributed by Yvonne Dixon who is retiring
after 35 years at UF.
I started with the University of Florida in
1973 in the Ophthalmology Department at
Shands. I worked there for 2 /2 years
before I decided to stay home with the
children. That lasted for about 3 months
at which time I was approached by
Barbara Mixson, who was the
Administrative Assistant in Physics at the
time, wanting to know if I would be
interested in a part-time secretarial job in
Physics. Eugene Dunnam was the
chairman at the time and he hired me for
the job. So in September 1976 I started
working with the graduate student
program and eventually became
secretary to Dr. Dunnam and Dr.
Ballard. Over the next five years I
In photo left to right: Charles Parks, Kyle Thompson, Yibing Tang, and Greg Labbe increased my time until I was working full
time. In 1980 the Department hired 3
professors (Field, Ramond, Thorn) to
establish a High Energy Theory group.
When they joined the Department they
were needing a secretary, so Dr. Dunnam
assigned me to that position and that is
where I have been ever since. They have
been a wonderful group to work for (one
reason I have stayed in this same
position for so long). The group has now
grown to seven professors, two postdocs
and numerous graduate students. In
2004 I inherited the Astrophysics group
with seven more professors. They also
have been a great group to work for.
Over my 32 /2 years here I have seen
staff and faculty come and go. I have
made many friends through Physics and
am still in contact with some that have left
Richard Ottens and Robert Desero (in back) many years ago and now live somewhere
else in the US. I will miss everyone, but I
Physics Visitor a am also looking forward to my retirement.
Professor W.F. Vinen (left) is a I have four grandchildren, who I am sure
Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) will be taking up a great amount of my
from Birmingham England. He is time. My husband retired four years ago
the most famous and influential and now we are free to do a little bit of
person in the field of Quantum traveling.
Turbulence. Here he is just after
Thanksgiving discussing quantum Thank you for the many years of kindness
turbulence with Pradeep Kumar and thoughtfulness here in Physics.
during Tuesday Coffee hour. . -Yvonne