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James OlthoffMeasuring Up

PML Deputy Director Jim Olthoff has received the Woodington Award for Professionalism in Metrology. Since its inception in 1978, the Measurement Science Conference (MSC) presents the annual award “to recognize a member of the Measurement Community who represents the highest level of professionalism and dedication to the Metrology Profession.” Olthoff received the award “in recognition of his outstanding contributions, commitment and leadership to measurement science” at the 2014 MSC, March 10-14 in Long Beach, CA.









Michael MoldoverAcoustic Thermometry Still Hot

Mike Moldover, leader of the Fluid Metrology Group in the Sensor Science Division, is the first author of a definitive review paper titled “Acoustic Gas Thermometry” currently highlighted on the home page of Metrologia. Moldover and co-authors from the National Metrology Laboratories of France, England, Italy, and China review the principles, techniques and results from primary acoustic gas thermometry. The paper is available on-line at no cost to non-subscribers for the next three months.“NIST invented acoustic thermometry based on metal-walled cavities that act as simultaneous acoustic and microwave resonators,” Moldover says. “This is the most accurate technique for determining the thermodynamic temperature and for measuring the Boltzmann constant.”







PML/NIST Host Tenth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation

The Tenth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation, INC10, will be hosted at the NIST Gaithersburg campus on May 13-15, 2014. The event is co-organized by David Seiler, chief of PML’s Semiconductor and Dimensional Metrology Division and a member of the INC10 U.S. executive committee. Early bird registration closes April 9, regular registration closes May 5. Registration is available on-line.

The INC10 offers opportunities to learn about exciting advances in nanotechnology and nanoelectronics from leaders in the field as well as network with industry experts. The INC vision is to foster international communication and cooperation on nanotechnology and particularly on nanoelectronics between industry, academic and government partners to advance innovation in computer, communications, electronics, and related industries. Global science and technology trends and overviews of major regional funding programs will be presented from Europe, Japan and the United States that address scientific and societal challenges, and that support sustainable technological and economic growth. The invited sessions include Nanoelectronics (Material and Devices, Heterogeneous Integration), Bioelectronics/Medical Breakthroughs/ Sensors, Clean/Green Energy, and Revolutionary Future Perspectives.


Top Spot for AMO

JILA logoIn this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings, the number-1 school for graduate study in the highly competitive field of atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics is the University of Colorado – Boulder. That is, of course, the location of JILA, a joint institute of NIST and CU. CU was tied with MIT in the last ranking but this year surged ahead to occupy the top spot alone.


JQI logoThe University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) placed sixth in the national AMO rankings, ahead of Caltech, Rice, Cornell, and the University of Chicago, among others. UMD is the home of the Joint Quantum Institute, a research partnership of NIST and the university.








Helping the Best Teachers to Teach

Charles Clark of the Quantum Measurement Division represented the Optical Society of America (OSA) at a March gathering in honor of recent recipients of the U.S. Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The event was titled “How physics disciplinary societies can support teacher preparation and professional development.” An OSA news announcement reports that Clark, an OSA Fellow, “spoke to the awardees about the society’s resources available to educators, including OSA’s award-winning educational website, the classroom kits, educational DVDs and more.”


Reviewing Reviewers

Yuri Ralchenko, leader of the Atomic Spectroscopy Group in the Quantum Measurement Division, was named one of the most valued reviewers in 2013 by the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer and was awarded a "Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing." The journal covers various subjects related to theoretical and experimental spectroscopy of atoms, molecules, and plasmas, electromagnetic and light scattering, radiation transfer in diverse environments, and various applications of spectroscopy.