NSF-supported research highlighted at APS meeting

March 06, 2001

Physics, chemistry and materials research supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will make news at the American Physical Society meeting at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, Wash., March 12-16, 2001.

Nanotechnology: The National Initiative. The year 2000 launched a major program by NSF and other federal agencies to fund nanoscience and nanotechnology. NSF's Lance Haworth describes the expectations and outlook for this new "megatrend" of controlling molecular-level behavior.
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Superconductor MgB2. The discovery of a high-temperature superconductor in a simple, readily available compound launched a world-wide research effort to determine its properties. David Larbalestier of the NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Wisconsin and Robert Cava of Princeton University have explored this compound's potential capabilities.
Press conference: Monday, March 12, 4 p.m.

Supernova in a Bottle. When stars use up their nuclear fuel, they are predicted to collapse into a supernova. Carl Wieman of the University of Colorado describes the physics of a "Bosenova"--an implosion and subsequent explosion of atoms from a Bose Einstein condensate that has a surprising resemblance to the process that takes place in space.
Press conference: Monday, March 12, 11 a.m.

Nobel Prize Winners. The chemistry and physics Nobelists of 2000 enjoyed long-term support from NSF. Alan MacDiarmid of the University of Pennsylvania and Alan Heeger of the Institute for Polymers and Organic Solids discuss developments in synthetic metals/organic polymers and plastics electronics. Herbert Kroemer of the University of California at Santa Barbara explains how to "teach electrons new tricks."
Tuesday, March 13, 2:30 p.m.

Materials Science Awards. Ellen Williams, director of the NSF Material Research Science and Engineering Center at the University of Maryland, receives the David Adler Lectureship Award for her explorations of surface structure and for effective communication of these scientific results. Art Gossard, a key participant in the former NSF Quantized Electronic Structures Science and Technology Center at the University of California at Santa Barbara, receives the James C. McGroddy Prize in New Materials for contributions to molecular beam growth of semiconductor structures.
Monday, March 12, 5:30 p.m.

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