National Society of Black Physicists

National Society of Black Physicists Newsletter

We would like to wish each of you and your families a very happy holiday season and a happy new year!  As we close out the year 2014, we would like to thank each of you for all your wonderful contributions to the science community and encourage you to keep up  the great work!

NSBP 2015 Conference:  Re-Visioning the Future of Scientific Leadership
Registration is now open for the 2015 Conference of The National Society of Black Physicists. The conference will be held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, in Baltimore, MD on February 25 – 28, 2015.  We encourage all physics majors to apply now!  
NSBP 2015 Conference:  Conference Sponsors and Vendors
We need sponsors and vendors for our conference!  If you are interested or know of a company that would like to sponsor or be a vendor at the upcoming conference, please have them contact Sheryl Brannon at for package information.
AIP Announces the SPS Partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists
Exchanging ideas, listening to one another, and working in teams have always been strengths of the physics community. To this end, the Society of Physics Students and the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) are pleased to announce a new joint membership program in which student members of either society can join the other at no extra cost. To read more visit: 
NSBP Symposium:  Expanding the Pathways for Black Physicists Education Research Partnerships:  Understanding Persistence, Retention and Success
A “NSBP Symposium:  Expanding the Pathways for Black Physicists Education Research Partnerships:  Understanding Persistence, Retention and Success” was held on November 9, 2015 in at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD. This workshop was organized by B. Freelon (NSBP Board) and is part of a NSBP initiative to promote education research within our physics community.
Congratulations to Dr. Cherry Murray
As a recent sponsor and contributor to the Physicist Inspiring the Next Generation (PING, summer program, we would like to recognize Dr. Cherry Murray, on being one of nine recipients of this year’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation.  The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recipients are leaders who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and who have help strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.  NSBP received a formal invitation from the President of the United States to attend this reception held at the White House.  Dr. Paul Gueye attended the award ceremony with his daughter (Yannick Gueye – who also helped to initiate the PING program and was also representing her middle school, Hunter B. Andrews in Hampton, VA) and his wife (Mornetka Gueye).  This is a wonderful recognition and we extend our warmest congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Murray.  To read more about Dr. Cherry Murray’s accomplishments, you can visit
NSBP and the Newly Formed National Astronomy Consortium
Dr. Don Walter
South Carolina State University
NSBP has partnered with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) as well as a number of majority and minority-serving institutions to form the National Astronomy Consortium (NAC).  The inaugural meeting took place on September 27-28, 2013, at Howard University with support provided by NRAO, AUI and others.  NSBP President Paul Gueye, NRAO Scientist Kartik Sheth and John Mester from AUI serve as the NAC Leads along with a recently formed NAC Advisory Board and nearly thirty partner institutions from across the country. NAC’s mission is “to increase the numbers of students from underrepresented groups and those otherwise overlooked by the traditional academic pipeline into STEM or STEM-related careers.” 
The 2013 meeting led to the formation of NAC and several follow-up activities including four cohorts of undergraduates.  The first cohort attended the 2014 GRAD-MAP Winter Workshop held at the University of Maryland-College Park.  During the summer of 2014, NAC undergraduates held research internships in astronomy.  One cohort was based at NRAO in Charlottesville, one at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and one at NRAO in Socorro.  Students were recruited nationally from NAC member schools and other institutions. 
The second NAC meeting was held September 6-7, 2014, with Howard University again serving as host and funding support provided by NRAO, AUI and others.  A number of new faces joined many of those from the previous year.   The summer cohort students presented their research results along with talks by speakers from academia and government agencies.  Plans for the upcoming year include another summer internship program for undergraduates which will be announced in the future.  More information on NAC including contacts can be found at:
Caption:  Kartik Sheth (second from right) with NAC students attending the September 2014 NAC meeting.
Request for Collaboration: 2015 NSBE Space Technology Session
The Space Special Interest Group of the National Society of Black Engineers Professionals is inviting physicists of the National Society of Black Physicists to collaborate with us at the upcoming 2015 NSBE Space Technology Session (STS-2015), to be held January 15-19, 2015 at the Colorado School of Mines in the Denver, Colorado metro area.  STS-2015 is a fast-paced R&D development session, where participants are organized in small groups to conduct design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, or testing activities in support of NSBE space-related technical projects.
Specifically, we are seeking the assistance of physicists in our Macho Mengi Interferometry Testbed project.  Swahili for “many eyes,” Macho Mengi is a project intended to develop the technology to use interferometry to link a constellation of cubesat-based space telescopes and ground telescopes in order to image distant celestial objects.  Ultimate goals include detection of Near Earth Asteroids and extrasolar planets.  Current work is focused on understanding the technique of Intensity Correlated Interferometry (ICI). 
NSBP members are also welcome to participate in other NSBE space R&D projects at STS-2015, including projects related to human lunar rover design, Mars analogue mission development, wireless energy transfer, East African spaceport feasibility studies, and US human space flight policy recommendations.  NSBE membership is not required to participate.  We hope that some of these projects may introduce avenues for NSBP faculty members to pursue funded research opportunities via their academic institutions.
The NSBE Space SIG has as its goal to institutionalize space technology within the Black community.  We believe the time has come for Black scientific and technical societies to serve as incubators for the independent development of innovative space-related capabilities and we seek collaborative partnerships with NSBP and its members to help make this goal reality.  More details about the Space Technology Session are available at  For specific Macho Mengi questions, please contact project lead Michael McCullar at  For general Space SIG questions, please contact Space SIG director Dr. Robert Howard at
Robert L. Howard, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, NSBE Professionals Space Special Interest Group

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