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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's National Society of Black Physicists 2020 Conference, co-hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory on November 5-8, 2020, will also be virtual!  Additional funding for this year's virtual conference will be provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The theme for this year's conference is "Achieving the Vision: From First Principles to the Future."

Registration for the 2020 NSBP Conference is closed.

Conference Keynote and Plenary Speakers

  • Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan (NSF Director)
  • Dr. Larry Gladney
  • Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins
  • Mr. Jared Crooks
  • Dr. Lisa Dyson
  • Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan (NSF Director)

    The Honorable Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

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  • Dr. Larry Gladney

    Dr. Larry Gladney is currently the Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development and Professor of Physics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University.

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  • Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins

    Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and Interim Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Rowan University.

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  • Mr. Jared Crooks

    Jared Crooks is the Manager of Science Investments at Schmidt Futures where he develops the strategy for supporting innovative scientific research, technologies and people to address pressing issues and advance cutting-edge programs.

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  • Dr. Lisa Dyson

    Dr. Lisa Dyson the Founder and CEO of Air Protein where they are reinventing how food is produced in order to sustainably feed 10 billion people by 2050. At Air Protein, they're making meat from elements of the air. She is also the founder and CEO of Kiverdi. Kiverdi is a biotechnology company that is working with companies to make the circular economy a reality by remaking supply chains to manufacture goods using CO2.

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The NSBP acknowledges the contributions and impact of Carol Davis on Black Physicists and the broad physics enterprise.  Serving 50 years in administrative roles in the Harvard University Physics Department, Carol provided invaluable support to students, faculty and staff.  From a smile or words of encouragement, staffing a booth at the NSBP conference or career guidance, support and advocacy, Carol has a boundless commitment to the success of the physics enterprise and Black Physicists.   Her compassion, caring, kindness and sincerely dedicated commitment to the success of students, and in particular black students, resoundingly resonates in our community.  Please join us in thanking Carol for her exceptional commitment and service. We wish her a well-deserved and rich retirement. For more information, go to  (https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/davisfifty/home)