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physicsfocus – getting to the heart of (the) matter

3 April 2013 | Source: physicsfocus

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is proud to announce the launch of a new blog, physicsfocus, and give all those interested in physics a chance to publicly participate in the discussions that are underway at the heart of the physics community.

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To be kick-started over the next week with inaugural blog posts from nine independent and high-profile contributors, the blog launches with three posts.

Jim presents the Physics Communicator Award to winner, Ben Still

There will be one each from professor, author and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili OBE (@jimalkhalili), another from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory researcher Suzie Sheehy (@suziesheehy) and another from Andy Newsam (@AstroAndyN), Professor of Astronomy Education and Engagement at Liverpool John Moores University.

In the first of his regular blog posts for physicsfocus, Striking a balance between science and communication, Jim reflects on his own journey into science communication and offers advice to physicists who wish to follow in his footsteps.

He writes, “My own journey into science communication was in a sense a series of happy accidents; a sequence of events in space-time, each sitting in the previous one’s light cone…..

“When I began my first tentative steps into physics outreach, all I was sure about was that I enjoyed the challenge of explaining hard concepts to a lay audience, whether they were school children, an audience at a public event or just a friend down the pub.”

If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on a physicist’s wall then Suzie Sheehy’s first blog post, A week in the life of a particle accelerator designer, which sheds light on the typical week of a practicing researcher, is a must-read.

Andy Newsam’s first blog post, Planck’s data is extraordinary but will it teach us anything new?, celebrates the achievement of the Planck satellite team’s recently released map of the early universe, while questioning whether it has really deepened our understanding of the cosmos.

Jim, Suzie and Andy will be joined over the next week on the blog by freelance science writer Jude Dineley (@judedineley), University of Cambridge Professor Athene Donald (@AtheneDonald), University of Leeds’ theoretical physicist Mike Evans (@PhysicsBloke), University of Nottingham’s Professor Philip Moriarty, physics teacher and writer Alom Shaha (@AlomShaha), and space historian Amy Shira Teitel (@astVintageSpace).   

With technology creating ever-greater opportunities for wider engagement and the recent increase in the public’s interest in physics, the Institute of Physics (IOP) introduces physicsfocus to host comment and analysis on a wide range of physics matters, from particles to policy, education to energy.

Kelly Oakes, Media Officer at IOP and editor of physicsfocus, says, “We hope that by bringing together these members of the physics community we can open a window on to life in physics and bring the issues that people working in the subject feel strongly about more into the open. If this inspires readers to contribute their thoughts too, and start a discussion, all the better.”

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