Royal Society of Edinburgh elects Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

By Jordan Ogg. Published on 19 December 2014 in:
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The outstanding astrophysicist and prominent science communicator Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE, MRIA is the new President-elect of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The election follows a ballot of all RSE Fellows which saw an overwhelming response in favour of her nomination. She succeeds Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA, PRSE, since October.
Professor Dame Jocelyn is best known for discovering pulsars, one of the most significant scientific achievements of the twentieth century. These rapidly spinning neutron stars are formed in supernova explosions, the phenomena which …

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EPS Council 2014

By David Lee. Published on 26 May 2014 in:
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The Council of the European Physical Society met at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy on 4-5 April 2014. Over the two day meeting, Council delegates listened to presentations summarising the activity of the EPS in 2013, as well as programmed activities in 2014 and beyond.

The highlights of EPS activity for 2013 are available in the Annual Report, which is available on the EPS website.

In particular, EPS Council elected the incoming members of the Executive Committee. The EPS would like to…

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Frances Saunders is the new IOP president

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 November 2013 in:
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Dr. Frances Saunders took up her position as president of the Institute of Physics [IOP] on 1 October 2013, succeeding Sir Peter Knight. Dr Frances Saunders is the second female president of the IOP, after Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell (2008-2010, and 2011 ad interim). She will serve as IOP president until 30 September 2015.

F. Saunders is a research scientist in liquid crystal devices at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. She was Policy officer at the former Office of Science and Technology. From 2007 to 2012, she was the first female chief executive…

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