Españoles en Stanford explican el éxito del mejor campus de EEUU

El profesor de Stanford Eric A. Hanushek, pionero de la economía de la educación y especialista en evaluar la calidad educativa de los distintos países, explica a EL MUNDO que, «en un contexto donde todas las universidades estadounidenses compiten muy activamente por ser las mejores», la suya «se ha dado cuenta de que, si no se centra todo el rato en la calidad, se quedará atrás».

«Stanford tiene un modelo muy sencillo: contrata a buenos profesores y recompensa a los que hacen bien su trabajo. Esta calidad del profesorado atrae a muchos estudiantes, lo que permite seleccionar a los mejores. Como hay tan alto nivel en la docencia y en el alumnado, puede atraer muchos fondos para investigar y promover el talento, proporcionando todo tipo de recursos para mantener y mejorar la calidad».

More: http://www.elmundo.es/sociedad/2016/07/31/57928884ca4741122e8b4639.html

XII Quark Confinement and Hadron Spectrum

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Inaugurated in 1994 in Como, Italy, this series of conferences has become an important forum for scientists working on strong interactions, stimulating exchanges among theorists and experimentalists as well as across related fields.

The twelfth edition of this conference series will take place in Thessaloniki (Greece) from 29th August to 3rd September 2016 in Makedonia Palace conference centre. Thessaloniki, founded more than 2500 years ago in the north Greece, overlooking the gulf of Thermaikos, has always been a meeting point for people of different cultures. Today, a modern city with marks of the past, is an inspiring place welcoming international events and conferences.

This edition of the conference is dedicated to the memory of Michael Müller-Preußker. His scientific contribution will be remembered during the conference.

The conference will also include a variety of events addressing school children and general public as well as different cultural events open to the public.

The conference will be followed by a Workshop on “Accelerators Revealing the QCD Secrets” that will take place from 3rd to 5th September 2016 in Makedonia Palace conference centre.

 

How to Teach Scientific Imagination

Treating important concepts playfully, from Einstein to Richard Feynman to ‘Sim City’

In one of the most famous of his authentic quotes, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

This raises the interesting question of whether imagination—specifically, scientific imagination—can be taught. I can’t answer that definitively, but I can imagine some promising possibilities.

One way is to provide models. There are many books that convey accurate scientific knowledge, and many more for which scientific knowledge isn’t the point. The sweet spot between them is the place where important concepts are treated playfully…

More: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-teach-scientific-imagination-1464881401

Postdoctoral Fellowship available in Theoretical Quantum Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Physics in the group of the Director, David Hutchinson. The position will be based in the Department of Physics, University of Otago, Dunedin. The group’s theoretical research covers areas from ultracold atomic gases, especially two-dimensional systems, through to using techniques for open quantum systems to model exciton transport in photosynthetic complexes.

More: http://cerncourier.com/cws/job/J000009633

Professorship (W3) of Experimental Particle Physics

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) combines its three core tasks: research, higher education, and innovation within one mission. With about 9,400 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.

In Division V – Physics and Mathematics – the KIT Department of Physics invites applications for a
Professorship (W3) of Experimental Particle Physics

at the Institute of Experimental Nuclear Physics (IEKP). We are looking for outstanding candidates with a research focus on precision measurements at electron-positron colliders, especially on B physics, and on the development of software algorithms and detectors. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen and expand the existing and planned collaborative research efforts in the Belle II experiment in Tsukuba Japan, and for a future linear collider detector.

More: http://cerncourier.com/cws/job/J000009654

Juan Carlos Armenteros Carmona

fotoLicenciado en Física en la Universidad de Córdoba, continuó sus estudios realizando el máster de “Ingeniería Matemática” en la Facultad de Matemáticas de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Esto le abrió las puertas de un grupo de investigación en la E.T.S.I. de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, donde realizará la tesis doctoral. Esta experiencia laboral le permitió profundizar en el estudio de detectores de tipo pórtico para la monitorización de emisiones gamma y de neutrones, con aplicaciones en puertos, acerías y aduanas. Mientras contribuía en diversos convenios de colaboración, completó sus estudios con el máster de “Tratamiento estadístico-computacional de la información” en la E.T.S.I. de Telecomunicación de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid y el máster de “Física Nuclear” en la Facultad de Física de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ya en la última fase de su doctorado, fue seleccionado para una beca en el CERN en el grupo de protección radiológica, donde aplica su conocimiento del software de simulación Monte Carlo. Sus funciones son desarrollar estudios radiológicos de los experimentos del LHC (ALICE, ATLAS, LHCb y CMS) con vistas a los trabajos de mejora de YETS, LS2 y LS3; la optimización de los planes de trabajo de las intervenciones desde el punto de vista radiológico (tasas de dosis y niveles de activación); y la revisión de los modelos geométricos desarrollados en FLUKA.

Intereses en investigación: MODELIZACIÓN MEDIANTE MONTE CARLO (FLUKA), PROTECCIÓN RADIOLÓGICA, CONTROL DE TRÁFICO INCONTROLADO DE MUESTRAS RADIACTIVAS

Winter College on Optics 2017

The College will address fundamental and experimental aspects of advanced Microscopy, Spectroscopy and related techniques. The scope of the course is to promote new theoretical and experimental methods, concepts, instruments, measurement techniques and data analysis routines for both Laboratory and industrial applications to train students and scientists, as well as to coordinate international activities and collaborations in this area. By focusing on both theory and applications, the College will also provide an interesting intersection of emerging techniques and experimental methods with theoretical advances in the field. The lectures will focus on a variety of topics related to biological applications, environmental research and material characterization. Hands-on sessions will be organized every day of the college in the ICTP laboratories accompanied by library documentation finalized with round-table discussion.

 

More:

http://indico.ictp.it/event/7920/material/poster/0.pdf