Aspen Center for Physics

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Aspen Center for Physics
The Aspen Center for Physics.jpg
Founder(s) George Stranahan,
Michael Cohen
Robert Craig
Established 1962
Focus Physics
President Karin Rabe
Chairman Charles Stevens
Location Aspen, Colorado, United States
Website http://www.aspenphys.org/

The Aspen Center for Physics is a non-profit Center for research in Physics based in Aspen, Colorado.[1] The Center organizes workshops and conferences to facilitate interactions among research physicists.[2]

The center was founded in 1962 by physicist and once-brewery owner George Stranahan together with University of Pennsylvania professor Michael Cohen and Robert W. Craig, the then-director of the Aspen Institute. In 1957, while working on his doctoral dissertation, Stranahan lived in the city of Aspen where he enjoyed the mountainous surroundings and fishing, and was motivated to establish the center as a retreat for physicists.[3]

PROGRAM

During the Summer Program, mid–May to mid–September, the Center provides individual researchers and small working groups with double offices and campus activities for over 500 leading scientists per summer. Ten to thirteen informal workshops of two– to five–weeks in the areas of biophysics, astrophysics and cosmology, particle physics, and condensed matter physics are also scheduled, but the most important aspect of attendance is the cross–fertilization of ideas that spontaneously arises during one–on–one conversations and across fields. [4]Participants include post–doctoral fellows, professors, researchers and experimentalists. More than fifty of the Nobel Prize recipients in physics have participated in Aspen. [5] Housing expenses are partially underwritten by the National Science Foundation. Families often accompany participants.

The Winter Conferences in January, February and March consist of specific and intensive week long conferences. Each week, fifty to a hundred participants meet daily for talks at the Center, share a block of hotel rooms and eat meals together, totally immersing in the subject of study.

OUTREACH

The Center offers free public lectures during both summer and winter sessions, bringing cutting–edge research to the interested non–scientist. With the Aspen Science Center, the Aspen Center for Physics also hosts summer barbecues for local and visiting youth who come with their families to picnic and hear an entertaining and informative physics talk. The Physics Cafe held before the winter lectures offers students and adults an opportunity to talk informally with physicists. [6] The Center also hosts conversational dialogues, conducts interviews on local access television (Grassrootstv.org “Physics Preview”) and radio (″Radio Physics″ with high school students on KDNK), offers opportunities for high school physics students to engage with participants, and provides a science resource for schools and youth organizations. [7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Overbye, Dennis (August 28, 2001). "In Aspen, Physics on a High Plane". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Aspen Center for Physics. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Agar, Charles (May 27, 2007). "Physics (and a little fishin')". Aspen Times. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aspen Physics Turns 50". Nature. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Science for Science's Sake". Aspen Daily News. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Get Smart". The Aspen Times. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Informing the Public". Aspen Center for Physics. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

Coordinates: 39°11′53″N 106°49′44″W / 39.19806°N 106.82889°W / 39.19806; -106.82889