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“A leading academic and researcher, Professor Chetty brings with him a range of skills in the higher education sector and a profound understanding of the national research system, which will be invaluable to the University. On behalf of the Wits community, I would like to welcome Professor Chetty to the institution and wish him well as he leads the nine schools that make up the Faculty of Science. This will enable Wits to continue to produce the high level scarce skills required to move South Africa forward,” says Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University.

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From using supercomputers to peer into the data behind gun violence and mental health to simulating cosmic star mergers, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a long-standing history of transcending traditional borders of academic research. In line with this tradition, NCSA students from our SPIN, REU-INCLUSION and Design for America programs are offered the opportunity to participate in the Fiddler Innovation Undergraduate Fellowship.

This year's class of undergraduate Fiddler Fellows includes 12 students from a variety of disciplines, spanning from architecture to engineering and even the humanities. Fiddler Innovation Graduate Student Fellowship Awards were also presented to three graduate students, and the Fiddler Innovation Faculty Fellowship was awarded to five faculty members.

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EDITORS' SUGGESTION: "Single-parameter scaling in the magnetoresistance of optimally doped La2xSrxCuO4"

Single-parameter scaling is a heralded consequence of criticality. In magnetotransport, however, the electron mobility typically couples to magnetic field and produces a form of single-parameter scaling in noncritical systems. Here, the authors examine recent magnetoresistance data on thin film La2−xSrxCuO4 and find that, unlike the case of the quantum critical iron superconductors, single-parameter scaling ceases in conjunction with the breakdown of a classical disorder description for the magnetoresistance at the lowest temperatures. This call into question the relationship between material inhomogeneity and critical scaling in cuprates.

Christian Boyd and Philip W. Phillips
Phys. Rev. B 100, 155139 (2019)

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#90  The former U.S. national team gymnast is now making a difference in the physics lab at the University of Illinois. Through her work and presence, she helps to fill the pipeline of women and minorities who pursue physics.

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The Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation (PAG) will identify and suggest to the decadal survey committee a prioritized program of federal investment in research activities exploring areas at the interface of physics and astronomy such as gravitational radiation, TeV gamma-ray astronomy, and free-flying space missions testing fundamental gravitational physics. Nicolas Yunes is a professor of physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously he was an associate professor of physics and one of the founding directors of the eXtreme Gravity Institute at Montana State University. Key areas of research have included gravitational wave theory, modeling and data analysis with ground- and space-based detectors, black hole and neutron star theory, and tests of general relativity with gravitational waves, binary pulsars, and solar system observations. He has received the Young Scientist Prize of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation, the NASA Einstein Fellowship, and the Juergen Ehlers Thesis Prize from the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. He is an editor of Classical and Quantum Gravity. He received a Ph.D. in physics from the Pennsylvania State University. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.

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“We deeply appreciate Gary Kelly’s generosity and his investment in our department’s core missions of research, teaching, and outreach,” comments Head of Department and Professor Matthias Grosse Perdekamp. “Unrestricted funds such as these are applied where they will make the greatest impact. Through his generosity, Gary Kelly’s legacy at Illinois will include his support of important new opportunities directly in line with our core missions. A large portion of Gary’s gift will support the research of exceptional women faculty early in their careers, enabling Illinois Physics to attract and retain promising women physicists.”

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