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News, events and resources from the Drexel University Libraries relating to physics.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Why are there so few women in Physics?

"Women in Physics and Astronomy, 2005" a report sponsored by AIP.

One of the conclusions...
"Examination of the academic “pipeline” reveals that women disproportionately
leave physics between taking it in high school and earning a bachelor’s degree.
While almost half of high school physics students are girls, less that one-fourth
of bachelor’s degrees in physics are earned by women. After this initial “leak”
in the pipeline, women are represented at about the levels we would expect
based on degree production in the past. There appears to be no leak in
the pipeline at the faculty level in either physics or astronomy."

Check out the rest of the report at: http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/reports/women05.pdf

I was the only female physics major throughout my undergraduate education. Then I went into astronomy and now I am a librarian. I guess I leaked. Go figure...
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Monday, March 28, 2005


World Year of Physics 2005 Posted by Hello

Yes! This is the Year of Physics and a number of web sites are participating. Check out Quantum Diaries (http://interactions.org/quantumdiaries/) where 31 physicists from around the world submit their own blogs about themselves and their research

The official web site is: http://www.wyp2005.org/activities.html (Warning it loads slowly)
Related sites are:
FermiLab: http://www.fnal.gov/pub/now/wyop05.html
Sponsored by various physics societies: http://www.physics2005.org/ (Includes activities for teachers and students and links to related sites)
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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

IOP Has Joined the RSS Club!

Institute of Physics has made available RSS feeds for its collection of journals as well as by catagories. Check out your favorite physics journal or topics to keep up to date on.

http://syndication.iop.org/
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Tuesday, March 01, 2005

From my friend Bob Kelly at the American Physical Society...

The American Physical Society (APS) is now providing content awareness using Really Simple Syndication (RSS)feeds as a convenience to our readers. Journal feeds contain recently published articles in each journal andare updated as new articles are published. A list of all available feeds along with a FAQ can be found at
http://feeds.aps.org/ or by following the RSS link on journal home and Scitation pages.

As the web matures, researchers, students, publishers and librarians are seeking new ways of disseminating andsharing information. Technologies such a RSS, blogs and wiki’s are being experimented with and used for sharing and establishing communities.

We, along with the American Institute of Physics (AIP), are seeking ways to improve our offerings, to support the directions in which scientists are evolving their use of the web. This is a small step and there is the opportunity for future experiments.

Robert Kelly
Director - Journal Information Systems
The American Physical Society
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