Bill Gary Chosen to be Publications Committee Chair at CMS

Bill Gary, a professor of physics and astronomy, has been selected to be the Publications Committee Chair of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at the Large Hadron Collider accelerator at CERN.  Starting Sept. 1, as chair of the CMS Publications Committee, Gary will oversee all the publications (about 130 per year) from the experiment from nearly 2500 participating physicists.

The CMS Publications Committee is made up of seven boards, one for each major area in physics.  Each board has a chair and about 10 members.  Gary is currently the chair of the supersymmetry “SUS” publication board.  He will now become the overall chair of the committee.  The new appointment, which recognizes Gary’s contributions and success as chair of the supersymmetry publication board, is for two years.

The Publications Committee chair is one of the most visible positions within the 2500-person collaboration.  This chair appoints all internal review committees, oversees the collaboration-wide reviews and final readings of all papers, approves all journal submissions and interactions with journal referees, and works closely with the physics coordination and spokesperson on issues regarding publications.  It requires someone with good editorial, organizational, and personal skills, and good judgment.  The PubComm chair appoints all the board chairs and PubComm board members.

Gary is the first UC Riverside faculty member – and the first person from an American institute – to hold this “level-1” CMS appointment.

“This is an enormous honor for me because it is a very visible and prestigious job within CMS,” Gary said, “and because of its importance to the experiment.  It comes at the beginning of the LHC Run 2, for which the proton-proton collision energy has been nearly doubled to 13 TeV and from which we expect many important publications in the next two years, which will therefore be under my purview.”

Nalo Hopkinson on Publishers Weekly Fall Top 10 List

Nalo Hopkinson’s forthcoming book “Falling in Love with Hominids” (Tachyon, August 2015) made Publishers Weekly’s Fall Top 10 list for science fiction, fantasy and horror.

“At long last, many of Hopkinson’s out-of-print short stories will be collected in this volume, along with one original tale, to delight fans of her folklore-inspired fantasy,” Publishers Weekly said.

Hopkinson’s “singular, vivid tales, which mix the modern with Afro-Caribbean folklore, are occupied by creatures unpredictable and strange: chickens that breathe fire, adults who eat children, and spirits that haunt shopping malls,” according to Tachyon.

David Swanson to Address Aging in Latin America

David Swanson

David Swanson

Sociology professor David A. Swanson also has been invited to address a session on the Western Hemisphere at an analytic exchange co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the National Intelligence Council on July 17 in Arlington, Va. The “exchange” topic is “Demographic Change and Mobility in Aging Regions to 2035: Exploring Uncertainties.”

The sociologist will discuss incremental aging in Latin America and the implications for migration to the U.S., likely trends in labor migration within Latin America, and the implications of a younger population on migration to the U.S.

The State Department bureau sponsors analytic exchanges to facilitate the sharing of expertise and ideas between outside experts and government officials, leading to a more informed policy process and better analysis. The program provides a key link between the department and the foreign affairs academic, business and NGO communities, according to the State Department.

Swanson also was a plenary speaker at the 8th International Conference of Population Geographies, which was held July 1-3 at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His topic was “Advances in Applied Demography.” Swanson also chaired a session on population forecasting.

The conference, which has been held every two years since the inaugural event in 2001, is considered to be one of the foremost international gatherings of population geographers and spatial demographers.

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