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The 2006 Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists

By Moogega Cooper, SPS Reporter, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

 
Hampton University Conference Attendees.  

This year, the Joint Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSPB) and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) was located in the beautiful San Jose, California. There were on average six hundred students present, including over fifteen Hampton University Students. The conference was filled with intriguing presentations from students, professors, and professionals. One of my favorite presentations was made by Maria Cecire from the University of Chicago and Ken Cecire from Hampton University. Their presentation was entitled “Momentum: Math and Science Teachers in Zambia” and featured a documentary produced by student film maker Maria Cecire. Two Hampton University students were also present in Zambia, Peter Muhoro and Kristie Lee. These students were among the math and science teachers conducting workshops for US and Zambian secondary school teachers in Zambia.

 
Hampton University Conference Attendees.  

A noteworthy presentation was made by Dr. Keith H. Jackson, outgoing President of the National Society of Black Physicists. His presentation addressed the question "What is the role of an African-American Professional Organization?" Dr. Jackson stated the goals of the NSBP, one of which is promote networking among African American Physicists and students of Physics. To achieve these goals, Dr. Jackson listed several steps including the ability to host meetings in cities with large African American and Hispanic populations and formalize the GRE preparation course for students. Dr. Jackson also highlighted the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) and science careers, stating that HBCU's granted 445 of all bachelor's degrees in the sciences that were awarded to African-Americans. Overall, Dr. Jackson's presentation was both informative and motivational, urging the audience to become a fit example for the next generation.

 
Hampton University Conference Attendees.  

Also presenting were Fred Jerome and Rodger Taylor, co-authors of Einstein on Race and Racism. I had the honor of listening to the over decades worth of research culminated by the two authors. This is a side of Einstein rarely discussed and is certainly worth greater inquisition.

In addition to intriguing lectures, there were other optional activities. Students had the option to tour SLAC, IBM Almaden, and the Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Moreover, many students, including myself, were able to journey north to San Francisco. By train, it was an hour and forty-five minute ride. I saw all of the typical tourist spots, took a trolley, but was unable to find Rice-a-Roni®.

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