Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University hosted the 2002 Conference of National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the National Conference of Black Physics Students (NCBPS)

on March 13-17, 2002



Alabama A&M University successfully hosted the 2002 Conference of National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the National Conference of Black Physics Students (NCBPS) on March 13-17, 2002 in Huntsville, Alabama. The Huntsville Marriott served as the headquarters of the event. This was the annual joint meeting of NSBP and NCBPS. In 2001 the Stanford University in Palo Alto hosted the joint meeting. The conference participants were greeted by Mayor Loretta Spencer, Mayor of the City of Huntsville, Mr. Brian Hilson, President of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce, Dr. John T. Gibson, President of AAMU, Dr. James Hicks, Provost/VP for Academic Affairs at AAMU, Dr. Dorothy Huston, VP for Research and Development, Dr. Jerry Shipman, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Manmohan Aggarwal, Chairman, Department of Physics at AAMU, and Dr. Ravindra B. Lal, University Eminent Scholar and Professor of Physics. Drs. Ravindra B. Lal and Dorothy Huston were the co-chairs of the conference organizing committee.  The various committees of the joint conference included members of the physics facility, staff, undergraduate and graduate students.


The annual conference of NSBP and NCBPS brought together over 400 African-American and other physics students and professionals from throughout the United States. Scientists devoted one day during the conference to joint sessions of NSBP and NCBPS with technical talks from universities and national laboratories. The theme of the NCBPS was Physics "Science that Unlocks the Secrets of Nature".


The NSBP conference held sessions of scientific presentations, including memorial tribute sessions for four prominent physicists who passed away in 2001-2002: Drs. Warren E. Henry, Harry Lee Morrison, Alexander B. Gardner, Sr., and Arthur B. Walker. The technical session topics included, Space Physics, Materials science in Microgravity, Optics/lasers, Astrophysics, Education and Public policy.


The NCBPS held many workshops on Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Physics Education as a Platform to Success, Fellowship Opportunities, Physicists and the Black Community. NCBPS students made oral and poster presentations on their scientific research. One-half day of the conference was devoted to a recruiting session, where over 50 industrial companies, universities and national laboratories set up their recruiting booths.


The keynote speakers at various occasions included: Mr. Arthur Stephenson, Director, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Gen. James Link (Retd), President, Teledyne Brown Engineering Company, Dr. Keith Jackson, President, NSBP, and Mr. Michael Dyson, DePaul University.


The joint conference was sponsored by Alabama A&M University, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Department of Energy, Office of Science, Lawrence Berkley Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Goddard Space Flight Center and George C. Marshall Space Flight Center), National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Society of Black Physicists, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Office of Naval Research, Science and Engineering Alliance, Teledyne Brown Engineering Company, US Army Aviation and Missile Command, and Wright Patterson Air Force Materials Laboratory.


THE DANI Group, headed by Ms. Delores A. Nunnally, from Oakland, California was the conference planners.


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