News archive 2000

01 Dec 2000

ELETTRA AND ECONOMICS

The Eighth Elettra Users' Meeting and Satellite Workshop, "Challenges of Crystallography of Macromolecular Assemblies," will take place at the ICTP from 4 to 6 December 2000. Some 150 participants, from universities, research centres, laboratories and the private sector, will discuss present and future uses ...

01 Dec 2000

IN PRINT

Former ICTP Diploma student, Saw Wai Hla, now with the Free University of Berlin, Germany, has received widespread media attention following the publication of his article (coauthored with L. Bartels, G. Meyer and K.H. Rieder), "Inducing All Steps of a Chemical Reaction with the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope Tip...

01 Nov 2000

IN MEMORIAM: JEAN HEIDMANN 1923-2000

French-born astronomer Jean Heidmann, an enthusiastic supporter of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), died on 3 July. He began his career at Cornell University, USA, conducting research on cosmic rays. He then moved to the Paris Observatory, Meudon, France, to pursue his interests in radioastronomy. ...

01 Nov 2000

DIRAC MEDALLISTS' MEETING

On 4-5 November, the ICTP will hold the 15th Anniversary Meeting of Dirac Medallists. The meeting, which will take place in the Main Lecture Hall, will include presentations from 14 Dirac Medal winners, including two of the three most recent recipients, Jogesh Pati, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, and ...

01 Nov 2000

NOBEL CHEMISTRY CONNECTIONS

Nobel Laureate Paul J. Crutzen (Chemistry 1995), who recently stepped down as the director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, gave a special seminar at the ICTP on 25 October. Sponsored by the ICTP Physics of Weather and Climate Group, Crutzen's presentation examined how pollution in the tropics, caused by bio...

01 Oct 2000

IN MEMORIAM: ANTONIO RUBERTI 1927-2000

Antonio Ruberti, a well-known scientist, engineer, and statesman, died in Rome on 4 September. As Italian Minister for Scientific Research from 1987 to 1992, and European Commissioner from 1992 to 1994, he strongly supported ICTP, SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies), and the Elettra synchrotron facility....

01 Oct 2000

STRING SCHOOL IN MEXICO

Some 100 participants will attend the ICTP Latin American String School to be held in Mexico City from 9-27 October. Subtitled "From the Very Basics to the Frontiers of Research," the activity is being hosted locally by the Mexican Academy of Sciences El Colegio Nacional. Lecturers include ICTP staff scienti...

01 Oct 2000

LIFE ON MARS? YES, NO, MAYBE

Did life begin virtually simultaneously on Earth and Mars some 3.5 billion years ago? That hypothesis, first aired at a press conference held by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the USA in August 1996, served as the main point of discussion at a public lecture by J. William Schopf, professor...

01 Oct 2000

IN SCIENCE AND NATURE

Several ICTP scientists have received notice in Science and Nature. Filippo Giorgi, head, and Raquel Francisco, staff scientist, ICTP's Weather and Climate Group, were recently quoted in a Science news article (23 June 2000, p. 2113) that discusses the findings of the U.S. government report, "Climate Change Impac...