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Anacapa meeting I missed

Posted by Arjendu on September 1, 2009

A report from Ian Durham in the “Quantum Times” (the newsreport from the APS Topical Group on Quantum Information)  on the Anacapa Society meeting I had to unfortunately miss:

Theorists gather; no one injured

A relatively new society, dedicated to theoretical and computational physicists at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), held its first workshop recently at Amherst College in central Massachusetts.  The Anacapa Society grew out of discussions among several KITP Scholars at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  The society’s mission is to promotes research in all areas of theoretical and computational physics at primarily undergraduate institutions. The Society facilitates professional contacts and collaboration, and supports the distinctive role theorists at undergraduate institutions can play in physics, the intellectual community, and the broader world.

While not strictly devoted to quantum information or quantum foundations, roughly one-third of workshop participants have, in some way, worked in these or related areas.  Participants included Bill Wootters (Williams), Lea Dos Santos (Yeshiva), Elizabeth Behrman (Wichita State), Peter Love (Haverford), Ian Durham (Saint Anselm), Don Spector (Hobart & William Smith), and the effervescent Herb Bernstein (Hampshire), among others. Despite the sweltering heat, the workshop was a definite success, particularly considering no one got seriously lost and no one blew anything up (a local experimentalist was on hand to make sure participants didn’t randomly press any buttons).

Further information on the society may be found at its website, http://anacapasociety.org/. -ITD

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