Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold  




Acoustical Society of America


Acoustical Society of AmericaFrom the Society's inception in 1929, its members have been involved in the development of acoustical standards concerned with terminology, measurement procedures, and criteria for determining the effects of noise and vibration. A variety of fields related to sound are represented: Physics, Measurement Technologies and Instrumentation, Engineering, Robotics and Computer Sciences, Oceanography, Underwater Propagation, Biology, Physiology, Psychology, Architecture, Speech and Hearing, Music, Noise and Noise Control, Animal Bioacoustics, Structural Acoustics and Vibration. The Society is primarily a voluntary organization and attracts the interest, commitment, and service of a large number of professionals.


American Association of Physics Teachers

American Association of Physics TeachersAAPT's mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

When the organization was established in 1930, our goal was clear: "ensuring the dissemination of the knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching." As we move into our eighth decade, we remain committed to that core value, but with a new emphasis and meaning provided by our current mission statement.

Our vision is to be the leader in physics education. We are committed to providing the most current resources and up-to-date research needed to enhance a physics educator's professional development. The results are not only a deeper appreciation of the teaching profession, but most importantly, more enthusiastic involvement from their students.


American Institute of Physics

American Institute of PhysicsThe American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a 501(c)(3) membership corporation chartered in New York State in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare.

It is the mission of the Institute to serve physics, astronomy, and related fields of science and technology by serving its Member Societies and their associates, individual scientists, educators, R&D leaders, and the general public with programs, services and publications - Information that matters®.


American Physical Society

American Physical Society logoThe American Physical Society was founded on May 20, 1899, when 36 physicists gathered at Columbia University for that purpose. They proclaimed the mission of the new Society to be "to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics", and in one way or another the APS has been at that task ever since.

The American Physical Society represents actively its more than 45,000 members in the arena of national, international, and governmental affairs; publishes the world's most prestigious and widely-read physics research journals; conducts over 20 national, divisional and regional meetings every year; develops and implements effective programs in physics education and outreach; fosters the health of the profession through its career and development initiatives and its committees on women and minorities; informs its members of the latest developments through APS News, Physical Review Focus, and articles in Physics Today; communicates with the public and policymakers via the national media and a public web site, www.physicscentral.com; monitors the human rights of scientists around the globe; and recognizes professional accomplishment with a spectrum of prizes, awards and the election of APS Fellows.


American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning EngineersASHRAE will advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and related human factors to serve the evolving needs of the public and ASHRAE members.


Association of Science-Technology Centers

Association of Science-Technology CentersThe Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is an organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering the public understanding of science among increasingly diverse audiences. ASTC encourages excellence and innovation in informal science learning by serving and linking its members worldwide and advancing their common goals. ASTC provides professional development for the science center field, promotes best practices, supports effective communication, strengthens the position of science centers within the community at large, and fosters the creation of successful partnerships and collaborations.

Founded in 1973, ASTC now numbers more than 540 members in 40 countries. Science Center and Museum Members include not only science-technology centers and science museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, space theaters, and natural history and children's museums. Sustaining Members are companies that offer products and services to science museums, as well as other organizations that have an interest in informal science education.


Cryogenic Society of America

Cryogenic Socirty of America logoThe Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) is a non-profit technical society serving all those interested in any phase of cryogenics--the art and science of achieving extremely low temperatures.

The only full-time technical society and trade association concerned solely with cryogenics, we are THE organization for cryogenic engineering and all things related to the cryogenics industry.


National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions

National Alliance of State Science Mathematics Coalition The National Alliance of State Science and Mathematics Coalitions (NASSMC) is an umbrella organization for state coalitions of business, education and public policy leaders united for the improvement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for all students. NASSMC is a network of state coalitions and serves as the national advocate for the member organizations.


National High Magnetic Field Laboratory


National High MAgnetic Field Laboratory

The NHMFL develops and operates state-of-the-art high magnetic field facilities that faculty and visiting scientists and engineers use for research in physics, biology, bioengineering, chemistry, geochemistry, biochemistry, and materials science. The laboratory is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida and is the only facility of its kind in the United States. It is the largest and highest powered magnet laboratory in the world, outfitted with the world's most comprehensive assortment of and highest performing magnet systems.

Many of the unique facilities were designed, developed, and built by the world's premier magnet engineering and design team of the NHMFL in collaboration with industry partners. The laboratory also is strongly committed to educating and developing the next generation of scientists, engineers, and public leaders in science and technology. By capitalizing on the unique resources of the laboratory, the NHMFL can offer a wide array of learning and mentoring experiences for students and teachers in K-12.

NHMFL's web site features the Magnet Academy, a place for people curious about the Mag Lab, but intimidated by the hard science. With titles such as “Superconductivity:Current in a Cape and Thermal Tights,” and “Cryogenics for English Majors,” the Web site hopes to bring even more people into the scientific fold.


Optical Society of America


Optical Society of AmericaThe mission of OSA is to promote the generation, application and archiving of knowledge in optics and photonics and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide.  The Optical Society of America is edicated to providing its members and the scientific community with educational resources that support technical and professional development.

Founded in 1916, the Optical Society of America (OSA) was organized to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics, pure and applied; to promote the common interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds; and to encourage cooperation among them.


Sigma Pi Sigma - The National Physics Honor Society

Sigma Pi Sigma LogoSigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma’s mission is not completed in the induction ceremony with the recognition of academic accomplishment. In the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship, the mission of Sigma Pi Sigma takes a longer view.Founded in 1921, Sigma Pi Sigma is a member honor society of the Association of College Honor Societies. Our society has some 75,000 historical members. Election to Sigma Pi Sigma is a lifetime membership.


Society of Physics Students

Society of Physics StudentsThe Society of Physics Students (SPS) is a professional association explicitly designed for students and their mentors. Membership is open to anyone interested in physics, and most members are affiliated withlocal collegiate chapters. In addition to physics majors, our members include majors in chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, and other fields, as well as high school students and faculty mentors.

Within the SPS, Sigma Pi Sigma, a nationally recognized scholastic honor society, elects members on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. This two-in-one Society operates within the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

USA TODAY Education

USA TODAY Education logoThe goal of USA TODAY Education is to offer young people a better understanding of the people, places and events that impact their lives. It works with teachers, students and parents to provide relevant and timely resources for learning.



Department of Energy, Office of Science

Department of Energy, Office of Science Logo DOE's Office of Science, the single largest supporter in the nation of basic research in the physical sciences, ensures U.S. world leadership across a broad range of scientific disciplines, including materials sciences, chemistry, and other basic energy sciences; advanced scientific computing research; biological and environmental research; fusion energy sciences; and high energy and nuclear physics. It also supports unique and vital parts of U.S. research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences, and workforce development. The Office of Science supports researchers at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide, it manages 10 world-class national laboratories with unmatched capabilities for solving complex interdisciplinary problems, and it builds and operates some of the nation's most advanced R&D user facilities, located at national laboratories and universities. These facilities are used by more than 19,000 researchers from universities, other government agencies, and private industry each year.


National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Institute of Standards and Technology LogoFounded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST carries out its mission in four cooperative programs: the NIST Laboratories, the Baldrige National Quality Program, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Advanced Technology Program.


National Science Teachers Association

National Science Teachers Association logoThe National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership of more than 55,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.


Absolute Zero Campaign Update

All Absolute Zero National Partners should have received the most recent Campaign Update via email. If not, you can download or view it here:

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Absolute Zero Promotional Flyer

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Partnership Program and Outreach Campaign

The Absolute Zero Outreach Campaign is supported by an ever-expanding group of active, enthusiastic National Partners representing scientific, educational, governmental, and professional organizations -- all of whom share in the adventure of studying the cold and getting ever closer to absolute zero.

These national organizations support the campaign’s goals in helping to educate the public, teachers and students (our physicists of the future!!) about the importance of low-temperature physics.

Partners play a crucial role in bringing the excitement of Absolute Zero to their constituents, members and colleagues. And across the globe, Partners will help tell the story of Absolute Zero through activities for students in science centers, museums, schools and community centers.

We invite you to visit the Partner’s Web sites (at left) to find out more.



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