Uncut magazine, trademarked as UNCUT, is a monthly publication based in London. It is available across the English-speaking world, focuses on music, but includes film and books sections. A DVD magazine under the Uncut brand was published quarterly from 2005 to 2006. Uncut was launched in May 1997 by IPC as "a monthly magazine aimed at 25- to 45-year-old men that focuses on music and movies", edited by Allan Jones. Jones has stated that "he idea for Uncut came from my own disenchantment about what I was doing with Melody Maker. There was a publishing initiative to make the audience younger. According to IPC Media, 86% of the magazine's readers are male and their average age is 37 years. Uncut's contents include lengthy features on old albums, interviews with film directors and film news, reviews of all major new album, film and DVD releases, its music features tend to focus on genres such as Americana and alternative country. Each month the magazine includes a free CD. Special Issues have covered U2, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, the Byrds, David Bowie, Demon Records, Eric Clapton, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Martin Scorsese, Motown Records, George Harrison, Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, the Beatles, Elvis Costello, the Kinks, Fleetwood Mac and more.
Uncut underwent a radical redesign in May 2006, as a result of which the magazine no longer catered for books and reduced its film content. Allan Jones writes a regular monthly column, recounting stories from his long career in music journalism. Uncut's monthly circulation dropped from over 90,000 in 2007 to 47,890 in the second half of 2015. In 2019, TI Media, successor to IPC, sold Uncut to Singaporan company Bandlab Technologies. Uncut produces themed spin-off titles celebrating the career of one artist; this series has been known as Uncut Legends. Artists who have so far had magazines devoted to them include Radiohead, Kurt Cobain, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and John Lennon; the Lennon magazine was produced to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of the former Beatle. The majority of these titles have been produced by magazine editor Chris Hunt; the series started in 2003 with an inaugural issue devoted to Bob Dylan, edited by Nigel Williamson. In 2008, Uncut launched its inaugural Uncut Music Award.
A list of 25 nominees is selected by a panel of 10 judges, who are all musicians or music industry professionals, they come together to decide a winner. Past winners have included Fleet Foxes, Paul Weller and P. J. Harvey. In late 2005, editor Allan Jones and publishing director Andrew Sumner launched a spin-off of the main movies and music magazine, that focused its attention on DVD releases of classic movies. Billed as "the only great movie magazine", Uncut DVD was designed to compete with such established titles as Ultimate DVD, DVD Review and DVD Monthly. Despite strong reviews in the UK trade press, Uncut DVD folded after three quarterly issues
Petra Rudolf is a German and Italian solid state physicist. As of 2019, Rudolf is a Professor at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Netherlands. Born in Munich, Rudolf moved to Italy to complete high school and to receive her MSc degree in physics at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Following, she worked at the National Surface Science Laboratory in Trieste for five years, interrupted two times to work on the newly discovered fullerenes at Bell Labs, USA. In 1995, she received her PhD in physics under the supervision of Roland Caudano at Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Belgium. After several research positions in Namur, she became professor in Experimental Solid State Physics at the University of Groningen in 2003. In addition to her research, Rudolf has been active in spreading knowledge on how unconscious biases impact careers in science, how to mitigate that influence through advocating positive action programs. Efforts by Rudolf and colleagues have been pivotal in installing the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship program at University of Groningen, recognized by the 2018 Diversity Award from The Netherlands Physics Association.
Petra Rudolf's research focuses on surface physics of organic thin films, molecular motors, nanocomposites, as well as 2D materials, to gain a better understanding of the physical phenomena that they display and for potential technological innovations. Rudolf's expertise has been on the application of various surface sensitive spectroscopic measurement techniques to study the various materials systems. While these techniques have been used by Rudolf and her group to study a wide variety of materials, Rudolf has always maintained a special interest in graphene-based materials and, more also in 2D materials. Graphene-based materials have great potential in revolutionizing today's electronics industry and making it more sustainable, Rudolf's lab has contributed to finding better ways to produce 2D materials. More Rudolf has been devoted to developing pillared graphene materials for spintronics and hydrogen storage applications, her interests span much further than carbon-based materials however, with recent successes with germanane-based and other materials which show promising devices and catalysis applications.
As of 2019, Rudolf's work on synthetic molecular switches and molecular machines for the production of functional surfaces, in collaboration with renowned colleagues, such as Ben Feringa, is ongoing. Petra Rudolf is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, awarded "for explorations of fullerenes, nanotubes and graphene, as well as light-driven synthetic molecular motors", she is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and an honorary member of the Italian and the Dutch Physical Society. In 2007, Rudolf and her research group was one of the winners of the EU Descartes Prize for their work on molecular machines, as part of the SynNanoMotor consortium, a collaborative partnership of researchers from countries including France and Scotland; this work was pivotal in building early synthetic nanomachines. In 2013, Rudolf received the royal decoration and was appointed Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau. In 2016 Rudolf was elected Member of the German National Academy of Engineering. After her appointment as President of the Belgian Physical Society from 2000 to 2001, Rudolf was elected as the next President of the European Physical Society in 2018
Pacific Crest Community School is a private alternative school in Portland, United States. The school has been accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission since 1995; the school was founded by four teachers from West Linn High School, who decided that there had to be a better way to educate kids. The inspiration for the school came one day in 1990 when co-founders Dan Calzaretta and Becky Lukens were having lunch, they both agreed. The idea for Pacific Crest was thus born. Becky's student teacher, Jenny Osborne, was intrigued by the idea, is one of the co-founders of Pacific Crest. Robert Schlichting a science teacher at West Linn was interested, joined as a co-founder, as did Bill Ballas, a friend of Dan's, teaching in Japan at the time