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Haramaya University Students win the 2015 EPS-NA award

Two junior Haramaya University students won the 2015 EPS-NA award. The awards were presented on Feb 20, 2015 during the EPS annual meeting which was held at Addis Ababa University.

EPS-NA Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Physics majors in Ethiopia

EPS-NA Successfully conducted the 2015-2016 award competition in Ethiopia in collaboration with EPS-Ethiopia. EPS-NA recognized the following 8 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students for the award. In addition to the certificate of recognition each winner was given prize money in the amount of $250.

  1. Under graduate junior:
    1. Chimdesa Gashu Feyisa, Jimma University
  2. Undergraduate senior:
    1. Eshetu Deribe, Haramaya University
    2. Endeshaw Negash, Haramaya University
    3. Mekbeb Tamrat, Addis Ababa University
    4. Debelo Mergo, Wellega University
    5. Kebede Shoglie Rikitu, Jimma University
    6. Meti Desalegn, Addis Ababa University
    7. Tena Muluken, Gonder University
  3. Graduate:
    1. Tamiru Negussie, Bahir Dar University
    2. Kinfe Tewoldebirhan, Addis Ababa University

Adjunct Professor positions at the University of the District of Columbia

The University of the District of Columbia and its Community College is seeking enthusiastic and qualified part-time instructors interested in teaching degree and non-degree level courses in-person and on the web (if qualified) in all academic disciplines. For more information click here. https://udc.applicantstack.com/x/detail/a2hbyxhkepxe

Unique merit-based graduate fellowships for permanent residents or naturalized citizens of the USA who are born abroad, as well as children of parents who are naturalized US citizens. It provides 2 years of tuition and living expenses up to $90K. You can get more information here: https://www.pdsoros.org/

Job opportunities from Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Unique merit-based graduate fellowships for permanent residents or naturalized citizens of the USA who are born abroad, as well as children of parents who are naturalized US citizens. It provides 2 years of tuition and living expenses up to $90K. You can get more information here: https://www.pdsoros.org/

2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Winners Announced

EPS-NA congratulates Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of canada, recipients of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics "determining that neutrinos have mass" a key piece of the puzzle in understanding the cosmos. 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Job opportunity:PHYSICS LABORATORY TECHNICIAN at Morgan State University

Job Description:Coordinate and perform the movement, storage, set-up, maintenance, repair of mechanical, electrical and electronic laboratory; demonstrate equipment for introductory Physics and Physical Science courses; assist faculty with the preparation of equipment for advanced lab courses; order new equipment and supplies as needed; train, schedule, and supervise student labs assistants; maintain and organize equipment inventory; work with faculty and staff to ensure smooth operation of Physics teaching and reach laboratories; assist in the development of new experiments; maintain a safe laboratory environment; and perform other duties as required. Apply to Professor Dereje Seifu; dereje.seifu@morgan.edu. For more information click here: http://jobs.physicstoday.org/jobs/7112071

Faculty Position in Physics at Morgan State University

The Morgan State University-Department of Physics is soliciting applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant Professor level starting August 2015. Detailed description of the job can be obtained here: http://http://jobs.physictoday.org/hr/jobdetail.cfm?job_id=6891837

EPS-NA 2014-15 Annual Report

EPS-NA continues to attract more members and in 2014-2015 had the highest number of members who paid their membership fees (25 members). In 2015, 13 members including four executive members met at The American Physical Society (APS) in San Antonio. Dr. Guebre Xabiher Tessema participated through Skype.

A group picture of the participants after the meeting.

Dr. Amy Flatten greeted the members and made some remarks. Prof. Herman Winick of Stanford University came to the meeting and introduced the plans for building an African Light Source and asked EPS-NA to help get Ethiopians be part of the Steering committee. The meeting focused on how to engage members to be more active in the organization. Some of the suggestions include:

- Enhance the web page and provide more information and solicit members with expertise and time in web design to help.

- More presence on social media and face book was recommended. We ask all members to join the EPS-NA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/epsna/.

- Encourage members to organize regional activities: Example mentioned was Dr. Guebre Xabiher Tessema participation in the Youth Mentoring program in Washington. Since it has been proven to be very challenging to organize a meeting for all members, meetings of regional representatives will help expand the activities of EPS in the US.

-Provide more opportunities to aspiring young Ethiopians in the US through networking with EPS Members.

- Declining enrollment of physics students in Physics departments in Ethiopia was raised as a concern and an opportunity for EPS-NA to get involved.

EPS-NA Award Program to Undergraduate and Graduate Physics majors in Ethiopia

EPS-NA Successfully conducted the 2014-2015 award competition in Ethiopia in collaboration with EPS-Ethiopia. EPS-NA recognized the following five undergraduate students and one graduate student for the 2014-15 EPS-NA awards.

  1. Under graduate junior:
    1. Yenesew Asradew Nibret, Debremarkos University
  2. Undergraduate senior:
    1. Jamal Assen Mohammed, Haramaya University
    2. Melese Nigussie Gonfa, Haramaya University
    3. Bayisa Dame Dekeba, Addis Ababa University
    4. Hailemichael Tekletsadik, Addis Ababa University
  3. Graduate:
    1. Yohannes Achenefe, Addis Ababa University

The competition was open to all physics departments in Ethiopia and the awards were given to more students outside AAU this year. The Executive Committee also decided to increase the amount of the award to $250 for each winner to have more impact on the lives of the winners.

In addition in 2014-15 EPS-NA received a request for a financial support from Mr. Shinie Shewangizaw. The support was needed to be able to pay the cost sharing to ministry of education in order to enroll in the Graduate program at AAU.

The EPS-NA- EC investigated the legitimacy of the request and received a strong letter of recommendation from Dr. Lemi. Mr. Shinie has the highest undergraduate GPA in his cohort. We believe Mr. Shinie Shewangizaw is a deserving student and has a strong potential to succeed. EPS-NA decided to make this one time award for $650 to help Mr. Shinie to enroll in the graduate program.

EPS-NA wanted to make sure the members also know who they are supporting and how membership fees are making a difference in the lives of Ethiopian Physicists in Ethiopia. We have therefore included (attached document) the profiles of each winner and their pictures and statements made by the winners.

We hope this profile will help you recognize the difference you are making in the lives of young needy Ethiopians who like us would like to succeed in life. So please send your membership fees and other donations to make more impact.

Profiles of the Awardees and their Statements

EPS-NA wanted to make sure the members also know who they are supporting and how membership fees are making a difference in the lives of Ethiopian Physicists in Ethiopia. We have therefore included below the profiles of each winner and their pictures and statements made by the winners.

YENESEW ASRADEW NIBRET- Undergraduate Junior - Debre Markos University

“I am from a humble background and my families are farmers. This award motivates me to work harder in my studies. I had passion and the talent in both physics and math in high school and decided to join the physics department at Debre Markos University”

JAMAL ASSEN MOHAMMED -Undergraduate Senior, Haramaya University

“I am from Wollo where my parents live in a low income farming. An award like this encouraged me to do more and work harder. It helps me to buy books and other materials I can use. This award encourages Ethiopians to study physics and be active in research to help solve social problems.”

MELESE NIGUSSIE GONFA- Undergraduate Senior -Haramaya University

“I grew up in Arsi with my parents in low income farming. This is the largest award I ever got and motivates me to work more and work harder. It also motivates more Ethiopians to study physics and work hard. This is a major event in my life and will not forget it.”

BAYISA DAME DEKEBA - Undergraduate Senior Addis Ababa University

“My parents are farmers in Arsi. The award motivates the interest that I have in physics, and opens the gate for my long term dream of being physicists, and lifts my moral to work harder. It creates new energy and stronger interest in pursuing physics”

HAILEMICHAEL TEKLETSADIK - Undergraduate Senior Addis Ababa University

“I am a son of famers from Northern Shoa. This award helps me to buy materials I need to conduct research for my senior project. This is indeed a great opportunity”

YOHANNES ACHENEFE- Graduate -Addis Ababa University

“I am from Debark, Gondar, where my family lives in farming. Because of this award I will be motivated to work harder in my research activities. The award also supplements the small research fund I was given by Addis Ababa University for dissertation writing and alleviate my financial burdens in my final semester.”


“Currently I teach in high school and I always miss the education environment in College. I am grateful that EPS-NA understands my desire to pursue my graduate study based on my application letter submitted to society. I would like to thank the Ethiopian physical society - North America for the financial support I got in order to pay off my cost sharing to the ministry of education. This clears my path to conduct my graduate program. I am very happy for this scholarship award” Recommendation by Dr. Lemi “He was a hard working and the best student, and based on his achievement in the aforementioned courses I found him at the top from out of forty students. Also, I know that he finished his undergraduate study with first rank in Physics Department with very great distinction, and narrowly missed the gold medal prize of the college. I have also noticed while instructing computational physics laboratory classes that he was a well mannered person of excellent spirit in team work.”

Assistant/Associate Professor of Physics position at North Carolina A & T

For more information click here: https://jobs.ncat.edu/postings/7386

Research opportunities for undergrads

Excellent summer research opportunity for undergraduates. The NCA&T Collaborative Earth System Science Research REU program is accepting applications for REU fellowships (residential) at North Carolina A&T State University for the summer of 2015. Please spread the word. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015. Details of the program and Application materials can be downloaded from here.

Similar Summer Internship opportunities for undergraduate students are also available at the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, University of Akron. Please spread the message to the undergraduates you may know and who could be interested in the positions. See the link for further information. http://www.uakron.edu/academics/reu-summer-internships.dot

2015 Conference of the National Sciety of Black Physicists

The 2015 Annual Conference of The National Society of Black Physicists will be held on February 25th–Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland.

Event Registration Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015

Hotel Reservation Deadline: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015

For more information click here.

2014 Nobel Prize in Physics Winners Announced

EPS-NA congratulates Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Science news from media:

Evidence of Gravitational Ripples

A paper published in Physical review Letters reports a detection of Gravitational waves for the first time.

Four Elements Added to the Periodic Table

The four elements (113,115,117,and 118) discoveries were made by groups from Russia, Japan and the US.

From a Million Miles Away, NASA Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth

A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last month.Click here to read more.

New Horizon Image Galleries.

NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft rendesvous with Pluto

Three billion miles from Earth and just two and a half million miles from Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has taken its best image of four dark... . Read.

The April 2015 edition of the Physics InSight slideshow is now available at:


The slideshow includes lots of colorful slides on diverse physics careers and topics. Material in this month's edition includes:

· Profiles of Brian Cox, particle physicist, television host, and “face of science” in the UK; Kathy McCormick, subject matter expert on radiation detection for US Customs and Border protection; SPS 2014 Intern Kearns Louis-Jean, who spent a summer developing science outreach kits for local middle schools; and Sam Wurzel, CEO and co-founder of his own web-based company, Octopart, Inc.

· Data highlighting skills and knowledge most commonly used by physics BS graduates in the private sector, and initial salary information for recently graduated Physics PhDs.

· Information about valuable career resources for students, including our online Professional Guidebook, APS Job Center, and APS Webinars.

· Information on devices such as the Geiger Counter and the ATLAS detector, as well as the exciting new research involving giant ink jets, and superhydrophobic materials!

A video version of each slideshow is now available on the download for those who are using non-Windows and non-Mac platforms. Simply right-click the button marked “Download MPEG-4” for the video version, and save it to the desired location.

Please send any questions, comments, or suggestions for physicists to feature in the slideshow to Crystal Bailey (bailey@aps.org).

University of Minnesota engineers make sound loud enough to bend light on a computer chip. The PI in the article published in nature communication is Semere Tadesse, an Ethiopian graduate student at the department of Physics and Astronomy.

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/26/2014)—During a thunderstorm, we all know that it is common to hear thunder after we see the lightning. That’s because sound travels much slower (768 miles per hour) than light (670,000,000 miles per hour).

Now, University of Minnesota engineering researchers have developed a chip on which both sound wave and light wave are generated and confined together so that the sound can very efficiently control the light. The novel device platform could improve wireless communications systems using optical fibers and ultimately be used for computation using quantum physics.

The research was recently published in Nature Communications, a leading research journal.

The University of Minnesota chip is made with a silicon base coated with a layer of aluminum nitride that conducts an electric change. Applying alternating electrical signal to the material causes the material to deform periodically and generate sound waves that grow on its surface, similar to earthquake waves that grow from the epicenter of the earthquake. The technology has been widely used in cell phones and other wireless devices as microwave filters.

“Our breakthrough is to integrate optical circuits in the same layer of material with acoustic devices in order to attain extreme strong interaction between light and sound waves,” said Mo Li, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the lead researcher of the study.

The researchers used the state-of-the-art nanofabrication technology to make arrays of electrode with a width of only 100 nanometers (.00001 centimeters) to excite sound waves at an unprecedented high frequency that is higher than 10 GHz, the frequency used for satellite communications.

“What’s remarkable is that at this high frequency, the wavelength of the sound is even shorter than the wavelength of light. This is achieved for the first time on a chip,” said Semere Tadesse, a graduate student in the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy and the first author of the paper. “In this unprecedented regime, sound can interact with light most efficiently to achieve high-speed modulation.”

In addition to applications in communications, researchers are pursuing quantum physics applications for the novel device. They are investigating the interaction between single photons (the fundamental quantum unit of light) and single phonons (the fundamental quantum unit of sound). The researcher plan to use sound waves as the information carriers for quantum computing.

The research is funded by National Science Foundation and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The device was fabricated in the cleanroom at the Minnesota Nano Center at the University of Minnesota.

To read the full article, entitled “Sub-optical wavelength acoustic wave modulation of integrated photonic resonators at microwave frequencies,” visit the Nature Communications website.

Imaging at a trillion frames per second:

Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion.

This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

Photography is about creating images by recording light. At the MIT media lab, professor Ramesh Raskar and his team members have invented a camera that can photograph light itself as it moves at, well, the speed of light.

Imaging at a trillion frames per second
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New quantum test claims that the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle not quite right

(Source: Phys. Rev. Letter. and BBC News)

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is in part an embodiment of the idea that in the quantum world, the mere act of observing an event changes it. But the idea had never been put to the test, and a team writing in Physical Review Letters (PRL 109, 100404 (2012)) says "weak measurements" prove the rule was never quite right. That could play havoc with "uncrackable codes" of quantum cryptography.

Quantum mechanics has since its very inception raised a great many philosophical and metaphysical debates about the nature of nature itself. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, as it came to be known later, started as an assertion that when trying to measure one aspect of a particle precisely, say its position, experimenters would necessarily "blur out" the precision in its speed.

That raised the spectre of a physical world whose nature was, beyond some fundamental level, unknowable.

Violation of Heisenberg’s Measurement-Disturbance Relationship by Weak Measurements
Quantum test pricks uncertainty

Curiosity's First Steps:

(Credit: NASA, APS )

NASA's most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars August 6, 2012, as part of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission. Curiosity, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars after a 36-week flight. Curiosity will conduct a two-year investigation looking particularly for signs that Mars ever had conditions or ingredients favorable for microbial life.
Read more at Curiosity's First Steps

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