The annual NSBP conference will be held virtually Nov 5 through 8, 2020. The theme for this year's conference is "Achieving the Vision: From First Principles to the Future." Check out this short video promotion of the conference. We encourage EPSNA members to participate in the conference. EPSNA President Dr. Dereje Seifu will be giving a presentation about EPSNA during the International Session. Several other EPSNA members will also be in attendance. Register at the conference website: https://www.nsbp.org/2020-conference/2020-conference-home.
Physics Lecturers Needed
We were recently contacted by Lina Getachew Ayenew, founder of Education for Ethiopia (E4E). This social enterprise aims to bring digital education to Ethiopian students, specifically focusing on K-12 STEM subjects. They have partnered with Khan Academy to digitize education content in local languages (focus on Amharic, Afaan Oromo, Tigrinya and Somali). Currently, they are looking for video lecturers for 7th grade physics and above. We believe this project will be of great benefit to students in Ethiopia given the recent interruption of school due to the pandemic. Please see the attached document for a detailed project description. This is a great opportunity for EPSNA to make a direct impact for many students in Ethiopia by making quality physics education accessible in the students own native language.
Please check this video for a sample math lecture, this for biology, and this for a sample physics lecture.
PhD, Masters, or Bachelors physics students in their Junior and Senior years are encouraged to be lecturers. Please reach out to Lina directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
High-Energy-Density Physics Summer Student Program at LLNL
The Summer Student Internships in High-Energy-Density Physics is a program at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for graduate and undergraduate students for experimental, theoretical, and computational research in many disciplines. Visit their website https://wci.llnl.gov/careers/students to learn more and to apply for summer 2020. You can also see sample past projects there.
2020 PPPL Graduate Summer School
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is hosting its 3rd annual Graduate Summer School the week of August 10-14 fully remotely. We welcome students from a broad range of fields: magnetic fusion energy sciences, high energy density plasmas, astrophysics, low-temperature plasmas, materials science, etc. Students whose research has a substantial intersection with plasma physics are encouraged to apply. We especially encourage students in their first or second year of graduate studies and members of historically underrepresented groups to apply:
1st ESAN Solstice Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Science June 20, 2020
Ethiopian Scientific Affiliation Network (ESAN) is organizing the first annual Solstice Conference on Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Space Science on June 20, 2020. The conference will be an online conference. More detail about the conference and ways to participate can be found here: https://esannet.com/space-generation/
Materials 4.0: Materials Genome Engineering
There are still few open slots for Master students, PhD students and (early stage) Postdocs to participate in the International Summer School "MATERIALS 4.0: Materials Genome Engineering" which is organized by TU Dresden this year (August 17 - 21, 2020) as an online event.
The registration is open until June 30, 2020 and participation is free of charge.
Optics in Africa - Joint Feature Issue of JOSA A and JOSA B
May 18, 2020
Submissions Open: 15 March 2020 Submission Deadline: 1 June 2020
JOSA A and JOSA B are soliciting papers to highlight the excellence in optical research presently underway in Africa, with particular emphasis on work by the growing body of young emerging researchers there. This feature issue will provide researchers in Africa with the opportunity to share their current work and will not only cover research advances, but also present a perspective on challenges and opportunities, including impact on society, through studies that address continental issues. It will also present some historical context and research on education, society, as well national and continental initiatives in optics. With its long history and emerging excellence, the time is opportune to showcase optics in Africa—optics by Africans, and optics to solve African problems.