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EPSNA is highlighted in a recent article “The potential of Science Diasporas” :

In a recent article on Science and Diplomacy entitled “The potential of Science Diasporas” U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns highlighted the Ethiopian Physics Society in North America to illustrate his thesis that “ Through their collective brainpower, resources, and networks, organized diasporas of scientists, engineers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and science policy experts play a vital role in driving innovation and economic growth and improving cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.” Specifically he wrote “the Ethiopian Physics Society in North America connects the American and Ethiopian physics communities by awarding prizes for research excellence to Ethiopian students, supporting a mentoring network, enabling recruitment of students from Ethiopia to the United States, and helping to organize international physics meetings in Ethiopia.” To read more (http://www.sciencediplomacy.org/perspective/2013/potential-science-diasporas.) The potential of Science Diasporas:

2013 Nobel Prize in Physics Winners Announced


Francois Englert and Peter Higgs won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for predicting the Higgs mechanism, the process that gives elementary particles their mass. This comes one year after CERN observed the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider.

EPSNA congratulates both Francois Englert and Peter Higgs.
2013 Nobel Prize in Physics:

EPS-NA elected new leadership on July 6 2013:


The Ethiopian Physics Society in North America held its general meeting on July 6, 2013 at the Thirkield Physics auditorium, Howard University, Washington DC. Members of the society, and friends attended the meeting by coming to the meeting site and/or by remote video connection and by proxy. Overall the meeting went well and was conducted according to the planned agenda with minor adjustments.

Highlights of the meeting:

1- Overview of activities over the last 5 years.
2- Announcement of the results of the election for the executive office.
3- Distribution of Certificate of Recognition to outgoing Executive Officers
4- Presentation of high quality science and education and training by EPSNA members. These covered research in industry, government labs, and academia, and medical physics, and a presentation on the growing importance of community colleges in preparing the next generation.


Overall observation: The general meeting met its goal of implementing the important task of transitioning of leadership after an open and competitive general election. This was a critical step in the history of the society. The meeting will be remembered as a major milestone in the growth of EPSNA. It is a turning point from a period of childhood to that of adolescence. The next 2 years will be guided by the newly elected leadership of 6 with

- Dr. Solomon Billilign, President., - Dr. Mesfin Tsige, Vice President, - Dr. Ademe Mekonenn, Secretary, - Dr. Haile A. Ambaye, Public Relations Officer, - Dr Eyob Sete, Treasurer, and - Dr. Solomon Duki, Auditor.

EPSNA urges all members of the society to actively support the newly elected EC members and work with them in charting the path to a bright future for EPSNA. The outgoing EC members thank all those members who supported and encouraged us through out the 5 years, and call on them to do the same with the new EC.


Outgoing EC memebrs:
Dr. Tessema G/Xabier, Dr. Tesfaye Kidane, Dr. Tesfaye Abtew, Dr. Negussie Terfessa, and Dr. Selemon Bekele.


Symposium on Computational Materials Science at the 7th Africa Materials Research Society biennial Conference (Addis Ababa, December 8-13, 2013):


Symposium conveners: S. Scandolo, N. Marzari, G. Amolo, N. Chetty, R. Martin

A special symposium on Computational Materials Science will take place at the 7th Africa Materials Research Society biennial Conference (Addis Ababa, December 8-13, 2013). A description of the symposium is appended below.

Submission of abstracts is now open, with deadline September 15, 2013. Abstracts can be submitted following the instructions at http://www.africamrs.co.za/Abstract.html . In your submission please specify that the abstract is for the symposium on Computational Materials Science.

Financial support will be available to cover the travel expenses of a few selected contributed speakers from Africa. If you intend to apply for financial support, please send a copy of the submitted abstract, along with your CV, to me (scandolo@ictp.it). Junior scientists should also arrange for a letter of support to be sent by their supervisor to me.

EPS-NA elected new leadership on July 6 2013:

The Ethiopian Physics Society in North America held its general meeting on July 6, 2013 at the Thirkield Physics auditorium, Howard University, Washington DC. Members of the society, and friends attended the meeting by coming to the meeting site and/or by remote video connection and by proxy. Overall the meeting went well and was conducted according to the planned agenda with minor adjustments.

Highlights of the meeting:
1- Overview of activities over the last 5 years.
2- Announcement of the results of the election for the executive office.
3- Distribution of Certificate of Recognition to outgoing Executive Officers
4- Presentation of high quality science and education and training by EPSNA members. These covered research in industry, government labs, and academia, and medical physics, and a presentation on the growing importance of community colleges in preparing the next generation.

Overall observation: The general meeting met its goal of implementing the important task of transitioning of leadership after an open and competitive general election. This was a critical step in the history of the society. The meeting will be remembered as a major milestone in the growth of EPSNA. It is a turning point from a period of childhood to that of adolescence. The next 2 years will be guided by the newly elected leadership of 6 with

- Dr. Solomon Billilign, President., - Dr. Mesfin Tsige, Vice President, - Dr. Ademe Mekonenn, Secretary, - Dr. Haile A. Ambaye, Public Relations Officer, - Dr Eyob Sete, Treasurer, and - Dr. Solomon Duki, Auditor.

EPSNA urges all members of the society to actively support the newly elected EC members and work with them in charting the path to a bright future for EPSNA. The outgoing EC members thank all those members who supported and encouraged us through out the 5 years, and call on them to do the same with the new EC.

Outgoing EC memebrs:
Dr. Tessema G/Xabier, Dr. Tesfaye Kidane, Dr. Tesfaye Abtew, Dr. Negussie Terfessa, and Dr. Selemon Bekele.


Science news from media:

Dr. Teketel Yohannes, of Addis Ababa University announced that the 2013 Africa MRS meeting will be held in Addis Ababa:

MRS tv recent interview.



Imaging at a trillion frames per second:

(Source: www.ted.com/talks/)
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
Read more here

Watch the video below:



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.

Read more at
Violation of Heisenberg’s Measurement-Disturbance Relationship by Weak Measurements
and
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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