Dear AKPA colleagues,
I am pleased to announce that the 2020 OYRA will be given to two outstanding Korean physicists.
- Dr. Soowon Choi (Miller fellow at the Univ. of California Berkeley)
Dr. Choi is a theorist with expertise in quantum dynamics of many body systems. His past achievements during PhD and postdoc are truly astonishing: discovery of new states of matter in quantum scars and time crystals, and development of theories on quantum neural network and measurement-induced phase transitions. Probably most impressive is his deep involvement in designing experimental protocols. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard and his B.S. in Physics from Caltech.
- Dr. Joon Sue Lee (Assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Dr. Lee has accomplished a pioneering work on quantum materials synthesis with demonstrated state-of-the-art expertise in molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) for a broad variety of quantum materials including chalcogenide topological insulators, III-V and II-VI magnetic semiconductors, III-V semiconductors, and superconductors. His recent work also includes the design, synthesis, and measurement of high-quality hybrid III-V semiconductor/superconductor nanowire heterostructures for Majorana-based quantum computing. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Penn State U. and his M.S. and B.S. in Physics from Seoul National Univ.
The award ceremony will take place at the following two events.
1. Sunday, March 1: the 2020 Joint KPS-AKPA Symposium (See the symposium program at https://www.jlab.org/indico/event/361/other-view?view=standard) at Room 102, the Colorado Convention Center. The door will be open at 12:30pm.
2. Tuesday, March 3: the APS FIP (Forum of International Physics) Reception starting at 6pm at Room Granite A/B, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center; AKPA is co-sponsoring this reception.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Soowon Choi and Dr. Joon Sue Lee for their outstanding achievements.
33rd President of AKPA
Sponsored by AKPA and Korean Physical Society
It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the 33rd President of the Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA). Since its establishment in 1979, AKPA has been fully committed to serve the community to promote continued advancement in physics and related areas, and to promote close networking of Korean physicists in North America and Korea.
The impact of physics lies in many aspects. Physics is one of the most fundamental branches of science and is the intersection of math, chemistry, biology-medicine, information science, and engineering. Physics provides the most probable solution to mankind’s global and grand challenges such as energy, environment, information science, etc. With the rapid economic growth, Korea has been fast advancing in physics with a national focus and support: The research budget has been fast increasing. Powerful facilities have been sprouting. There has never been a better time to integrate Korean physicists into the world stage and provide new opportunities for young Korean physicists.
Supporting young physicists has been always a high priority for AKPA. Their concerns and needs evolve in this global and rapidly changing society. We will make best effort to understand better their current issues and needs.
In order to serve all of you better, we need to have your input. So, please let us know what we can do for you! I can assure you that we'll be with you every step of the way.
I look forward to working with all of you,
The 33rd President of AKPA
Professor of Physics
University of Connecticut
Solicitation for Nominees
In order to recognize and promote excellence in research by outstanding young ethnic Korean Physicist in North America, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) has been awarded annually since 1994 by the Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA). The list of previous recipients is available on the AKPA website http://www.akpa.org/
o Candidates are limited to ethnic Korean Physicists who are working at research universities/institutions or industrial/government laboratories in North America.
o Candidates' most recent PhD must have been awarded on or after January 1, 2010. The award committee may make exceptions for candidates who were awarded their PhD prior to January 1, 2010 if their careers were disrupted due to military service, extended medical leave, maternity leave, child-rearing, etc.
A Nomination Letter that details the importance and impact of the candidate's work and discuss their qualifications, initiative, and research. (Deadline: December 1, 2018)
Supporting Documents (Deadline: December 15, 2018)
o Candidate's curriculum vitae including a list of the candidate's scientific publications
o Representative publications by the candidate
o Two letters of recommendation from other researchers in support of the candidate's nomination
ü Nomination Letter: December 1, 2018, 11:59 pm EST
ü Supporting Document: December 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST
Nominations are reviewed and candidates selected by the Award committee. Award winner(s) are selected on the basis of their scientific excellence and potential to become leaders in the scientific community through their contributions to the field. The winner(s) will be announced in January 2019 at https://www.akpa.org/.
The award of $1,500 with a plaque will be presented at the AKPA annual meeting, which will be held in conjunction with an American Physical Society Meeting in the spring. The exact location of the annual meeting and time will be announced later.
The Award Committee
o Prof. Jiwoong Park (University of Chicago), Chair
o Prof. Kwang-Je Kim (Argonne National Lab and University of Chicago)
o Prof. Harold Kim (Georgia Tech)
o Prof. Chueng-Ryong Ji (NC State)
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