- Seung-Hun Lee, The 31st AKPA President
May 9, 2015
Dear AKPA members,
It is my honor to serve as the 31st AKPA President. My term has just started on May 1. Firstly, I would like to thank the members who volunteered to serve on the new Executive Committee (EC) and various other Committees (http://akpa.org/2014-01-31-05-24-56/current-officers).
I will make every effort to ensure that our organization continues to promote excellence in research among young physicists. Furthermore, with your help and input, the new administration, EC, other committees, and I will work hard to make AKPA a better organization, representing Korean Physicists in the US, as well as continue its contributions to society and to the history of Korea and the US.
The new EC had its first teleconference on May 6 and exchanged many ideas about the future activities of AKPA. We will soon seek the opinions from the AKPA membership to assess the current activities. Your opinions will be important for us to plan and improve the future activities of AKPA. We need your help and participation.
In the mean time, I would like to end this by sharing with you an essay that I wrote while I was visiting Aspen last January.
I am looking forward to working with you for AKPA.
Aspen and Missing Person
If you have a chance to visit the Aspen Center for Physics, it will not be long before you discover a small stone plaque at the center of the backyard. The plaque commemorates Benjamin Whisoh Lee, the Korean-born physicist who would have gotten a Nobel Prize in Physics had he not left us prematurely in a tragic car accident. Benjamin Lee was a trustee of the Center. It brings melancholy whenever I stand in front of the plaque. I cannot help but think that about 40 years ago he must have walked the same little pathways, hiked/skied the same mountains, and enjoyed the surrounding beautiful scenery.
In Aspen, I recommend you to go to the Aspen Mountain, either for skiing in the winter or for hiking in the summer. Once you get off the Gondola, take the Buckhorn slope to the Tourtellotte Park. It is situated on the top of the mountain. From there, you will see one of the most beautiful panoramas in the region; mountains all around you, covered with white snow and trees. A landscape that must have been there for millions of years. Standing there, you may feel, as I did, a beautiful moment in this ephemeral life of ours. You may even ponder the meaning of our life.
In the novel ‘Missing Person’ by Patrick Modiano, the Winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, the author portrays people whose life leave the merest blur behind them. The traceless beings. Like beach (wo)men who enjoy the beach for a while and vanish. That we are all beach (wo)men and the sand keeps the traces of our footsteps only for a few moments.
I have two kids of young age. When my family vacations in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, they like to go out to the beach early in the morning to find shark teeth in the sand; tiny black triangular shaped teeth, worn by many years of waves. When they find one, their faces brighten up with joy. I am not sure if they think of the Great White that lived out in the deep ocean for a short while, and left it as a remembrance of its own existence.
I humbly hope that my two-year tenure as President of the Association of Korean Physicists in America (AKPA) that started on May 1, 2015, will become, with inspiration and help from all of you, like a shark tooth in the sand. A tiny black stone that will brighten up one or two faces, at least, of the next generation ethnic Korean physicists, filled with hope and audacity.
Candidates for the 32nd AKPA President
Prof. Young-Kee Kim
Louis Block Professor of Physics
The Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute
The University of Chicago
Thanks to outstanding former and current AKPA presidents and Korean physicist community in U.S., there are a number of AKPA programs in place including the annual U.S.-Korea Joint Physicist Meeting at the APS March meeting, the BAS (physical sciences) program at the KSEA’s annual U.S.-Korea Conference, the Joint AKPA – KPS meeting, the annual Outstanding Young Researcher Award, and the annual Nationwide High School Physics Contest.
If elected, I will work to continue and enhance all of the existing AKPA programs. Physics is global. I will work to strengthen connections between U.S.-based Korean physicists and Korean physicists in Europe and Asia, and to promote scientific excellence of U.S.-based Korean senior and junior physicists to the international physics community. In addition, together with the current and next AKPA presidents, I will explore opportunities to promote scientific excellence in the developing world. I expect that my current role as an executive committee member of APS’s Forum in International Physics and my past experiences will be helpful for these initiatives.
My recent involvements in AKPA and KSEA activities include: I was the keynote speaker for KSEA’s Professional Development Workshop in March 2014; I organized the biennial AKPA Symposium on Special Topics in Physics in May 2014 at the University of Chicago – the program included the AKPA – IBS (Institute for Basic Science in Korea) Symposium and the celebration of the 35th anniversary of AKPA; I am chairing AKPA’s fund-raising and special event committee – the committee’s current focus is to raise endowed funds to support the winners of the annual Nationwide High School Physics Contest and the annual Outstanding Young Researcher Award.
Candidates for the Auditor
Prof. Harold Kim
Georgia Institute of Technology
AKPA Election Information
Following the Bylaws, the AKPA Election 2014 will elect the 32th president, whose term will start 2017, and the Auditor for the next (31th) administration. The president-elect will also join the 31th AKPA administration (President: Prof. Seung-Hun Lee, Univ. of Virginia) as the vice president as the Bylaws requires. Below is the election schedule, and the details of the candidates will be announced soon by email and on the AKPA website.
◦ November 30, 2014: Due for the announcement of the final list of candidates to the general members.
◦ December 1-15, 2014: Official election/campaign period.
◦ December 15-31, 2014: Voting
◦ January 5, 2015: Announcing the next/vice president and auditor elected.
Committees for Election 2014
Prof. Chueng-Ryong Ji (NC State), Chair
Prof. Seung-Hun Lee (U. Virginia), Chair, 434-924-7959
Prof. Youngho Seo (UCSF) 415-353-9464
AKPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) 2014
2014 AKPA Award Committee Report
The AKPA OYRA Award Committee thoroughly reviewed all documentation submitted for its consideration in support of the candidates. The committee also conducted its work through numerous discussions by telephone and email. The successful OYRA candidates would especially demonstrate their potential for: (1) creative, substantive advance in their own subfield in physics; (2) a professional success as a physicist. After exhaustive and careful review, the five members of the committee unanimously recommends Dr. Dohun Kim of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Hyoung Jeen Jeen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the 2014 OYRA winners. 2014 OYRA will be awarded during the Forum on International Physics reception scheduled 6-8pm, Tuesday, March 4, in Governor's Square 12 of the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Please join the reception and help honor these awardees.
Dr. Dohun Kim:
Dr. Kim is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin. He received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland in 2013, and B.S. from Yonsei University in 2009. His primary research interest is the experimental study of the quantum physics of solid state systems, in particular collective behavior of low dimensional electron gases in semiconductors and metals. His recent work includes studies of electronic transport in bismuth selenide in the topological insulator regime, and developments of the silicon/silicon germanium quantum dot qubits. His work has recently been published in high impact journals such as Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, and Nature Communications. Recommenders commented that he has a profound understanding in physics and an exceptionally creative experimental skills. He is considered one of the best and most exciting young experimentalists of his generation in the field.
Dr. Hyung Jeen Jeen:
Dr. Jeen is a postdoctoral research associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from University of Florida in 2011, and B.S. from Pusan National University in 2003. He is a condensed matter physics experimentalist carrying out groundbreaking research on oxide thin films and heterostructures. During 2013 only, he made many high impact scientific publications, one in Nature Materials, two in Advanced Materials, and one in Physical Review Letters, all as a first author. He is recognized as a main driving force that the field of complex oxides has a new path forward in the era of “materials for energy”. Dr. Jeen has great promise to be an intellectual force and a leading physicist in the field.
New AKPA staff members were appointed by Professor Ji (28th AKPA president) during the last UKC 2009 meeting: Dr. Myungkee Sung (general secretary), Dr. In-Saeng Suh (treasury secretary), Dr. Hye-Sung Lee (web management).
[First unofficial 28th AKPA staff meeting at UKC2009 in Raleigh, NC in July, 2009]
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