ASSOCIATION OF KOREAN PHYSICISTS IN AMERICA
News of Apr./98
AKPA News in April, 1998:
* AKPA News Menu:
* A) The Annual AKPA Meeting in Columbus, OH, on April 18.
* B) The 1998 AKPA OYRA.
* C) The AKPA Election under Way.
* D) The New Linkages to KPS and Other Korean Sites through the AKPA Homepage.
* E) The AKPA Standing Committees.
* F) New APSFellowWonchullPark and the Informal AKPA Dinner Meeting in L.A.
A). The Annual AKPA Meeting in Columbus, OH, on April 18.
The Annual AKPA meeting will take place in Columbus, OH, on April 18
at 6:30pm, during the week of the APS/AAPT Annual Meeting, in the banquet
room of Jing Chuan Chinese Restaurant. We would like to encourage you to
attend our annual meeting. The AKPA Annual Meeting will have an agenda of usual
reports of AKPA Business Affairs followed by a Dinner and an Academic Session.
The Academic Session Program includes 3 talks by the winner and Honorable
Mentions of the 1998 AKPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA).
We announced the winner and Honorable Mentions at the APS March Meeting
in LA at the Forum of International Physics (FIP) Session, Physics without
Borders, of the APS (see the item B below). The Annual AKPA meeting in April
is traditionally the place where we hear on their world-class achievements
by the OYRA recipients: Piljin Yi, Chang-Hwan Lee, and Jeong-Sun Moon will
present the most important contributions of their research at the level of a
general physics colloquium. The program include also a few talks by other
distinguished AKPA members including Sanghyeon Chang who is serving as the
E-Link Secretary of the Association. Short summaries of their talks can be
found in http://www.AKPA.org/akmeet.html as they are received.
The preliminary agenda of the Annual AKPA Meeting at the Restaurant Jing Chuan
on April 18 is as following:
Informal reception: 6:30Pm
Business Meeting: 8:00 - 8:30pm
Academic Session: 8:30 - 10:00pm
The final program and further details of the annual meeting and dinner will
be posted on the AKPA homepage (http://www.akpa.org) as they becomes available.
Also we advise you to look for the AKPA announcement that will be posted in the
bulletin board area of the APS/AAPT meeting. The dinner cost will be about $20
per person. We expect that a number of other Korean colleagues in science and
engineering residing in Ohio will join us too. We will look forward to seeing
you in Columbus.
B). The 1998 AKPA OYRA.
The 1998 AKPA OYRA was announced and the Award ceremony took place at the FIP
Session, Physics Without Borders, of the APS March Meeting in Los Angeles, CA,
on March 16, 1998. The 1998 AKPA OYRA is given to:
Piljin Yi, Newman Lab of Nuclear Studies in Cornell University,
for his outstanding achievements in theoretical high energy physics of
Superstrings and Quantum Gravity. A graduate of SNU in Physics in 1987
with the Prime Minister Award, he completed his Ph.D. in 1994 at Caltech
followed by three years at Columbia University as a Research Associate.
In addition, the Award Committee (consisted of seven distinguished physicists
as listed in Item E below) recommended to recognize the the following four
as "Honorable Mention":
Chang-Hwan Lee, Physics Dept, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY, for his outstanding
contribution to the astroparticle physics;
Seung-Hun Lee, Center for Neutron Research, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, for his
outstanding contribution to the experimental condensed matter physics by
using neutron scattering to study unusual magnets and superconductors;
Jeong-Sun Moon, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM, for his
outstanding contribution to the experimental solid state physics by studying
the quantum electron and optoelectric devices;
Jaemo Park, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, for his
outstanding contribution to the mathematical physics of string theory.
Let us congratulate these outstanding young Korean physicists and wish them
our best for the further success, as their achievements are noticed and
honored by the AKPA community. As you know, the AKPA OYRA application
is limited to those young ethnic Korean physicists within 5 years of
their Ph.D. age but has made already a world-class achievement, reputation
and promise in their fields of specialty.
C). The AKPA Election Under Way.
We would like to draw your attention to the AKPA election which is under way.
This year the AKPA Election Committee (Chueng R. Ji, Sung-Kwun Lyo, Soo-Bong
Kim and President-elect Yung Kee Yeo as the Chairperson) nominated two
outstanding candidates for the AKPA President in '99-'00: Jin-Joo Song
and Hoydoo Yu. Ballot papers and copies of the candidates's brief resumes
(see the March AKPA News Bulletin, http://www.AKPA.org/aknews0398.html) were
distributed by mail to all eligible AKPA regular members as of March 16, 1998.
The collected ballots will be opened and tabulated on April 18, in time for
the AKPA annual meeting, in the presence of the AKPA Auditor, Staffs and other
authorized AKPA members who will be attending the Annual AKPA meeting in
Columbus, OH. We would like to encourage all AKPA members to exercise their
rights and participate in the election, in case they have not done so yet.
D). The New Linkages to KPS and Other Korean Sites through the AKPA Homepage.
Recently AKPA homepage (http://www.AKPA.org/) has been updated for a better
exposure of the AKPA to the world and for a broader access to the outside
Korean physics community. The officially AKPA Charters just amended and
approved are available under the section of "1. Introduction of AKPA" in the
homepage both in html and postscript format. As noted already, under the
section of "5. AKPA Annual Meeting", summaries of the invited talks at the
Annual AKPA Meeting in Columbus, OH, on April 18 can also be found.
In addition, "Korean Physics Sites" in the Sec. 6 is fortified
by including the web pages of the Korean Physics Community such as the KPS
(Korean Physics Society), the KSEA (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers
Association), and KUSCO (The Korea-U.S. Science Cooperation Center), as well
as the web site ICPR of the SNU Physics Department. With these access to the
Korean sites, virtually all Korea physics related sites are now readily at
your service. Please, visit our homepage (http://www.akpa.org) and enjoy this
new feature of our homepage. The AKPA homepage can now be seen on the KPS
homepage with even the blinking AKPA logo page.
E). The AKPA Standing Committees.
According to the recently approved AKPA charters and by-laws, it is required
for the AKPA to form four Standing Committees, i.e., Editorial and E-link
Committees besides the Election and Award Committees. The Election Committee
is appointed yearly by the President with the President-elect serving as the
Chairperson and the Secretary General as the Committee Secretary. The other
three Committees are consisted of 6 members each for a term of three years.
The current members of the Award Committee are:
Yoon-Soo Park, Yong-Ki Kim, Weonjong Lee (Secretary), (class of '98);
William T. Chu, Benedict Y. Oh, (class of '99);
Kiuck Lee (Chairperson), Chueng Ryong Ji, (class of '00).
Two new members with a 3-year term will be needed to replace the outgoing
members as defined by Article 18 of the by-laws. The Editorial and E-Link
Committees are under completion and will be announced on the AKPA homepage
soon as they will get completed. Those AKPA members who wish to serve on the
Standing Committees, in particular on the Editorial or E-link Committees,
are encouraged to contact Kyungsik Kang (email@example.com or Tel.401-863
-1468) or Yung Kee Yeo (firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel. 513-255-2012).
F). New APS Fellow Wonchull Park and the Informal AKPA Dinner Meeting in L.A.
1. We hear that Wonchull Park of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory was
elected as a Fellow of the APS by the APS Council in 1997.
2. The 1998 AKPA OYRA ceremony was officiated by Kyungsik Kang on behalf of the
Association with the assistance of two Award Committee members, Kiuck Lee
and Yoon-Soo Park in the FIP Session, Physics without Borders, of APS, on
March 16, 1998 in Los Angeles. The FIP session was organized with joint
efforts of AKPA, OCPA and ACIPA, as reported in the March News Bulletin
and co-chaired by the representatives of the three organizations. Jong-Jean
Kim of KAIST was an invited speaker of the Session representing Korea.
3. An informal AKPA dinner took place at the Dragon Palace following the FIP
session on March 16 at 6:30pm for the AKPA and KPS members. Among those
who attended the dinner were the 1998 OYRA winner and Honorable Mention,
Piljin Yi and Chang-Hwan Lee, four KPS members including Jong-Jean Kim and
Jong-Chun Woo, the KSEA Southern CA Chapter President Hwang Chung and
the Education Attache Jung Keun Hahn of the Korean Consulate General of
Los Angeles, besides many active AKPA members including Kiuck Lee,
Yoon-Soo Park, Young-Wook Kim, Sang Boo Nam, Yung Kee Yeo, Sung Kwun Lyo,
Jin Joo Song and Kyungsik Kang. One of the heart-warming and proud moments
of the evening was the reminiscence by Kiuck Lee, the first President of the
U.S. Chapter of the KPS which preceeded the founding of AKPA, on the state
of Korean Physics in the '40s after the Independence and on the Korean
attendance in the APS meetings in the '50s.
News of Apr./98 - continued
AKPA News in April, 1998 - continued
* A) Election Result
* B) AKPA Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH
* C) AKPA Standing Committees
* D) We hear that:
* 1. Kwang Je Kim;
* 2. Research Staff Positions at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
* E) Erratum
* F) Acknowledgment
A) Election Result.
We are pleased to announce that Professor Jin-Joo Song of the Oklahoma
State University has been elected by the Association as the 21st President
of the AKPA. On behalf of the AKPA, we would like to extend our warm
congratulations and best wishes to her. We look forward to her contributions
to the Association and expect that she will bring yet another level of advance
and success to the Association. Her term will be for the one year of May 1,
1999 - April 30, 2000 and she will serve as ex-officio Vice President of
Dr. Yung Kee Yeo during May 1, 1998 - April 30, 1999.
Professor Song ('74 Ph.D., Yale University) is a Regents Professor of Physics
and a Noble Professor of Photonics at Oklahoma State University . She is also
an OSU program director of the NSF-funded ``Center for Laser and Photonic and
Electronic Materials and Devices''. Prof. Song is active in the area of laser
physics with an emphasis on laser interaction with condensed matter, nonlinear
optics, femto/picosecond phenomena, and photonic/opto-electronic materials
and devices. She has over 130 journal papers and served as a journal referee
of APS, AIP, OSA and others. She has attracted over \$14M external funding
since 1990 from federal, state and private agencies and organizations including
NSF, DARPA, BMDO and AFOSR.
The ballots were opened and tabulated on April 18, in time for the AKPA Annual
Meeting (see Item B) below), in the presence of the AKPA Auditor Seung-chan
Ahn, by Yung Kee Yeo and Sanghyeon Chang. This year's Election Committee
members were Chueng R. Ji, Sung-Kwun Lyo, Weonjong Lee (for Soo-Bong Kim) and
President-elect Yung Kee Yeo as the Chairperson.
B) AKPA Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH
The Annual AKPA Meeting took place at Jing Chuan Restaurant in Columbus, OH,
on April 18 at 6:30pm, during the week of the APS/AAPT Annual Meeting.
The agenda of the annual meeting after the informal introduction and dinner
included the business reports at 8:00pm followed by the Academic session
The Business Session started with brief Greetings from the President and
President-elect followed by the introduction of the VIPs that included
Dr. In-Kap Choi, of Chemical Abstracts Service and Vice-President of KSEA
and Dr. June Key Lee, Professor of Engineering Mechanics, Ohio State
and a Councillor of KSEA, and the Association members who were present
at the meeting. Auditor Ahn made a brief report on the state of the
Association, whereby commending the healthy management and achievements
by the AKPA President and Staff Officers during last one year. Dr. Yung Kee
Yeo reported the election result (see Item A) above) of the 21st President
on behalf of the Election Committee. The final item of the business session
was the Report from the President which included:
1. The AKPA Homepage as the gate to the outside world;
2. 1998 OYRA winner and Honorable Mentions;
3. Amended Charters that got approved by the Association;
4. Membership dues and donations; and
5. other items such as (a). the possibility of expanding the OYRA into two
i.e., (I). Nuclear, Particle and Mathematical Physics, and
(II). Condensed Matter and Applied Physics
(b). submission of articles to the KPS journals through the overseas
K. Kang (Mathematical, Particle and Nuclear Physic); Yong-Ki Kim (Atomic,
Molecular and Optical Physics), and Y.W. Kim (Condensed Matter Physics and
The Academic Session Program included 3 talks by the winner and Honorable
Mentions of the 1998 AKPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA):
Piljin Yi, Chang-Hwan Lee, and Jeong-Sun Moon, and Sanghyeon Chang,
the E-Link Secretary of the Association. Short summaries of their talks
can be found in http://www.AKPA.org/akmeet.html as they are received.
We announced the 1998 AKPA OYRA winner and Honorable Mentions at the APS
March Meeting in LA at the Forum of International Physics (FIP) Session,
Physics without Borders, of the APS but the Annual AKPA meeting in April
is traditionally the place where the OYRA recipients make their presentations.
The topics of the invited speakers are as following:
1. Piljin Yi, Cornell University, 1998 OYRA winner, 8:30 - 9:00pm
topic: Duality and String Theories.
2. Chang-Hwan Lee, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1998 OYRA Honorable Mention, 20 min.
topic: Kaon Production in Heavy-ion Collisions
and Maximum Mass of Neutron Stars
3. Jeong-Sun Moon, Sandia Nat. Lab., 1998 OYRA Honorable Mention, 20 min.
topic: Gated Quantum Tunneling Transistor and
Single Transistor Logic/Memory Applications
4. Sanghyeon Chang, Univ. of Florida, AKPA E-Link Secretary, 20 min.
topic: Studies of the Motion and Decay of Axion Walls
Bounded by Strings and Related Issues
C) AKPA Standing Committees.
There are four standing committees in the AKPA as defined in the Association
By-laws that have been amended and officially approved in January 1998
as reported in the AKPA News of Mar./98 (see www.AKPA.org/aknews.html):
Election Committee, Award Committee, Editorial Committee, and E-link Committee.
The Election Committee is yearly and is formed by 2 or 3 regular members
appointed by the President in consultation with the President-elect
with the President-elect as the Chairperson and the Secretary General
serving as the Secretary of the Committee. The Election Committee
during the year 1997 - 1998 was composed of:
Yung Kee Yeo (Chairperson), Sung-Kwun Lyo,
Chueng Ryong Ji, Soo-Bong Kim (Secretary).
The primary function of the Election Committee is to recommend the candidates
of the next President and Auditor to the President in time so that the election
can be completed by the end of March every year.
The Award Committee will have two new members appointed each year
by the President for a term of three years. The Committee Chair will be
appointed by the President from the members and the Secretary General will
serve as the Secretary of the Committee. The Award Committee members
during 1997-98 are:
Yoon-Soo Park, Yong-Ki Kim, Weonjong Lee (Secretary), (class of '98);
William T. Chu, Benedict Y. Oh, (class of '99); and
Kiuck Lee (Chairperson), Chueng Ryong Ji, (class of '00).
The following are the Editorial Committee and E-link Committee members newly
formed by the President in consultation with the President-elect:
Ki-hyon Kim (Chairperson), Quiesup Kim, (class of '00);
Saeyoung Ahn, Soo-Ung Kim, (class of '99).
Two new members will be added by Dr. Yeo in 1998-99 for a term of three years,
i.e., for May 1, 1998 - April 30, 2001. The Editorial Secretary will serve
as the Secretary for the Committee.
Saeyoung Ahn (Chairperson), Yoon-Soo Park, (class of '00);
Benedict Y. Oh, Weonjong Lee, (class of '99).
Two new members will be added by Dr. Yeo in 1998-99 for a term of three years
till April 30, 2001. The E-link Secretary will serve as the Secretary of the
D) We hear that:
1. Dr. Kwang Je Kim, who was Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of
the Center for Beam Physics at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, has taken up
the positions of Distinguished Scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory
at APS and also as a Professor of Physics at the University of Chicago
as of April 1998.
2. Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology has Two Research Staff Positions
that are immediately available for the experimental scientists.
Expertise (a Ph.D. is required) in one of the following topics is essential:
Interested person should contact:
Dr. Jo-Won Lee, Electronics Materials Laboratory,
SAIT, P.O.Box 111, Suwon, Korea.
In the section F), item 3. of the AKPA News Bulletin issued as of April 10,
1998, "the first AKPA President" should be changed to "the first President
of the U.S. Chapter of the KPS". The corrected version is posted as AKPA
Apr./98 News in the AKPA home page (http://www.akpa.org).
The final Treasury Report as well as new 1998 Membership Directory will soon
be posted in the AKPA homepage. We are happy that we will be able to hand over
a healthy AKPA to the next team.
The AKPA Staff Officers would like to thank all those senior colleagues,
members, and friends who gave us their support and cooperations
during the year 1997-98 and wish our best and good luck to them, as we are
preparing to hand over the AKPA administration to the next team headed
by Dr. Yung Kee Yeo, which will be installed as of May 1, 1998. We wish
them our best also and most of all, May God Bless AKPA and all its members.
Kyungsik Kang, Soo-Bong Kim, Weonjong Lee, Sanghyeon Chang, and Cheolkyu Kim.