Dear respected AKPA members,
I wish you a prosperous and successful new year of blue mustang! Past year has been busy for AKPA with many activities. We have worked together with KAMPINA(Korean Association of Medical Physicists in North America) a membership drive, thanks to the initiatives of our general secretary Dr. Youngho Seo and the web secretary Dr. Jaewon Jung. It was followed by the inredibly successful annual US-Korea Conference which was particularly successful with a total of 11 physics (Technical Group A) sessions and the contributions from over 70 speakers. We then had a membership drive at the 223rd AAS meeting, thanks to our treasurer Dr. Sangwook Park and the past president Dr. Eunsuk Seo. We have worked closely with KSEA on all these events. In addition, we have been working on a special membership drive through AKPA-KSEA member registration, under the leadership of our membership director, Dr. Sung-Won Lee. Vice President and President Elect, Dr. Seung-Hun Lee had an additional meeting with KPS officers to establish close working relationship to prepare for the 100th anniversary of Korean physics celebration in 2015. We also had a meeting with Korean middle and high school teachers in the front line of strengthening our next generation. With the leadership and tremendous help of many AKPA officers and members, we have accomplished a great deal in 2013.
In preparation for financial stability of AKPA, we have been working on officially registering AKPA as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For this, an English version of our Bylaw is being prepared under the leadership of Dr. Youngho Seo, and the proper registration procedure is being closely worked on by Dr. Sangwook Park. The goal is to complete a solidly prepared Bylaw in the next couple of months and ratify it with AKPA voting members before submitting to US IRS. While this process could take a long time, I hope all this will complete in mid to late this year so that we can start raising funds in earnest. We hope AKPA will be able to give tax exemptions to donations in the upper half of this year and thus will need even stronger help from all members. These funds will then help us to become more financially stable.
In addition, we have many more activities planned in 2014. The first up is the AKPA annual meeting and the symposium to be held during the APS March meeting in Denver. The OYRA committee has completed its work and selected two winners, and the EC has accepted them. KPS’ strong support helped AKPA to give two OYRA awards as in the past few years. Please join me congratulating the OYRA winners, Dr. Dohun Kim of University of Wisconsin and Dr. Hyoung Jeen Jeen of Oak Ridge National Laboratory! The awards to these two OYRA winners will be given at the Forum of International Physics reception on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. The AKPA symposium will then be on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, followed by a traditional APS dinner organized under the leadership of professor Young Kee Yeo. Please join the FIP reception, the AKPA Korean physicist symposium and the traditional dinner.
AKPA will once again work closely with KSEA for the National High School Physics Contest (NHSPC) on Saturday, April 12, in conjunction with KSEA’s NMSC. I hope many AKPA members can work closely with KSEA local chapter NMSC committees to help publicizing the contest and to help administering the exam on the day. I also hope many of you can join in and give the national winners to perform research in your labs, if they want such an opportunity. These winners, I am 100% confident, have incredible talents. So please help making this year’s NHSPC an event of making it a permanent fixture in NMSC and become an excellent example of AKPA working tightly with KSEA.
Finally, Dr. Young-Kee Kim, a former associate director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and a professor at the University of Chicago, is organizing an AKPA-IBS Symposium on Special Topics in Physics on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, 2014, at the University of Chicago. This symposium is particularly meaningful since it will be the event of celebrating the 35th year of AKPA’s establishment. I hope many of you can come to University of Chicago, participate in the symposium and help honor the 35th year of our beloved organization. Korean Physical Society has also been informed of this event so that they can participate in the symposium.
We are preparing many events in this year of blue mustang! None of these activities will be successful without each of your strong support and participation. The officers of this administration are ready to help you to play a strong role in strengthening AKPA. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the officers to inquire on opportunities for you to make a difference. I truly believe that AKPA will be stronger when we all work together to overcome difficulties and accomplish challenging tasks. Let’s roll up our sleeves and take our part in making this organization run stronger like a blue mustang this year and in the future!
30th AKPA President