Dear AKPA members,
We sincerely hope that you and your family are having wonderful holidays.
We are very pleased to send you the inaugural issue of the reformed AKPA Newsletters. The major changes made and the content of four excellent forefront research articles in various fields of physics and others are briefly summarized in the Editorial Board’s Note copied below. We hope you enjoy the new Newsletters. And please feel free to distribute it to people who might be interested in reading it.
We wish you and your family wonderful holidays and a very Happy New Year!
On behalf of the EB,
The Editorial Board's Note
The Newsletter has undergone a critical transformation this year by the new Editorial Board. This issue is the inaugural issue of the newly revised Newsletter. The major changes are as follows. Firstly, the Newsletter will now be published twice per year, December and June, rather than four times per year. This change allows the Board to elevate the final production quality of the research articles. We are asking authors to write articles at an introductory colloquium level so that we can accommodate a broad audience that includes graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in all fields of physics. In each issue, about four research articles will be published under the section ‘Research Frontline’. AKPA activities and news pertaining to members will be published under ‘AKPA News’. In addition, the Newsletter will publish members' essays contemplating science and life under the section 'Essays'. We encourage all the AKPA members to submit essays for consideration for publication in the Newsletter.
As for Research Frontline in this issue, the Editorial Board invited several outstanding researchers to write articles this fall. Philip Kim, who is an outstanding leader in the field of mesoscopic phys- ics and recently moved from Columbia University to Harvard University, wrote an introductory ar- ticle on the physics of atomically thin materials that go beyond graphene. Brad Plaster, an expert on precision tests of fundamental symmetries in nuclear physics at the University of Kentucky, has written about current plans for measuring the electric dipole moment of the neutron. Na Young Kim, who will start her faculty career as an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo in January 2016, wrote about exotic quasi-particles called exciton-polaritons that emerge out of the interactions between electric-dipole-carrying particles (excitons) and confined electromagnetic waves (cavity photons) in a microcavity structure. Yongseok Oh, who is currently at George Washington University while on sabbatical leave from Kyungpook National University, wrote about exotic hadronic states known as pentaquarks and the recent excitement spurred by experimental results from the Large Hadron Collider.
This issue features two essays, one from Yong W. Kim from Lehigh University on life and physics and the other from Seung-Hun Lee from the University Virginia on three books. We hope these articles will encourage physicists who are busy with research to ponder for a minute or so about life.
The AKPA News section features several reports on AKPA activities and news items. This includes Chuhee Kwon’s introduction to her department at California State University in Long Beach, where she is serving as the Department Chair, and an obituary for our beloved long-term AKPA member and great accelerator physicist, Yanglai Cho, written by his son, Adrian Cho, who is a staff writer for Science magazine.
We would like to thank all authors for their con- tributions to this issue of the Newsletter. We give special thanks to Na Young Kim who spearheaded the reform of the Newsletter from start to end by organizing meetings, collecting relevant material, and steering the editing process. We also thank Jun Bum Shin, professor of graphics design at Oregon State University, for his most kind help with the wonderful design and format of the entire Newsletter. Without their efforts the Newsletter would not have been a success.
We sincerely hope that readers will enjoy the new AKPA Newsletter and that it will continue to serve as a forum to exchange scientific ideas as well as wisdom and support among the AKPA members.
We wish you and your family wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year!
On behalf of the Editorial Board,
Seung-Hun Lee / Dean Lee
NEWSLETTER EDITORIAL BOARD
Editor-in-chief / Seung-Hun Lee (University of Virginia)
Secretary / Na Young Kim (University of Waterloo)
Particle / Nuclear / Astro Physics / Astronomy
Young-Kee Kim (University of Chicago)
Kyoungchul Kong (University of Kansas)
Kyungseon Joo (University of Connecticut)
Dean Lee (North Carolina State University)
Condensed matter / Atomic Molecular Optical / Bio-Physics
Yoonseok Lee (University of Florida)
Kiyong Kim (University of Maryland)
Hakho Lee (Harvard University)
Harold Kim (Georgia Institute of Technology)
SPECIAL MEMBER FOR DESIGN
Jun Bum Shin (oregon state University)
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) seeks an outstanding candidate for a tenure-track faculty position to develop an interdisciplinary research program called Future Convergence Field which includes Statistical Physics, Biophysics, and Optics. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in physics or engineering. Preference will be given to applicants with more than two years of post doc experience, or equivalent. Applicants must have the ability to establish a strong research program in interdisciplinary fields. He/she will be expected to teach, in English, undergraduate and graduate courses, and to supervise graduate students. The position and salary will be determined in commensuration with the candidate’s previous experience. The positionis expected to start from the first semester, 2016.
POSTECH is building a culturally diverse body of faculty, students and staff. Non-Korean citizens are encouraged to apply.
See our website for more details:
Candidates should submit an application package that consists of (1) a curriculum Vitae including the list of publication, (2) a statement of research in the past and plan in future, (3) official records of their degrees, and (4) the list of three references with their contacts.
All application materials should be sent to:
Ms. Jua SHIN, Dept. of Physics, POSTECH, 77 Cheongam-Ro. Nam-Gu. Pohang.
Gyeongbuk, 790-784 Korea
The deadline of applications will be on December 31, 2015.
For additional information and to indicate your intention to apply, please contact: Mr. Kwang Young SONG (054-279-3711)
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- 미래융합연구 분야 (통계물리, 생물물리, 광학)
- 2016년 상반기
- 사립학교 교원임용에 결격사유가 없는 초빙관련 분야 박사학위 소지자
- 박사학위 후 관련 연구분야 경력 2년이상
- 영어강의 가능한자
- 이력서(curriculum Vitae including the list of publication)
- 연구 경력 및 연구계획서
- 추천인 명단(3명) 및 연락처
- 2015년12월 31일 18:00
- 접수처: 경북 포항시 남구 청암로 77 포항공과대학교 물리학과 신주아
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- 송광영팀장 포스텍 물리학과 054-279-3711
The Department of Physics at the University of Seoul invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the level of assistant or associate professor in Computational Physics starting March 1, 2016.
We are looking for a computational physicist who will teach introductory and advanced physics courses as well as computational courses. He or she is expected to conduct his/her own computational physics research program with graduate and undergraduate students. Our department has a national top computational facility among physics institutions in Korea and it will be accessible to help his/her research program. Experiences in HPC and in big data analyses are thus encouraged. A start up research fund will also be available.
Applications are to be submitted online first at http://www.uos.ac.kr/ and further details will be provided upon online submission. Application deadline is November 19, 2015.
Further information can be obtained from the search committee of the department. Send your inquiry to
Prof. Eun Jip CHOI
Dr. Yanglai Cho, a founder of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), passed away on June 14, 2015 at the age of 82, of complications from pneumonia. Dr. Cho received his BS in Physics in 1956 from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. in 1966 from Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT). His distinguished career at Argonne began in 1967 after his early career as an instructor and research scientist at his alma mater, CIT. According to APS User News (Link to https://www1.aps.anl.gov/APS-
He is survived by his wife, Marion White and his sons Hyunjin Eugene, Hyunduk Adrian, and Hyunsung Elliot; daughter-in-law Janine Lanza and daughter-in-law emerita Karin Cho; and grandchildren Vincent, Brianna, Audrey, and Emmett Cho; Thomas O’Malley; and John-David Leitke.
- 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.