Update: Peer Program to Connect Young Researchers
Find peers researching Electronic Structure!
We are starting a Peer Program to help connect young researchers in Africa and the US. Our hope is that peers will meet virtually to discuss their research interests with people outside of their usual circle.
Peer meet-ups will run from March 15, 2021 to June 30, 2021, after the APS 2021 March Meeting mini-workshop and the planned workshop planned at EAIFR June 14-18, 2021. Peer meet-ups can be conducted over the phone or virtually. We also plan to host monthly meet-ups for all peers.
About the U.S.-Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure
The U.S.– Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure (USAfri) aims to create a platform for exchange between African and U.S. physicists with opportunities to have a major impact on research and education in Africa. Electronic Structure is a natural choice because it is an essential part of research with applications in many fields, and there is a network of capable researchers in Africa generated by sustained efforts over the past 10 years.
The U.S.-Africa Initiative in Electronic Structure is supported by of the Innovation Fund of the American Physical Society: Inaugural Winners Selected Fall 2019 (Volume 28, Number 8)
USAfri is partnering with several groups focused on physics in Africa:
The American Physical Society supports the Initiative by of the APS Innovation Fund. Read the announcement of the Inaugural Winners Selected, August/September 2019 (Volume 28, Number 8)
The East African Institute of Fundamental Research (EAIFR) is the center for the African component of our initiative. AIFR is poised to be an important physics hub in Africa. It is a category 2 UNESCO Institute affiliated with the ICTP with the goal of carrying out research and discoveries for African development and advancement with MSc, Ph.D., and visiting scientist programs, and short courses and workshops.
The National Society of Black Physicists plans to increase its involvement in Africa, connecting scientists and students on the two continents through the USAfri Initiative.
The University of Illinois and the Physics Department also support the USAfri Initiative.
For 2021-2022, USAfri is developing two workshops, a mini-workshop at the APS 2021 March Meeting one where participants meet one another virtually to identify common interests, and one in June 2022, to be followed by individual visits of Africans to research groups and user facilities in the U.S. to further develop potential working relationships.
The USAfrica Initiative Project Leaders are:
Omololu Akin-Ojo (EAIFR) is a condensed matter physicist from Nigeria and directs the ICTP-East African Institute for Fundamental Research.
Sinead Griffin (Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory) is a Staff Scientist and leads a research group based in Materials Science Division and Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab.
Richard Martin (University of Illinois and Stanford University) is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Illinois and a Consulting Professor in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University.
Renata Wentzcovitch (Columbia University) is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering in the Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics Department, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
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