Letter from the USAfri Committee
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.
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.
For 2020-2021, USAfri is developing two workshops, one in Africa where participants meet one another to identify common interests, and one a year later in the U.S. 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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