Professional societies play a key role in promoting the development of science, technology and education among other things. In view of this, the Ethiopian Physical Society (EPS) was founded on October 10, 1998 by Ethiopian physics professionals to enhance physics research and education, thereby contributing its share to the overall development of the country.
The objectives of EPS are:
Ø To promote physics education and research in the country;
Ø To organize and coordinate various conferences on physics education and exchange of scientific information;
Ø To popularize physics in order to make students develop interest in physics;
Ø To promote active participation of Ethiopian physicists and the general public in the design and implementation of the physics curriculum;
Ø To create a means for disseminating scientific information; etc. ...
In an attempt to meet these objectives, EPS has so far launched five National Conferences and issued six News-letters and one Conference Proceedings. The themes of the conferences held in the past raised important issues related to physics research, education and its applications in various fields. In view of the current growing interest in the area of sciences in Ethiopia, EPS's role undoubtedly is quite crucial for advancing physics research and education.
This year, EPS is preparing to launch its Sixth National Conference in the premises of Haramaya University, Department of Physics. The themes of the Conference are: physics and its applications in different fields; physics education at various levels; the 70 – 30 professional mix and its status with regard to physics education.
Message from the President of EPS
Dear Professor Belay Kassa
President of Haramaya University,
Dear other Invitees to this opening ceremony,
Dear Members of the Ethiopian Physical Society (EPS),
It gives me great pleasure to see all of you gather here at Haramaya University (HU) for this Sixth National Conference of EPS.
Greetings to all members of EPS on behalf of all the Executive Committee members. We are delighted that we anage to reach you, at least once in a year, through the Newsletter which we think is acting as a bridge between the EC members and you; the members of EPS.
Greetings to all members of EPS and readers! The current Newsletter is reaching you in time, as we did in the previous two consecutive years without interruption. With your support, we will continue to do the same in the future, too.
Dr Mulugeta Bekele:
Mulugeta Bekele, an associate professor of physics at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, has been awarded the Andrei Sakharov Prize by The American Physical Society (APS). The prize was established to recognize and encourage outstanding leadership and achievements of scientists in upholding human rights. The citation that appears on the prize certificate reads as follows:[Read more ...]
Prof Solomon Bililign:
Prof. Solomon Bililign received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from
President Obama on December 12, 2011 at the special ceremony held at the White House (USA).
Message from the President of The Ethiopian Physical Society
Dear Guests and participants:
Welcome to the Seventh National Conference our society is holding at Mekelle University. I thank the local organizing committee and the executive committee members of the Ethiopian Physical Society (EPS) for working to the level best to make this happen.
I hope the Conference will be fruitful and enjoyable. [Read Brochure ...]
Research in physics education and physics discussed (CCM, MU, Feb 04, 2013) The seventh national conference of Ethiopian Physical Society (EPS) was held at Mekelle University, Department of Physics, with the help of the Mekelle University and other sponsors from 2 to 3 Feb 2012. Many physicists of the nation met and discussed on research in physics and physics education. The themes of the conference were; “Research in physics and physics teaching, and physics applications”. [Read more ...]
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Our current issue guest is Dr Mesfin Tsige, who is presently an Associate Professor at the College of Polymer Science of the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, United States.
Can you please tell us a little about your childhood?
I was born in Kola Diba, North Gondar, but spent my childhood in Azezo, a small town close to the city of Gondar. After attending the traditional Ethiopian school known as “Qes temert bet”, I switched to the formal education system at a rather late age since I was registered as a first grade student at the age of 7. But I did not spend a lot of time in my first grade class. [Read more …]
The Soviet theoretical physicist Lev Davidovich Landau (1908-1968) developed a mathematical theory that explained the properties of superfluidity and superconductivity of helium at temperatures close to absolute zero.
Our guest for the interview is Dr Legesse Senbetu. He was a lecturer at Haile Selassie I University (HSIU): first at
Alamaya College and later at the Faculty of Science, Department of Physics. In 1971, he went to the USA for PhD study.
In this column of the Newsletter, we feature the biography of the British scientist, physicist, chemist and philosopher; Michael Faraday, who greatly contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.
The Newsletter guest for the current issue is Professor Vadim Mal’nev. He is from Ukraine (which was one of the Republics of the former Soviet Union). He worked at the Department of Physics of Addis Ababa University (AAU) as an Associate Professor during 1985 - 1990. In 1992 he came to Ethiopia for the second time as an external examiner of MSc students at the Department of Physics of AAU. Since 2007, he is working at the Department as a Professor of Physics. We thank Professor Mal’nev on behalf of our readers for his willingness for the interview to share his views and experiences. [Have a pleasant reading!]
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, (1932-2007) was a French physicist who has made tremendous contributions in soft matter physics and biological physics and has won the 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics. The article below is a review of his biography untitled “Pierre-Gilles de Gennes: A Life in Science” by M. Muthukumar that appeared in Physics Today, Volume 66, Number 1 dated of January 2013. Muthukumar is currently the Wilmer D. Barrett Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is recognized as one of the most influential theorists in polymer physics. He is also currently Associate Editor for The Journal of Chemical Physics. [Read more …]