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APS 2020 Award Winners

2020 has been a banner year for awards given to Black physicists. Here is a partial list of some of the most recent awardees from APS and IEEE

  • Monika Schleier-Smith
  • William M. Jackson
  • Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
  • Peter J. Delfyett, Jr.
  • Anderson Sunda-Meya
  • Samson A. Jenekhe
  • Herbert Winful
  • Monika Schleier-Smith

    Monika Schleier-Smith is the 2021 winner of the I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. This prize is meant to recognize and encourage outstanding research in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics by investigators who have held a Ph.D. for no more than 10 years prior to the nomination deadline.

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  • William M. Jackson

    William M. Jackson is the 2021 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize Recipient. The citation reads: "For outstanding contributions to fundamental chemical physics and spectroscopy associated with asteroids and comets, and for exemplary teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as lifelong service and inspiration to a diverse community."

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  • Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is the 2021 Edward A. Bouchet Award Recipient. The citation reads: "For contributions to theoretical cosmology and particle physics, ranging from axion physics to models of inflation to alternative models of dark energy, for tireless efforts in increasing inclusivity in physics, and for co-creating the Particles for Justice movement."

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  • Peter J. Delfyett, Jr.

    Peter J. Delfyett, Jr. is the winner of the APS Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science. This prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.

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  • Anderson Sunda-Meya

    Anderson Sunda-Meya is the 2021 Excellence in Physics Education Award Recipient. The citation reads For multifaceted support and inspiration to students and faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, robust physics outreach to the New Orleans region, and sustained commitment to recruiting, retaining, mentoring, teaching, incorporating service learning, and conducting research with African American physics students."

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  • Samson A. Jenekhe

    Samson A. Jenekhe is the winner of the 2021 Polymer Physics Prize Recipient. The citation reads: "For pioneering and sustained outstanding contributions to the synthesis, photophysics, and structure-morphology-performance relationships in semiconducting polymers for electronic and photovoltaic applications."

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  • Herbert Winful

    Prof. Herbert Winful received the IEEE Photonics Society Quantum Electronics Award “for pioneering the field of nonlinear optical periodic structures and for foundational contributions to nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor laser arrays.”

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Additionally, there have been a number of Black physicists that have been elevated to fellow status within APS, Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Morgan State University designated a Historic Site by APS

American Physical SocietyEvery year, the American Physical Society (APS) recognizes a select number of sites in the United States where important events in the history of physics took place. In September 2020, Morgan State University, the birthplace of NSBP, has been designated a Historic Site by the American Physical Society (APS). The citation reads:

On April 28, 1977, Morgan State University became the birthplace of the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Its founders sought to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists within society at large and within the international scientific community. They have successfully mentored young Black students to increase their representation in physics and technology. Their persistent professional devotion to inclusion has produced the largest national organization that actively supports African American physicists.

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2020 Conference T-Shirt Design Winner

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Congratulations to Samantha O'Sullivan for her winning design of the NSBP Conference T-shirt contest. Samantha O’Sullivan is a Junior at Harvard University concentrating in Physics and African-American Studies. She is also a member of the NSBP Student Council.  Her award winning design will be distributed on the traditional conference t-shirt to our student and professional conference attendees. For her winning design, Samantha will receive a prize from NSBP. Congratulations Samantha for your winning design and thank you to all of the people that submitted designs for the contest.

 

NSBP/HGS Mentoring Program

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The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and the Harlem Gallery of Science (HGS) announce the NSBP/HGS Mentoring Program directed at increasing educational resources in physics and mathematics available to middle and high school students in Harlem, Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. The program pairs student members of NSBP with students in these low-income communities of color.  NSBP students will serve as mentor and  role models.  NSBP students can play similar roles in afterschool (and before-school) programs to provide structured learning and structured environments when students are not scheduled to be in school. In addition to the educational resources these NSBP student members provide, they also serve as role models as many come from similar communities and family situations as do the students.

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NSBP/SAO EHT Scholars Program

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Cambridge, MA (September 16, 2020)— The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) today announced the formation of the NSBP/SAO Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Scholars Program, creating opportunities for early career physicists from underrepresented backgrounds to engage in cutting-edge black hole research. The NSBP/SAO EHT Scholars Program opens new research pathways for underrepresented young physicists. Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory partners with National Society of Black Physicists to launch annual research internship and recruitment opportunity.

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Peter Delfyett wins the 2020 William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award

Delfyett 20161104Dr. Peter Delfyett, former NSBP President and NSBP fellow, is the 2020 winner of the William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award. The William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award was established to recognize an exceptional single scientific contribution which has had a significant impact in the field of lasers and electro-optics in the past ten years. Dr. Delfyett has been selected, "For pioneering contributions to semiconductor diode based ultrafast laser science and technology." The Award is endowed by Xerox Corp and Spectra Diode Labs. The Award consists of an honorarium of $2,500 and a medal. The presentation is made at the IEEE Photonics Conference.

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