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Recent NSBP News and Accomplishments

  • 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.

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  • 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.

     

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  • NSBP Visions: LaNell Williams and Duane Valz.

    NSBP Visions squareThe NSBP Visions Seminar Series is designed to be a welcoming series of informal fireside chats highlighting a broad range of research ideas and topics. An NSBP member is paired with a seasoned scientist or thought leader from a different field (typically in science or technology) so that they may have a dialogue and find commonality in their differing opinions and interests. The purpose of these talks is to provide a platform for members to explore their research ideas, broaden their physics knowledge and network with professionals. Through this series, we aim to bring physics to the people: that is make physics accessible and understandable to the public. Moreover, as always, our mission is to continue to promote the image of the Black scientist and share our members’ excellence with the rest of the world.

    The first speakers for this series are LaNell Williams and Duane Valz. 

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  • Innovation Seminar Series September 29, 2020: Charles Brown

    Innovate Seminar Seriese - Charles Brown

    The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) is pleased to present Dr. Charles Brown as the next speaker for the NSBP ‘Innovate Seminar Series’! The Innovate Seminar Series is a new forum for NSBP members to share their research ideas and projects in a non-specialist way. Dr. Brown is an experimental quantum physicist, science communicator, and champion for increased Black American representation in physics. He is now a postdoctoral scholar and Ford Foundation fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. Special thanks to the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics for their continued support of the NSBP Innovation Seminar Series.

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Meet Our NSBP Student Council


  • Our Mission

    Our Mission

    Founded in 1977 at Morgan State University, the mission of the National Society of Black Physicists is to promote the professional well-being of African American physicists and physics students within the international scientific community and within society at large.

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  • Our Sections

    Our Sections

    There are 16 Physics Sections of NSBP. These sections help plan symposia at our annual conference as well as other meetings, workshops, and mini-courses. They help keep the general membership aware of new and ongoing funding for research and training in the respective sub-fields. Each section is a forum for networking and information exchanges including student advising and mentoring as well as research collaboration.

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  • Join NSBP

    Join NSBP

    Join NSBP. We want you to become a member a society of students, professionals, advisors, and friends who are working toward uniting physicist and astronomers in their pursuit of understanding matter and energy, and using that to benefit mankind.

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NSBP is the largest and most recognizable organization devoted to the growth, development, and advancementof the African-American physics community.