African Physics Newsletter

Changes at APN

A letter from the editor-in-chief.

Dear Readers,

I once had the opportunity to ask a Vice President of Airbus, Jan van Toor, about what disruptive technologies, adopted now, would lead to the most employment opportunities in the future. I asked about South Africa, but the answer applies to Africa. His reply was: “Research in Basic Sciences.”

We have common traits as physicists, in every country in Africa. Among these are curiosity, critical thinking, originality, and the will to innovate. In this issue of the African Physics Newsletter, all of these are represented, from gamma-ray astronomy to installation of a cashew nut shell gasifier, from inventiveness to resilience under stress, from nanoscience to light.

New editor-in-chief

I’m handing over the baton of Editor-in-Chief to Professor Moses Jojo Eghan, who has been making such great contributions as an Editor for West Africa. He is currently the Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, having served in the past as the Coordinator of the Laser and Fibre Optics Centre, Head of the Department of Physics, and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

I think you would like to know that Prof. Eghan is a Regular Associate of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Honorary President of the Ghana Science Association, and the liaison officer for Ghana for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). He has served in many other capacities as well, and I hope that readers will make his life easy by flooding all the Editors with interesting and readable material for the next issue!

Authors and editors

Thank you to all the authors who have taken time to write to you, as readers, often in a heart-to-heart manner. To the Editors: many, many thanks for your creative late-night writing - and for your persistence as newshounds.

The APS publishers give their time free, and freely, to publish APN: your pro-bono work makes a difference a continent away, and we appreciate that immensely. The Advisory Board is composed of many of the colossal personalities of African Physics.

Handing over

Your engagement has been unstinting. Jim Gubernatis, as Chair of the Advisory Board, I thank you for everything from the support in tough decisions to the last debatable comma. You never, ever, gave up. From Africa, I thank you.

It’s been a joy and a privilege to serve in this capacity. Welcome, Prof. Eghan, I hope you have as much fun as I did! Over to you!

Prof. Igle Gledhill, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

This article has first been published by the African Physics Newsletter © American Physical Society, 2020.

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