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The Overseas Chinese Physics Association (OCPA) was founded in 1990. OCPA is a non-political, non-profit, professional organization. The chartered goals of OCPA are to promote physics research in general and also to promote recognition of achievements by ethnic Chinese physicists in particular.
OCPA members hail from all disciplines of physics, and spill over into astronomy, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer sciences and mathematics. It includes scientists from universities, government and industrial labs.
OCPA administers two awards each year. The Outstanding Young Researcher Award (OYRA) is given annually to a physicist of Chinese ethnicity working outside Asia. The Achievement in Asia Award (Robert T. Poe Prize) (AAA) is given annually to a physicist or a team of physicists of Chinese ethnicity working within Asia. The winners of these two awards, selected by panels of distinguished physicists, include many outstanding physicists in our community.
We are pleased to report that both the OCPA Outstanding Young Researcher Award and the Achievement in Asia Award (Robert T. Poe Prize) have continued to attract candidates of excellent caliber. The remarkable rapid rise to professional eminence by winners of the OCPA OYRA and AAA awards also highlights the success of the OCPA programs.
In this meeting, we shall recognize the OYRA winners for 2007 and 2008. They are:
2008: Ho Bun Chan, Univ. of Florida
2008: Feng Wang, Univ. of California, Berkeley
2008: Congjun Wu, Univ. of California, San Diego
2007: W. Vincent Liu, Univ. of Pittsburgh
For more information see http://www.ocpaweb.org/new/.
* Chien-Peng Yuan is President of OCPA and Professor at Michigan State University
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