Prof. Kofi Adu, a Fulbright Scholar from Pennsylvania State University-Altoona College, USA, has donated latest books on Introductory Physics valued at nine thousand four hundred US dollars ($ 9,400.00) to the Department of Physics.
Presenting the books, Prof. Adu who is an alumnus of the Department and the University of Cape Coast said he was glad to be back to campus to serve as a resource for both graduate and undergraduate students. He said the books cover the various spectrums of calculus and algebra based Introductory Physics and will provide the needed resources for the undergraduate students.
The Head of Department of Physics, Dr. George Amoako, who received the books on behalf of the Department and the University thanked Prof Adu for the donation. He said the books would go a long way to enhance teaching, learning and research work.
Present were Dr. Benjamin Anderson of the Department of Physics and the Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, Prof. David K. Essumang.
Prof Kofi Adu’s Activities as a Fulbright Scholar at Department of Physics
In an interview, Prof Adu indicated that he would be spending nine months at the Department of Physics engaging the Faculty in the Department, School of Physical Sciences as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CANS) to collaboratively develop a new programme. He would be working with Faculty in specific departments within CANS to create an MPhil and Ph.D degree programmes in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology with emphasis on harnessing the novel innovations technologies in addressing some of the “real world” socioeconomic and scientific challenges in the country.
Prof. Adu also said, currently he is teaching one undergraduate level course, special theory of relativity and one postgraduate level course Solar Cells and Thin Film Technologies. In addition, he is conducting research with faculty in the Department and serving as an adviser to some Ph.D candidates.
The Fulbright Scholar said another mission he had begun championing was to get more women to pursue Physics at the undergraduate, masters and the Ph.D levels. He indicated that “starting the 2019/20 fiscal year, I will institute a one-time GH ¢ 2, 000 scholarship per student to support women who will be accepted to the department to pursue their Ph.D and award three female undergraduates who maintain a Cumulative Grade Point of 2.85 or higher with GH ¢ 500 on a semester basis. The best graduating female Physics student would receive GH ¢ 500 during congregation,” he noted. He explained that all these scholarships/grants were to motivate more women to enter into the field of Physics. He is also providing a one-time support of GH ¢ 4000 for a candidate to enroll in the Ph.D program in the department.