The Vice Chancellor of Michael and Cecilia Ibru University, Prof. Ibiyinka Fuwape has been awarded the Marshak Lectureship 2018. The award was conferred on her at the American Physical Society conference which held on April 14-17, 2018 at Ohio, USA.
Prof. Fuwape was nominated for the award by the Forum of International Physics (FIP). She presented a paper at the conference titled- Women in Physics in Nigeria and Other sub-Saharan African Countries: Progress and Challenges, which highlights the status of African women in Physics. While she credits the efforts of certain African governments in encouraging women’s involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), she notes that there are still a lot of difficulties to be overcome.
The Marshak Lectureship, endowed by Ruth Marshak in honour of her late husband and former APS president, Robert Marshak, is to provide travel support for physicists from “developing nations or the Eastern Bloc” invited to speak at APS meetings. APS units and committees that organize sessions at the APS March and April Meetings are invited each fall to submit nominations for the Marshak Lectureship.
The award had been won by Audrius Alkauskas of the Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology, Lithuania and Dr. Anton Khlopkov of the Centre for Energy and Security Studies, Russia.