I am in India to teach physics to Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Nuns through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative (ETSI). This is my 4th summer teaching in this program, and I will be returning to Drepung Loseling Monastic Institute, located in the south of India (in Karnataka). This year I will be teaching the 3rd year curriculum to the monks, which covers matter, heat/thermodynamics, and waves. I taught the same material last year. After teaching the monks, I will be covering the 2nd year material (Mechanics) with the nuns.
I am very pleased to be presenting work at the International Conference on Monte Carlo Techniques for Medical Applications (MCMA2017), October 15- 18 in Naples, Italy. I am speaking in the “Monte Carlo applications in microdosimetry” section on Tuesday (full presentation info below). This is my first time attending this conference, but the research topics are a great match to my interests.
My paper “Monte Carlo Simulations Support Non-Cerenkov Radioluminescence Production in Tissue”, written with Federico Boschi and Antonello E Spinelli, has been accepted to the Journal of Biomedical Optics. This paper covers research that I performed this spring, while on leave at Ospedale San Raffaele, in Milan.
This is my 3rd year teaching monks through the ETSI program, but this is the first year that a separate course was held for nuns. I was very fortunate to be selected to stay longer in India to co-teach the first year physics curriculum with Prof. Heidi Manning. This program will continue for a few years, and I hope that I will again have the opportunity to teach the nuns!
A video on the nuns is available below (made by wonderful on-site professional videographers!)
On February 3rd I gave a talk at Oxford Univeristy, titled “Cherenkov Radiation: New Applications in Oncology”