Teaching Monks and Nuns in India

2019 was my 5th year traveling to the South of India, where I taught Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns as part of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. This unique opportunity is one of the highlights of my year, not only for the amazing classroom experience, but also for a precious cultural experience. Every year I have returned to the Drepung Loseling Monastery (now at the Meditation and Science Center), so I have been able to create ongoing friendships with the staff, translators, instructors, and monastics there.

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ETSI: In India

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.

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Speaking at the International Conference on Monte Carlo Techniques for Medical Applications

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.

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Paper Accepted!

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.

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Teaching Nuns through ETSI


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!)