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Dr. Sabieh Anwar at the 21st gathering of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences

Dr. Sabieh Anwar presented his ideas about experimental science in the Muslim world at the 21st gathering of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences. The meeting took place between 8 and 11 October 2017 in Konya, Turkey which is the final resting place of the celebrated poet Rumi.

Dr. Anwar presented interesting examples from history and traced the evolution of experiments and laboratories in the Muslim world. He emphasized the importance of developing tools and scientific instruments, cognate with theory and ideas. He presented an analysis of why many Islamic countries fall behind developing a culture that is amenable to the development of experimental science and practical knowledge. Laboratories are not just physical spaces, but also social hubs and have traditionally played an important, but often neglected role in the evolution of scientific knowledge and technology in the Muslim world. After the collapse of the post-colonial paradigm and the blossoming of a new international culture of science, a paradigm shift is required in how Muslim countries face the challenges of conducting meaningful science.
The Islamic World Academy of Sciences is an international academy that links up academies of science from the Islamic comity. The 21st conference was co-organized by the Turkish Academy of Sciences and Necmettin Erbakan University, Konya
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Government College Sahiwal visits Physlab

The Physics department of Government College Sahiwal visited the Physlab on Thursday 27th April 2017. The participants comprised of MSc/MPhil students, primarily from the first year, and their teachers. They were all led by the Assistant Professor Rehan Ahmedimg_6140

The session started off with a brief introduction about the Centre for Experimental Physics Education (CEPE) and its philosophy, the Physlab team opened doors to the various facets of laboratory and took the esteemed visitors through an exciting guided tour of the freshmen, junior and advanced laboratories. The students were highly encouraged to experience the existence of Physics around them through diverse and indigenously developed  experimental setups ranging from the study of energy conservation in two dimensions to extreme low temperature cryogenics experiments.

Through junior lab, the participants were guided through advance physics experiments relating to thermal oscillations, magnetic pendulum and the current on going project of developing a low field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer. Students were introduced to the use of modern data acquisition tools and the innovative domain of smart Physics through smartphones and video cameras. A quick flow of Physlab’s vivid demonstrations from electricity, magnetism and mechanics sparked excitement in the participants.

Finally, a tour through the advanced physics labs, in particular, the scanning electron microscope (SEM), the Magnetron’s sputtering machine and the Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) culminated into the completion of the one day tour of the Physlab. In the end, some words of encouragement and guidance for participants to pursue graduate studies at LUMS were discussed by Dr. Sabieh Anwar.

 

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The pearls of Syedanwala Higher Secondary School

Students from Syedanwala Higher Secondary School visited the Physlab on Monday 10th April 2017. It was a one-day experiential journey through Physlab’s exciting modes of vivid class demonstrations, lecture series, and hands-on practical work.img_5978

The students, primarily from the first year intermediate, and their teachers, brimmed with excitement seeing the demonstrations of concepts of charge and electricity, laser generated mathematical patterns and the skill of performing physical experiments with a camera.

This was followed by a guided tour through the advanced physics labs, in particular, the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and physical properties measurement machines. Students were given the mind-boggling view of brain tissue through the SEM.
Finally, participants were divided into groups and delved into real experiments. For example, they used timing devices to measure oscillations of a pendulum, observed the mechanism of crater formation on planets and the moon, observed resonance modes on taut strings and studied the dynamics of water discharge from an emptying cylinder.

In summary, it was an effort to encourage students to experience the joy of building and performing experiments and revealing that physics is not a discipline buried in dry books. It is alive!

The Syedanwala Higher Secondary School for girls in Kasur has well-equipped labs, a committed teaching faculty, and an inspiring academic environment. The Syed Babar Ali Foundation is providing residents access to affordable world-class high-quality education. The Physlab and its team comprising Azeem Iqbal, Umar Hassan and Obaidullah, led by Dr. Sabieh Anwar are also delightfully playing a part in enthusing a passion for science within the girls at the school.
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LUMS first Shell Eco Marathon Team

A team of 7 students from the department of electrical engineering at LUMS, participated in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, side-viewheld for the first time in Singapore. The competition was attended by around 22,000 people. The event took place at the Changi Exhibition Centre. The students were challenged to push, through the boundaries to build energy efficient vehicles. In total, 123 teams competed from across the Asia-Pacific region.  The team, called MotoLUMS, represented Pakistan and presented their prototype vehicle built using an aluminum frame with an in-house ‘carbon fiber’ top to compensate weight for fuel efficiency. The team successfully passed the “Technical and safety inspection” criterion.

The project operations were carried out under the supervision of Energy and Power Systems (EPS) cluster and Physics Lab at SSE, LUMS. The ten months project was mentored by Dr. Nauman Zaffar and Dr. Sabieh Anwar. The team was sponsored by ‘Descon Engineering’, c/o Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood.

 

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Physlab students ready for SpaceX Hyperloop Competition

The hyperloop is a highly innovative concept that involves high speed, affordable, efficient and safe transportation. The idea was float by is fifth mode of transport floated by Elon Musk in 2013, eventually, aims at transporting humans and freight at top speeds of 760 mph.

Last year Team HyperLUMS was the only team from Pakistan to have qualified for the highly prestigious “SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition“. Only 120 teams from a competitive pool of 1000+ teams from top-notch universities, including MIT and Stanford, made it to the SpaceX design weekend in the US to present their concept designs in front of the experienced panel of engineers from TeslaSpaceX and academia.

The team was exclusively covered by various international and national media. The team was covered by “Fortune” on their website: (http://fortune.com/2016/01/29/spacex-hyperloop-competition-2/), as well as locally covered by ProPakistani.pk, Express Newspaper and Express TribuneThe Tech and others.

This year, the team has formed a consortium of Pakistani universities called “Team Burraq” including LUMS, PIEAS, GIKI, NUST  hoping to make it all the way through with an improved design. If qualified, the team will build their pod and race it at SpaceX headquarters at Hawthorne, California, USA in the summer.head

 

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LUMS Physlab Prepares Pakistani Team for the ‘Physics World Cup’

In line with its mission to share expertise, resources and training in physics education with other institutions throughout the country, LUMS physics lab (PhysLab) recently hosted five budding scientists as they worked on ten interesting problems in preparation for the International Young Physicists’ Tournament 2016 to be hosted in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The event dubbed as the ‘Physics World Cup’ is a team-oriented scientific competition among secondary school students, where participants present their solutions to scientific problems they have prepared over several months and then discuss their solutions with other teams.

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The students were mentored by LUMS Physics faculty, Dr. Sabieh Anwar, lab instructors Umar Hasan and Azeem Iqbal while original equipment was especially built by Hafiz Rizwan for the students. This was during an intensive three month long period where these students were guided towards finding innovative and rigorous solutions to mind-baffling physical phenomena such as electric honeycombs, hot water geysers, rollers on rollers, magnetic trains, ultra-hydrophobic water, acoustic metamaterials and mechanical machines to generate random numbers.

The project is led by Dr. Farida Tahir of COMSATS’s Physics Department in Islamabad. The team includes:

  1. Khadija Niazi (LCAS)
  2. Muhammad Shaheer Niazi (LCAS)
  3. Shaheer Akhtar (LGS)
  4. Muhammad Ahad Butt (Karachi Grammar School)
  5. Aliza Shahid (LGS)

Treating science and physics as a common heritage, Physlab is definitely first of its kind in the country, which is breaking the barriers in knowledge sharing and has so far helped cultivate five physics laboratories in Pakistan outside LUMS

By Azeem Iqbal | News
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Stories from Physlab Studio 2015

A new paradigm in the undergraduate Physics teaching, where the students are given a hands-on opportunity to tread through the complete life-cycle of developing an experiment.

Click here to view stories from Physlab Studio 2015 

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