Shadia Rifai Habbal…. A Syrian Professor Excels in Solar Physics

Shadia Rifai Habbal, is a professor of solar physics at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. She was born in Homs, Syria and got a bachelor’s degree in physics and math from the University of Damascus. She continued her education and earned a master’s and a doctorate degree in physics from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA in 1977.

She worked as a researcher for one year at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder (1977-1978), then she was appointed as a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at the University of Space Physics and stayed for more than two decades. She received a professorship chair at the University of Wales in Britain in 2000, and in 2002 she was appointed editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research, Department of Space Physics.

Syria Won Bronze Medal and Appreciation Certificate in the First Cyberspace Mathematical Competition

The Syrian Scientific Olympiad team won a bronze medal and  an appreciation certificate  at  the first international cyberspace Mathematical Competition ( CMC ) which was organized  via the internet  on July  the 13th and 14th by  the  American Mathematical  Society  ( AMS ). 

The Distinction  and Creativity Agency  stated in a statement to SANA  that the bronze medal was won by student Al-Hussein Hayyan Khalil of the 11th grade  from  “Fahim Muhammad” Secondary School in Tartous  governorate, while the Certificate of Appreciation was gained  by Alaa Eddin Ahmed  of the 11th grade from  Al-Basel Secondary School for Outstanding Students in Aleppo province.

Syrian students participate in European Olympiad for Physics

Damascus (ST): With the participation of Syria, the World European Olympiad for Physics for pre-university students started with participation of Syria and 56 states from Europe and other parts of the world.

The competitions include two rounds, each one lasts for five hours during which theoretical and practical computerized tests on the axes of static electricity,  static magnetism, mechanics, thermo-mechanics and nuclear physics are done.

The Syrian team comprises of five students: Omar Borhani and Bashir al-Refa'e from al-Sa'adehSchool in Damascus, Yahya Ibrhim from al-BasselSchool for Distinguished Students, Damascus,Abdullah al-Hisni from Al-Andalus Private School,Damascus and Mohammad Abu Wardan from the School of Distinguished Students in Aleppo.

33 scientific and research projects by students of the National Center for the Distinguished at the 11th Science Conference

With the participation of 198 male and female students who collaborated in presenting 33 scientific research projects in the basic scientific disciplines, the 11th scientific research conference was launched today at the National Center for the Distinguished. The Conference represents an important scientific station within the strategy of the Excellence and Creativity Authority in building generations distinguished in specialized sciences and creative in innovation.

 The two-day conference focuses on the sciences of “mathematics, physics, chemistry, informatics and biology,” according to Dr. Muthanna Al-Qubaili, Director of the National Center for the Distinguished, the conference aims at teaching students the basics of scientific research and work within a team. 

Al-Qubaili pointed out that the conference also aims to develop time management skills and the way of presenting the project before the competent arbitration committee by team members for each project within 15 minutes. The conference includes some huge scientific projects that take two years to complete.

The Agricultural Research Center in Tartous succeeds in growing Aerobic rice

TARTOUS, (ST)- The Agricultural Research Center in Tartous has announced that the experiment of growing aerobic rice succeeded for the first time in Syria. The experiment was conducted at Zahed Research Station where seeds are to be produced and handed over to the General Organization for Seed Multiplication (GOSM) in order to be distributed to farmers in Sahel Akkar (Akkar Plain) next year.

 Aerobic rice is a drought resistant kind of rice with a good grain yield.

According to Dr. Sameer al-Ahmad, member of the Zahed station's staff, the experiment for growing aerobic rice in the station started in 2015 through testing 19 types of rice. Only four varieties have been selected in accordance with the climatic conditions and the nature of the soil in Sahel Akkar.  He clarified that the selected varieties of rice were cultivated on May 17, 2020 in an area of 100 square meters for each type.