Postal Address: Prof. E. J. Downie Physics Department The George Washington University 725 21st Street NW Washington DC 20052 USATelephone: +1 202 994 3081
Fall Semester 2012: Teaching Physics 11
Spring Semester 2012: Taught Physics 6510: Communication in Physics
Spring Semester 2011: Oberassistent Experimentalphysik IV: Kernphysik, JGU Mainz, Germany
Fall Semester 2010: Oberassistent Physik fuer Naturwissenschaftler, JGU Mainz, Germany
My research is mainly based at the MAMI accelerator of the Institut fuer Kernphysik at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany.
There, as part of the A2 Collaboration, I research the structure and behaviour of the nucleons (protons and neutrons) and other nuclei.
The main focus of my research, at present, is Compton Scattering on the proton. We have performed the first in a series of polarised Compton Scattering measurements on the proton, using a circularly polarised photon beam and a transverse polarised target, which is currently under analysis. We are preparing for the next round of experiments with linearly polarised photons on a liquid Hydrogen Target, which should take place at the end of 2012 / beginning of 2013.
I am currently looking for a postdoc who would be based in Mainz and a PhD student, based at GW, to participate in the experimental program. We also take a troupe of Summer undergraduate and graduate research students to Mainz every Summer to perform hardware and software work on the detector, experimental simulation, and to participate in the running experiments. For more information, feel free to contact me at edownie(at)gwu.edu.
Born and bred in Springwells, one of the less salubrious areas of Blantyre, Scotland, as one of four children. I attended Auchinraith Primary School, then recieved an assisted place and a scholarship to attend Hamilton College. Directly after this, while completing my HNC in Information Tecnology and Computing Systems and selling car insurance part time, I spent a very informative year at Anniesland College. This was followed by a Summer in the USA selling books door-to-door on a commision only basis. After which I began my studies at the University of Glasgow earning a Masters in Science in Physics in 2002, followed by my Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in 2007.
I then did a year in Glasgow as a Postdoc with the PANDA Collaboration, but returned to my first love as a postdoc with the A2 Collaboration in August 2008. In August 2010 I recieved a Carl Zeiss Stiftung Postdoctoral Fellowship, which ended in January 2012 when I recieved the call to The George Washington University for an Assistant Professorship.
Years of temp work in the summers leading upto my academic career have taught me much about management (often how not to do it :-)) and people in general, and made me eternally grateful for an education system which allows one to choose who you want to become and what you want to achieve. This is what I wish for my students: that they realise that education comes with a responsibility: to whom much is given, of him shall much be required. Oh, and that he who asks a question is a fool for five seconds, he who asks no questions is a fool for the rest of his life. Engage, become enthused, inspired and also (sometimes) exasperated and exhausted because everything worthwhile costs something to achieve!