UAPB physics professor participates in international book fair


Miah Muhammad Adel, professor of physics and environmental sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, has two of his three books on display at the Ekushe Book Fair in Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of International Vernacular Day.

His first book is on the safest posture having the least risk for lightning strikes entitled “Sejday Abastan Bajraghat theke Paritran in Bengali”. Climate change has recently increased the lightning strikes in Bangladesh, a country where many people are outside in the open air at a time and results in a heavy death toll annually. Using the laws of electricity, Adel proves that prostration is the safest position to avoid lightning strikes. Earlier he published an article on this in Physics International in 2012.

The author’s second book is on water piracy at the upstream entitled “Jaladasyupana in Bengali”. He has portrayed the water piracy picture at the upstream of Bangladesh that has lost more than 60 percent of water resources in the Ganges basin. This is a heavy loss on the water resources that established and maintained her wetland ecosystem covering more than one-third of the country’s total wetlands (66 percent of the country). Also, he has mentioned water piracy in the Aral Sea basin, the Indus basin, and the Mekong basin in his book. This is an outcome of his decade-long research on South Asian water resources.

The author’s third book is on the integrated downstream effects from the upstream water piracy and is entitled “Treeteo Jibjagat in Bengali”. His second and the third books are an eye-opening for the upstream water pirates that bring irreparable and irreversible damages including species extinction in the downstream countries. Also, the books have lessons for the World Bank and other donor agencies and for policy makers and planners. His third book will be on display during the Bengali New Year’s Day Fair about a month later.

Adel has published many articles in refereed scientific journals and news media about the materials of the second and the third books.