Laura H. Greene

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Biographical SummaryLaura Greene  

Laura H. Greene is a Swanlund and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Associate Director for the Center for Emergent Superconductivity.  She received her BS from Ohio State, worked at Hughes Aircraft, and then received her PhD in 1984 from Cornell. After nine years at Bell Labs and subsequently Bellcore, she joined the Physics faculty at Illinois.

Greene's service to APS includes Council, Executive Board, Committee on Committees, founding member of the Committee on Informing the Public (CIP), co-founder the new APS Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public (FOEP), nominating, fellowship, multiple prize committees, and is presently the Chair of the Division of Materials Physics (DMP).  Greene has served on the Sloan Fellowship Selection Committee and NSERC, and was recently elected to the AAAS Board of Directors.  She chairs the Board of Governors for the International Institute for Complex and Adaptive Matter (I2CAM), has served on the Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA), and the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC).  Greene works with COACh to increase the number and career success of women scientists in developing nations, has served on the IUPAP C5 commission (low temperature physics) and is presently on C10 (structure and dynamics of condensed matter), while on their US Liaison Committee. Greene has been a visiting scientist in Orsay, UCI, and Cambridge, and has co-chaired and advised numerous international conferences.   Her various editorial positions include Reports on the Progress in Physics (editor-in-chief), Philosophical Transactions A, and Current Opinions in Solid State & Materials Science (COSSMS). Greene is a member of the NAS, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Institute of Physics (FInsP), AAAS, and APS.  Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the E.O. Lawrence Award for Materials Research, the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, and the Bellcore Award of Excellence.

Research Interest

Greene's research is in experimental condensed matter physics investigating strongly correlated electron systems.  Much of her research focuses on fundamental studies to determine the mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity by planar tunneling and point contact electron spectroscopies, and on developing methods for predictive design of new families of superconducting materials.  In the quest for these long-term goals, spectroscopic studies of the electronic structure of heavy fermions, unconventional superconductors, and other novel materials that show strong electronic correlations are performed. Studies of superconducting proximity effects on novel normal-state and superconducting materials are also done.  Another long-term goal is in improving the current carrying capabilities of high-temperature superconductors for impacting a variety of applications, with a focus on those impacting superconductivity for energy storage, production, and transmission.

Candidate Statement

My focus in the APS presidential line would be in three intertwined directions that together play key roles in the advancement of science, education and societal impact:  sustained funding for fundamental and applied research – including stronger partnerships among universities, national laboratories, and industry; public outreach and engagement of science; and increased diversity in our global scientific interactions, particularly with developing countries.

When funding is not sustained, lost resources, especially in personnel, may not be recovered:  Ramifications of sequestration have been estimated to exist over the next decade.  If our population understood and showed support of the importance of fundamental and applied research for our 21st century global technological challenges, our political leaders would have to be more sympathetic. I have a long, sustained history of public engagement of science and presently am an active member of the GSEE (Global Science Education and Engagement) group, now working to start a journal on the science of public engagement.  It is vital to be concomitantly working internationally with general populations and scientists, particularly in developing nations where there remain tremendous untapped human resources.  My commitment to this is evidenced through my work with numerous scientific societies in this area and as a supporter of Amnesty International for decades.   My passion for science is only rivaled by my passion for increasing its human diversity, not only from the human rights perspective, but also for the global gains in our advancement of fundamental and applied physics.  I plan to use my diverse national and international experiences to enable APS growth in stature from a scientific, educational, and diversity point of view.  Furthermore, I will work to foster new and diverse associations and initiatives, with industry and internationally, that will empower APS to meet the current and future needs of our membership and as we grow into an ever greater physical society.

"Sustained and increased funding for fundamental and applied research can be engendered by public engagement:  As politicians vote supporting their constituents, APS must take a leadership role in promoting that engagement.  Our technological challenges for the 21st century exist on a global scale, and enhancing our partnerships with industry and international exchanges will facilitate our tapping into vast, undiscovered, human resources."

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