Louisiana State University
Candidate for General Councillor
Jorge Pullin is the Horace Hearne Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Louisiana State University. His research interests center intheoretical gravitational physics, both in its classical and quantum aspects, including the application of numerical techniques.
He recently served as the chair of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the American Physical Society. His administrative experience also include serving as associate director of PennState's Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry and as co-director of the Horace Hearne Jr. Institute for Theoretical Physics at Louisiana State. He is a managing editor of International Journal of Modern Physics D and serves on the editorial board of and Living Reviews in Relativity and the New Journal of Physics and served on the board of Classical and Quantum Gravity. He is one of the US representatives at the International Committee for General Relativity and Gravitation.
He has received several distinctions, including Alfred P. Sloan, John S. Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, a Career Award from the National Science Foundation and the Edward Bouchet Award of the American Physical Society. He is also a corresponding member of the National Academies of Science of Argentina and Mexico and of the Latin American Academy of Sciences. He is a fellow of APS of the Institute of Physics (UK) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He got his doctorate in physics from the Balseiro Institute in Argentina in 1989.
I am honored to stand for election as a General Councillor of APS. Physics is clearly in a golden age. More than ever we can make predictions that are experimentally verified over a wider and deeper range of physical phenomena from the subatomic to the cosmos. In spite of this intellectual bonanza, funding for the field, enthusiasm for it in the general public and attraction of young talent to physics continue to be three outstanding challenges that affect the work of all physicists.
If asked to serve, I will do my best to help APS deal with those three challenges while sharing the intrinsic intellectual enthusiasm that physics generates in all of us. The physics community has a fundamental role in providing scientific leadership in the nation's issues. We need to continue to work on raising the overall level of U.S. science literacy, one aspect of which is to work on better attracting to the field untapped segments of our society. APS must continue its leadership role in enlightening the nation about the major benefits science in general and physics in particular bring to all of society.