Anthony F. Starace
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Candidate for Chair-Elect, Nominating Committee
Biographical SummaryAnthony F. Starace is George Holmes University Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his bachelor's degree at Columbia College of Columbia University (1966, Cum Laude), his master's and doctorate at the University of Chicago (1967, 1971), and did his postdoctoral work at Imperial College, London (U.K.). Starace's expertise is in theoretical AMO physics, and in particular the fields of attosecond physics, intense laser-atom interactions, and ultrafast atomic and molecular processes. He is a Fellow of both APS and AAAS. He has earned the University of Nebraska's highest honor for research, the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (2005); was named "Outstanding Referee" by APS (2008); and has received both Sloan Foundation (1975-79) and Humboldt Foundation (1979-80, 2006) Fellowships.
Starace has served the APS as Associate Editor, Reviews of Modern Physics (1995-2006); as a Member of the Editorial Board, Physical Review A (1993–1999); as Member and Chair of the APS Publications Oversight Committee (2010-2013); as Co-Chair of the Local Committee of the 2005 APS DAMOP Meeting in Lincoln, NE; as a Member of the APS Task Force to Review Physical Review A (1996-97); as Chair of the APS Task Force to Review Reviews of Modern Physics (1992–93); as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) (1989–92); as a Member of the APS Committee on Investments (1994-97); and as Chair of the Theoretical AMO Community (TAMOC) (1986-89). His other significant external service includes: Member, Scientific Advisory Board of the Max Planck Institute on the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden (2008-2016); Co-Organizer of the Program "Frontiers of Intense Laser Physics," Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)-Santa Barbara (July-September 2014); Chair, International Coordinating Board, Workshop on Attosecond Science – Exploring and Controlling Matter on Its Natural Time Scale, KITP China, Beijing (May 2011); Co-Organizer, Attosecond Science Workshop, KITP-Santa Barbara (July – September 2006); Chair, Review Committee for Beamline 10.0.1 at the Advanced Light Source (ALS), LBNL (2001); Committee of Visitors, Physics Division, NSF (2000); Member and Chair, Advisory Board, Harvard-Smithsonian Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics (ITAMP) (1993-6).
In addition to his external professional service to the physics community, Starace has also held managerial positions at The University of Nebraska. He served as Chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1984-1995. He also held interim positions as Associate Dean for Science Research in the College of Arts and Sciences (2000-2001) and as Sr. Associate to the Vice Chancellor for Research (2000-2001).
The American Physical Society and its membership are facing many challenges. The core of the APS and the source of most of its funds is its publications operation, which faces increased demands for open access as well as increased competition from much more narrowly-focused journals. The membership of the APS meanwhile has already had to adjust to a decade of essentially flat Federal research funding and is likely to face increasingly stiff competition for scarce funding in the future. Society as a whole, meanwhile, is confronted increasingly with issues having significant scientific components at a time when the scientific education of our youth is failing to keep up with that provided to the youth of some of our major international competitors.
Owing to my recent service on the APS Publications Oversight Committee, as well as my service as Associate Editor of RMP and as a member of the Editorial Board of PRA, I am well-acquainted with the many publishing and associated financial issues facing the APS at present. Over the course of my career, I have also become knowledgeable of APS's many educational, international, and societal activities. As Chair-Elect of the APS Nominating Committee my aim in selecting nominees would be to ensure the continued excellence of APS's many activities and advocacies. I regard nomination for APS office as not only an honor and but also a responsibility. If elected, I will therefore seek candidates for APS offices who are not only excellent physicists but who are also committed to serving the APS well.