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New Staff Brings Expertise to APS Meetings, Education, Outreach

staffThe APS has added three new key staff members to further support its meetings, education and outreach programs. Kevin Aylesworth, former APS general councillor and Congressional Fellow, joined the Society in November as an assistant to the APS Director of Education and Outreach, Ramon Lopez. Donna Baudrau replaced Michael Scanlan as APS meetings manager in March. And Sherrie Preische has been hired as an assistant to the executive officer, presently focusing on organizing the upcoming APS Centenary and various other projects.

Aylesworth received his PhD in physics from the University of Nebraska in 1989, specializing in the magnetic and structural properties of magnetic thin films and multilayers. He spent two years as a postdoctoral associate at the Naval Research Laboratory and then worked as a technical assistant/paralegal for an attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts, worked as an independent consultant, and was an APS Congressional Fellow. He was the recipient of the 1996 APS Forum Award for founding the Young Scientists Network in May 1990, which had a membership of over 3,000. He was elected to the APS Council in 1993 after a successful write-in campaign placed him on the ballot.

A certified meeting professional who has managed conventions, meetings and exhibit shows for almost 19 years, Baudrau comes to the APS from the American Society for Parenteral and Entertal Nutrition, where she was director of conventions and exhibits. Prior to that she was a conference coordinator for the American Health Planning Association in Washington, DC. "I'm looking forward to making a contribution to the APS, ensuring that its meetings and exhibits run like a Swiss watch, and that we are doing our best to serve the members and meeting attendees," she said.

Preische received her B.A. in physics from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and her PhD from Princeton University in 1995, with a doctoral thesis in plasma physics. She spent the following year and a half at the Tore Supra tokamak in Cadarache, France, on a postdoctoral fellowship from the French Foreign Ministrys, where she continued her research on ECE measurements during rf experiments on the tokamak. She is an elected member of the APS Division of Plasma Physics Executive Board, and was a co-organizer of the first Open House associated with the annual DPP meeting, in 1994.

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Editor: Barrett H. Ripin