APS Members Elect Helen Quinn as Society’s Next Vice President
Members of the APS have chosen Helen Quinn of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center to be the Society's next vice president. Quinn is the fourth woman to be elected to the presidential line in the Society's 102-year history, following C.S. Wu of Columbia University in 1975, Mildred Dresselhaus of MIT in 1984, and current APS Vice President Myriam Sarachik (City College of New York), who will assume the role of president-elect next year when William Brinkman of Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies becomes president. Quinn will assume the APS presidency in 2004, following Brinkman and Sarachik, who will be president in 2003.
In other election results, Susan Seestrom of Los Alamos National Laboratory will become chair-elect of the APS Nominating Committee, which will be chaired by Susan Coppersmith (University of Chicago) in 2002. The Nominating Committee selects the slate of candidates in the annual general elections, and its choices are then voted on by the APS membership. Elected as new general councillors were Frances Houle of IBM's Almaden Research Center and Gerald Mahan of the University of Tennessee. T. Maurice Rice of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology was elected to the new position of international councillor.
"I appreciate and accept the trust my colleagues have placed in me," Quinn said of her election. "I look forward to the challenge of helping provide good leadership to the APS over the next four years." A native of Melbourne, Australia, Quinn completed her PhD in physics in 1967 at Stanford and has been a permanent staff member of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center since 1979. She has made significant contributions to particle physics theory, for which she has received numerous honors.
Chair-Elect of the Nominating Committee
T. Maurice Rice