Kevin Pitts
Kevin T. Pitts

Kevin T. Pitts is the associate head of undergraduate programs and a professor at the University of Illinois.  He is an experimentalist currently active on the Collider Detector and muon g-2 experiments at Fermilab. Pitts became interested in advocacy during the 2007-2008 fiscal year when, as chair of the Fermilab executive user’s committee, federal funding for high energy physics was significantly cut.

During that time, Pitts worked with the APS DC office and authored a popular piece in the Chicago Tribune, led letter writing drives and participated in congressional visits. Currently, Pitts maintains a general physics outreach blog, which discusses policy among other topics. He recently published an op-ed in the Champaign Urbana News-Gazette discussing the need for a congressional “champion of science.” While not all op-eds reach lawmakers ears, Pitts said “I was encouraged to hear a response from my senator’s office” regarding his call for science champions.
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Editor: Alan Chodos

August/September 2012 (Volume 21, Number 8)

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Sam Aronson of Brookhaven Elected APS VP
Permanent Jobs Elusive for Recent Physics PhDs
APS Honors Thirty-Nine Minority Scholars
New Federal Limits on Travel Could Decimate Some Meetings
US Students Among the Best at International Physics Competition
Website Seeks Aid for Physicist Jailed in Argentina
Learning from Lindau: A Physics Meeting Like No Other
Media Fellows Follow Varied Career Paths
Letters to the Editor
The Back Page
Members in the Media
After Finding the Higgs Boson
This Month in Physics History
The Education Corner
Inside the Beltway
APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists
Focus on Advocacy