The Division of Condensed Matter Physics is electing one Vice-Chair (who serves as Vice-Chair from 3/14-3/15, Chair-Elect from 3/15-3/16, Chair from 3/16-3/17, and Past Chair from 3/17-3/18), and three Members-at-Large (who serve on the DCMP Executive Committee). The candidates are listed below.
Please carefully review the candidate information. When you are ready, vote electronically using the personal URL provided in the email sent to you by APS. DCMP members without a valid email address registered with APS will instead be mailed a paper ballot.Candidates for Vice-Chair (vote for one)
- William Halperin (Northwestern University)
- Jeffrey Lynn (National Institute of Standards and Technology)
- Yvan Bruynseraede (University of Leuven, Belgium)
- David Grier (New York University)
- Frances Houle (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
- Joel Moore (University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
- Jeevak Parpia (Cornell University)
- Anatoli Polkovnikov (Boston University)
Present Position: John Evans Professor of Physics, Northwestern University
Education: Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University (1975); M.Sc. Physics, University of Toronto (1968); B.Sc. Mathematics, Queens University (1967).
Employment History: Director, Integrated Science Program Northwestern University (1998-2003); Chair, Department of Physics, Northwestern University (1990-95); John Evans Professor of Physics (2001-), Professor at Northwestern University (1975-); Resident Associate, Argonne National Laboratory (1979-85).
Principal Research Interests: Quantum liquids and solids, superfluid and solid phases of 3He; Superconductivity in cuprates, pnictides, heavy fermions; Quantum size effects in metallic nanoparticles; Behavior of materials and NMR in very high magnetic fields; Quasi one-dimensional molecular metals and magnets; Porous glasses, sandstones, ceramics, aerogels and cement pastes and the physics of fluids contained within.
Appointments: Chair, Fellowship Committee DCMP (2011); Invited testimony, Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, House Committee on Science and Technology (2010); Science Advisory Board, Academy of Science of Finland for the Center of Excellence, Aalto University (2009-); International Advisory Committee, High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei (2009-); Chair and Member, Steering Committee on Quantum Fluids and Solids (2009-13); Chair, 17th International Symposium Quantum Fluids and Solids (2009); Member at large, Executive Committee DCMP, American Physical Society (2008-2011); Editorial Board, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, Springer (2004-); Chair, External Advisory Committee for the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (2004-); Regional Editor for North America, New Journal of Physics, Inst. of Phys. (2002-2011); Chair, Users Committee, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory(2000); Editor, Progress in Low Temperature Physics, Elsevier (1995- ).
Honors: Fellow, American Physical Society (1995); Fellow, The Institute of Physics, (2004);Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1977-81); National Research Council Fellow (1967-68); Prince of Wales Prize, Queen's University (1967).
The Division of Condensed Matter Physics is the largest division of the American Physical Society and brings leadership with responsibility to the discipline of physics on a global scale. Within the DCMP membership and its executive committee, we promote the very best science, most importantly in our organization of the March meeting together with the Division of Materials Physics. I aspire to help ensure that this unique physics meeting be a platform for the highest quality of science, that it have broad representation over our diverse subfields without prejudice, that there be opportunities for graduate students, and finally that it develop its role in science education at all levels, most importantly with active international participation.
Present Position: NIST Fellow and CMP Team Leader, NIST Center for Neutron Research, and Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maryland.
Education: B.S. (1969), M.S. (1970), Ph.D. (1974); Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology.
Employment History: NIST Center for Neutron Research (1992-present), Consultant, NBS -> NIST (1977-1992); Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, 1976-1997, Adjunct Professor (1997-present); Postdoctoral Fellow, Brookhaven National Laboratory (1974-76); Predoctoral ORAU Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1972-74).
Principal Research Interests: Properties of superconductors, particularly magnetic superconductors; magnetic materials, phase transitions and spin dynamics; structure and lattice dynamics; neutron scattering and (some) x-ray scattering. Additional information available at http://www.ncnr.nist.gov/staff/jeff.
Other Professional Activities: APS: DMP Nomination Committee (2011-present), Chair, DMP (2004-2007), DMP Executive Committee (1999-2002), Chair, GMAG (1999-2002), Organizer, DMP Focus Topics. Treasurer, International Conf. Neutron Scattering (Toronto, 1997), Program co-Chair, American Conference on Neutron Scattering (2004); Springer Series Editor, Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics (1988-1999); member MRS, AAAS, ACS, ACA.
Honors: Distinguished Recipient—Presidential Rank Award (Obama, 2011); NIST Stratton Award, 2005 and 2013. Fellow of the APS (DCMP), Neutron Scattering Society of America, and Washington Academy of Sciences.
Condensed Matter Physics continues to be a vibrant and growing area of physics with an enormous breadth that ranges from fundamental emergent phenomena to discoveries that provide the foundation for current and new technologies. One of the central tasks of DCMP is to lead the organization of the March meeting, which is the premier meeting of APS for all of materials research, and my experience with the organization of the March meeting will be valuable in assuring that the meeting fulfills the needs of our community in showcasing new discoveries and exciting research. Because the breadth of Condensed Matter Physics transects many diverse areas of science and engineering, it is imperative to reach out to these communities with our common interests. It is especially important in the current funding environment to articulate the importance and significance of condensed matter physics research to the future wellbeing of the economy and the country. As a condensed matter physicist with broad interests, I will work diligently through the APS to promote the field of condensed matter physics to both policy makers and the general public. It would be an honor to serve the members of the Condensed Matter Physics community by representing our areas of research both within the APS and more generally.
Present position: Professor Emeritus of Physics, KU Leuven
Education: Ph.D., Physics University of Leuven (1967); MSc University of Leuven (1962)
Employment History: Emeritus professor of Physics and Member Board of Trustees, KU Leuven (2003-present); Professor of Physics at the University of Leuven (1973-2003); Research and Associate Fellow CERN, Switzerland (1967-1972)
Principal Research Interests: Solid-State Physics: the electrical, magnetic and optical properties of mesoscopic and nanoscopic systems, particularly at low temperatures and very high magnetic fields. Study in thin films, multilayers and superlattices of: superconducting Josephson phenomena, tunneling and vortices; superconducting/magnetic interactions; magnetic interactions. X-ray structural analysis and SPM techniques applied to surfaces and interfaces.
Other Professional Activities: Member Council European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), Grenoble (1988-1998); Member Editorial Board Phys. Rev. B (1991-1997); Member Board of Governors, Nuclear Research Center, Belgium (1991-present); Director Laboratory of Solid-State Physics and Magnetism, KU Leuven (1993-2003); Member Board European Physical Society EPS, Mulhouse (1997-2001); Member and Chairman ERC Panel, Brussels (2007-present); Chairman Investigator FCT Panel, Lisbon (2012-present);
Honors: Member Royal Academy of Belgium (1988-present); Chairman Belgian Physical Society (1989-1991); Fellow American Physical Society (1990-present); President Royal Academy of Belgium (1999-2001); Member European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Vienna (2001-present); Member Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Gothenburg, Sweden (2005-present); Recipient IUMRS SOMIYA Award together with Ivan K. Schuller of UCSD (2007)
The Division of Condensed Matter Physics represents the broadest range of physics and physics-adjacent research within the APS, and offers the opportunity to reach out to new fields and new problems. The DCMP has also the responsibility of exposing both its members and the APS at large to these opportunities. I believe that as a Division we need to promote a vision that encompasses fundamental science achievements and also the applications of that science that promote beneficial economic change. The DCMP must play a leadership role in featuring advances, challenges, and opportunities at the annual APS Meeting. Equally important for DCMP is the education of the public and public officials about the role of materials research and development for societal needs in the 21st century. The APS is becoming an international physics society which services many outside the United States. Encouraging active participation by non US scientists in the governance of the DCMP is therefore of great importance. I intend to concentrate my activities on the organization of sessions at APS Meetings, addressing major scientific issues and encouraging especially the participation of young international scientists in the activities of the DCMP. As a physicist with diverse interests, I would be honored to represent the international community within the APS and beyond, ensuring that DCMP represents and serves all its constituents.
Present Position: Professor of Physics, New York University
Education: Ph.D. Physics, University of Michigan 1989; A.B. Physics, Harvard College 1984
Employment History: Professor of Physics, New York University 2004-present; Chair, Department of Physics, New York University 2005-2013; Visiting Professor of Physics, ESPCI, France 2009-2012; Professor of Physics, University of Chicago 2002-2004; Associate Professor of Physics, University of Chicago 1997-2002; Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Chicago 1992-1997
Principal Research Interests: Soft condensed matter physics; Colloid science; Statistical physics; Optical micromanipulation; Holographic microscopy
Honors: Undergraduate teaching award, NYU (2013); Undergraduate teaching award, University of Chicago (2000); World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer (2005); Scientific American 50 (2003); Discovery Top 20 under 40 (2000); David and Lucile Packard Fellowship (1994-1999).
Other Professional Activities: arXiv moderator (soft-ph, dis-nn); International Program Committee (SPIE: Complex Light and Optical Forces) 2006-present; International Program Committee (10th International Conference on Laser-light and Interactions with Particles) 2013-2014.
The Division of Condensed Matter Physics spans an exceptional range of research, from biomaterials to vortex matter, from colloidal crystals to Wigner crystals, and more generally from solid state to soft matter. Among the most important roles for DCMP is to showcase the best and most stimulating advances in condensed matter physics at the March Meeting, and to recognize achievements in the field through Awards, Prizes and APS Fellowships. If elected, I will work to achieve the most representative coverage of the field at the March Meeting, and will foster outreach and educational activities that bring DCMP research into the K-12 classroom, and will continue to advocate for improved financial support for research in condensed matter physics.
Present position: Department Head, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (a DOE Energy Innovation Hub) and Staff Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, since 2013
Education: Ph.D. (1979) California Institute of Technology, B.A. (1974) University of California at Irvine, both in Chemistry
Employment History: Director of Strategic Initiatives, Chemical Sciences Division, LBNL (2011-2013), Manager, Materials Development, InVisage Technologies, Inc. (2009-2011), Research Staff Member, IBM Research Division (1980-2009), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, LBNL (1979-1980).
Principal Research Interests: Interfacial properties and transformations of thin film systems, particularly at the nanoscale, investigated using both experimental and simulation techniques.
Other Relevant Professional Activities: AVS Board of Scholarship Trustees (1990-1992); Chair (1995), Electronic Materials and Processing Division, AVS; Chair, Chemistry of Electronic Materials Gordon Research Conference, 1994; American Vacuum Society National Symposium Program Committee, EMPD Program Chair, 1994; Selection and Scheduling Committee, Gordon Research Conferences (1996-2002); General Councilor, American Physical Society (2002-2005); Chair, American Physical Society Task Force on Professional Ethics, Standards and Practices (2002-2003); Member of the Executive Board, American Physical Society (2004-2005); Member-at-large, Executive committee of the California Section, American Physical Society (2008-2010); Alternative Lithographic Technologies Program Committee, SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium (2008-2009); Member, American Physical Society Panel on Public Affairs (2009-2011); Member, Fellowship Committee, American Physical Society (2010-2012); Member, New Meetings Subcommittee, Materials Research Society (2012- present).
Honors: American Vacuum Society John A Thornton Memorial Award and Lecture (2009), American Institute of Chemical Engineers Northern California Section Research Project of the Year (1999), IBM Environmental Affairs Excellence Award (1998), Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (1996), Fellow of the American Physical Society (1992), IBM Outstanding Innovation Award (1990).
While many grand challenges remain in condensed matter physics of relatively simple systems, the growing importance of gaining a deep understanding of the underlying science of complex materials systems used in old and new technologies such as batteries, data storage, pollution management, nonvolatile memories and renewable fuels presents a new set of fascinating opportunities. The materials combinations and structure geometries lead to novel properties and emergent behaviors that remain to be fully described and understood. This is an area that requires a confluence of disciplines and approaches, and that will benefit from focused efforts in theory and new experimental methodologies. The results of such work will not only advance the frontiers of science, but may also have technological impacts. If elected as Member-at-large of the DCMP Executive Committee, I will work to enhance the Division’s programming in this field, and explore possible synergistic partnerships with other APS Divisions and Scientific Societies to establish leading edge forums for complex materials systems physics. I believe that this will be of interest to the broader APS membership, and serve the needs of physicists working in a wide range of institutions.
Present Position: Professor of Physics, UC Berkeley; Faculty Scientist, Materials Sciences Division, LBNL
Education: Princeton University, A.B. in Physics, 1995; MIT, Ph.D. in Physics, 2/2001.
Employment History: Fulbright Grantee, TIFR, 1995-1996; KITP Graduate Fellow, Fall 2000; Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff, Bell Labs Lucent Technologies, 2001; Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, 2002-2007; Associate Professor 2007-2011; Professor 2011-. Faculty Scientist, LBNL, 2002-.
Other Professional Activities: Editorial board service for Phys. Rev. B, JSTAT, and J. Phys. Cond. Mat. General member, Aspen Center for Physics, 2011-.
Honors: Kusaka Prize (Princeton University) 1994, 1995; Hertz Graduate Fellowship, 1996-2001; Hellman Fellow, UC Berkeley, 2003-2004; NSF CAREER awardee, 2003; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Visiting Fellowship, 2008; Simons Investigator (2013-).
Research Interests: My research in recent years has sought to understand new kinds of ordering and transport in solids. Examples include topological insulators and quantum Hall states, magnetic and superconducting nanostructures, and thermoelectric semiconductors and polymers. I enjoy applying methods originally developed in other areas of physics, such as conformal field theory and quantum information concepts.
Condensed matter physics continues to combine intellectual breadth and depth in a truly remarkable fashion. I enjoy observing how research on very basic and fundamental questions produces beautiful results and influences practical applications, and I hope to increase public perception of the beauty and utility of this field of science. An important motivation for such efforts is the desire to keep attracting talented young people into our field. Another motivation is that, in a time of budgetary stresses, taxpayers who understand and take pride in the science accomplished with their money will be more inclined to support future research. I will seek to ensure that the APS March Meeting includes a wide range of outstanding work at the frontiers of international condensed matter research.
Present Position: Chair and Professor of Physics, Cornell University
Education: Ph.D., Physics, Cornell University (1979); B.S., Physics, Illinois Institute of Technology (1973).
Employment History: Professor (1992-present); Associate Professor (1986-92), Cornell; Associate Professor (1984-86), Assistant Professor (1979-84) Texas A&M.
Principal Research Interests: Superfluids, superfluids under confinement, and with disorder, Micro and Nano mechanics, Physics of Graphene, glassy systems.
Other Professional Activities: Past Group Leader, Cornell Center for Materials Research (NSF); Organizer Quantum Fluids and Solids Conference, Ithaca NY (1994);
Honors: Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1981-85); Guggenheim Fellow (1993-4); APS Fellow (2004)
The Division of Condensed Matter Physics has the broadest and most committed membership in the APS. The research generated by its members is vital to society as a whole. Highlighting that research at the annual March Meeting from diverse areas that span theory and experiment, soft and hard condensed matter physics is one of the duties of the member-at-large position. Symposia should bring into focus new developments in as broad a reach of fields as possible, and should also provide a venue where young researchers can present their results. As Member-at Large I would also aim to communicate exciting research developments in our field via the APS to funding agencies, conventional and new media as well as government entities whose actions directly affect our funding. It is essential that the technological impact of our research endeavors (both basic and applied) on the economy not go unappreciated.
Present Position: Associate Professor of Physics, Boston University, since 2011
Education: Ph.D. (2003), Yale University, M.S. with honors (1998), Ioffe Institute (St. Petersburg, Russia).
Employment History: Assistant Professor of Physics, Boston University (2005-2011); Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University (2003-2005)
Principal Research Interests: Non-equilibrium quantum systems, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical physics, interacting cold atom systems, and quantum geometry.
Other Professional Activities: Organizer of various international workshops and conferences including a KITP program on quantum dynamics (2012), organizer of several invited and focus sessions for the APS March Meetings sponsored by DMR and DAMOP.
Honors: Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics (2012-2013), Sloan Research Fellowship (2009-2011), US Air Force Young Investigator Program Award (2006-2009).
Condensed Matter Physics currently undergoes rapid changes with new experimental and theoretical tools allowing researches to look into interacting systems in new regimes. In particular, there were significant breakthroughs in non-equilibrium systems. Those include pump probe experiments in strongly correlated materials, observation of new long-lived metastable phases following strong terahertz pulses, systems with strong light-matter interaction like polariton condensates, interacting cold atom systems in and out equilibrium. In parallel, there were rapid developments of new theoretical tools both numerical and analytical aiming at understanding equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems. It is crucial that DCMP keeps up with the rapid changes and integrates these new directions to more mature areas. Such integration will allow researches to have broader prospective on interacting systems and keep the broader community aware of important new developments. As a Member at large of the DCMP Executive committee I intend to actively participate in planning APS march meetings making sure that all exciting developments both in new and in mature field are adequately represented. I will also actively participate in selection of new APS fellows adhering to very high scientific standards such that DCMP continues to have long-term impact and high reputation to a broader scientific community.