Volume 25, Number 1 January 1996
ELECTIONS OF THE FORUM ON PHYSICS AND SOCIETY
It is time for Forum members to elect their officers. This year, elections are held for vice- chair and two executive committee positions. Here we give biographies and statements by the single candidate for vice-chair and by the four candidates for the two executive committee positions. The committee had a long list of excellent candidates that it approached to accept a nomination for vice-chair. But all except one regretfully declined because of prior overcommitments. We are pleased that we were able to persuade an old friend of the Forum, William Colglazier, to accept "the call." A space is provided on the ballot for write-in candidates. Due to similar problems, the committee was only able to list three candidates for the two executive committee positions.
Priscilla S. Auchincloss, Executive Committee
Director of the Program for Women in Science and Engineering at the University of Rochester, and Senior Lecturer in the College and Research Associate in Physics at Rochester. PhD in experimental high-energy neutrino physics from Columbia University, 1987. Post-doctoral research on the collider detector at Fermilab, on the AMY collaboration (e+ e- collisions) at the KEK accelerator in Japan, and in the Fermilab neutrino program. 1990-91 APS Congressional Fellowship. Two-year term on the APS Panel of Public Affairs (1994-5). Since 1991, Project Director on several federally-funded programs for enhancing opportunities for women and girls in physics. Part of this work involves teaching in a cross-disciplinary area bridging women's studies, history, language, and science.
Statement: A valuable role of the FPS has been to provide a place for development, expression, and discussion of ideas which involve and affect physicists on many levels, but which lie outside the central domains of physics research practice. The Forum's function, through its newsletter, short-courses, conference sessions, and other activities, is both educative and supportive of its members' interests and involvements in helping to create solutions to complex social problems, problems which are sometimes perceived as being caused in part by science itself. To the concerns often addressed by FPS in recent years, such as international armaments and disarmament, global energy and environment, science ethics, and science versus anti-science, there is perhaps reason to invite a constructive perspective from women's and other socio-historical studies of the underlying connections between physics and society.
J.D. Garcia, Executive Committee
Professor of Physics, University of Arizona, currently a Visiting Scientist, National Science Foundation. Primary research interests have been collision theory and many- body theory, particularly time-dependent Hartree-Fock theory applied to collisions and to moving ions interacting with conduction electrons in solids. APS Fellow. Served one term on the Executive Committee of the Division of Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics. Served on and chaired the Committee on International Scientific Affairs and the Apker Award Committee. Served on the APS Panel on Public Affairs from 1990 to 1993. Currently on the FPS Programs Committee.
Statement: Given today's climate of uncertainty about jobs and an antiscience mood in the country, FPS is more important than ever as a vehicle for discussion of issues affecting the physics community, and to provide studies and information for the public on physics-related issues. Our Forum's varied program of workshops, study groups and short courses have been very good. We must make a stronger effort at getting even wider participation of the physics community in FPS activities and issues. I favor a visiting lectureship program, similar to that which other APS committees have, for featuring specific topics-of-the-year, to be made available to departments for colloquia and seminars. FPS should also maintain an updated list of people available to speak on specific topics. FPS already works closely with POPA. More publicity for Forum events, in addition to the great service now provided by the newsletter, is needed, and I would work on the Executive Committee to find new ways to do this.
Duncan Moore, Executive Committee
PhD University of Rochester, Institute of Optics. Major research interests: gradient- index materials, computer-aided design including design for manufacturing methods, the manufacture of optical systems, medical optics, and optical instrumentation. Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and former director, of The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optics at The Institute, and a member of the faculty since 1974. APS Congressional Fellow in l994, serving as science and technology advisor to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. Served as editor of Applied Optics and chair of the Hubble Space Telescope Independent Optical Review Panel. Fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers and the Optical Society of America. Authored over 80 articles in peer-reviewed publications. Currently President of the Optical Society of America.
Statement: It is time to integrate science, in a more meaningful way, into people's lives. To do this we must forego somewhat the theoretical in favor of everyday applications of science. Physicists must become more involved in the education of both Congress and the general public. For the past 50 years, science and technology were used mainly in the arms race, some would say to keep the peace. As a result, three generations of scientists were mostly disengaged from educational pursuits that would inform the public of the ways that science benefits us. Times have changed, and we now have a responsibility to make these connections. There are many ways to do this, including capitalizing on our expertise, especially by contributing our skills in the legislative arena. Legislative staff are responsive to new ideas. We should keep them informed on the latest scientific developments and their implications, educate ourselves on how the legislative process works in order to knowledgeably promote science, and become less parochial in our interests. Critical scientific and engineering decisions will be made throughout the next decade. For example, risk assessment, clean-up costs, and the allocation of limited medical resources will have major implications for all of us. I welcome the opportunity to interact with members of societies outside the physics community, and believe that I can be an asset in such interactions. I am excited by my FPS nomination and look forward to contributing to the FPS activities.