Elections

Candidate for Chair-Elect (unopposed) Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer (unopposed) Candidates for Member-at-Large († denotes current member)

Bruce White

Associate Professor of Physics, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY 13902

Education

- BS Physics Binghamton University, 1990
- MS Solid State Physics Cornell University, 1993
- PhD Solid State Physics Cornell University, 1995

Research/Teaching Interests

- Lattice Vibrations and Carrier Transport in Nanostructures
- Lattice Vibrations in Amorphous Solids
- Flexible Electronics
- Energy Generating Electron Devices

Relevant Experience

- Associate Director, Center for Autonomous Solar Power
- Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor
- Distinguished Innovator Motorola
- Active participation in the IEEE as Chair of several committees
- Chair/Vice Chair, Device Sciences, Semiconductor Research Corporation, 2006-2007
- Co-Organized two MRS Symposia on Nanocrystalline Semiconductors
- Organized APS March Meeting Symposia on Complex Oxides and Emerging Research Devices and Materials for the Microelectronics Industry.

Statement

Physicists have played a key role in generating both fundamental understanding of the universe as well as the creation of new technologies that drive economic growth. It is critical that these contributions to society continue. The New York State Section of the American Physical Society plays a vital role in this mission by exposing undergraduates to the exciting research and career opportunities that exist in this wonderful field. I would enjoy the opportunity to assist the New York State Section in this mission and to explore opportunities to involve K-12 educators and students in the program.

Gianfranco Vidali

Professor of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1130

Education

- Doctorate in Physics, University of Genoa (Italy) 1977
- Ph.D. (Physics), Pennsylvania State University 1982
- Post-doctoral training: Caltech

Research and Teaching Interests

- Astrophysics: study of the formation of molecules in the interstellar medium and planetary atmospheres
- Implementation of Web-based technologies into science appreciation courses and outreach activities to elementary school teachers (past)
- Integration of research experience in the undergraduate curriculum through newly designed courses and via laboratory research experience (current)

Relevant Experience

- Research Leaves and Visiting Professorship appointments at: Observatoire de Paris, Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, University of Hawaii, Pennsylvania State University, and Princeton University
- Over 130 refereed papers and one popularization-of-science book (Superconductivity: the Next Revolution?, Cambridge University Press)
- Numerous current and past grants for research, teaching and outreach from NASA and NSF
- Fellow, American Physical Society and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Statement

My commitment to the Society and the New York State Section is strong. I served for four years on the APS Council as a representative of the State Sections and I helped in the development of the highly successful NYSS Outreach Grants Program. I was a member of the recently constituted APS Committee on Informing the Public to devise ways to foster the appreciation of physics among the public. I have also co-organized a NYSS Symposium (The Small, the Large, and the Universe) at Syracuse University in 2002 and visited Congressional offices regularly on behalf of APS. At Syracuse University I organized the Tuesday Night Lectures, a series of lectures by physicists (from S.U. and beyond) aimed at the lay public. I am currently the Secretary/Treasurer of the NYSS of APS. I served as vice-chair and then chair of the NYSS Executive Committee in the past. I would like to continue serving the NYS Section as Secretary/Treasurer. I want to bring my experience for the benefit of the Section in these challenging economic times. My priorities will be to make sure we have the financial resources to continue our successful programs, such as: organization of semiannual symposia, travel assistance for students to attend and participate in such symposia, funds for students poster awards and funds for our outreach grants. Because of our better financial situation with respect to few years ago, I am happy to report that recently we were able to increase the funds allocated to outreach grants. I will work with our new Chair and members of the Executive Committee to find ways to raise the profile of our State Section even further and to make sure we have the financial resources to fund the programs that have the biggest impact among our members and the public at large.

Natalia Connolly

Assistant Professor, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 13323

Education

- BA Physics Kenyon College 1995
- PhD Experimental High Energy Physics UC Santa Barbara 2001

Research/Teaching Interests

My current research has two main directions: understanding Type Ia supernovae for dark energy/cosmology research, and the evolution of ultra-luminous infrared galaxies. The common underlying theme of my work is developing novel computational techniques for making sense of large, multi-variate data sets. I am also becoming increasingly active in inter-disciplinary research: I am part of a pilot multi-investigator research group at Hamilton that also includes a biologist and a computer scientist, and our goal is to see if we can use certain innovative computational and statistical techniques for understanding next generation genomic sequencing data.

Relevant Experience

- Lederman Fellow, member of the Collider Detector at Fermilab experiment 2001-2003. Worked on developing the so-called b-tagging techniques in top quark decays.
- Postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab 2003-2007. Worked on supernova cosmology in Dr. Perlumutter's group (Nobel Prize in physics, 2011).

Statement

I have always had the APS in tremendous regard as an institution allowing for US physicists to come together. I am looking forward to making my contribution to NYSSAPS.

Michael Hennessy

President, MTECH Laboratories, Ballston Spa, NY 12019

Education

- B.S. Engineering Physics, Kansas University 1967
- Ph.D. Physics, Kansas University 1972

Professional Interests

Dr. Hennessy is president of MTECH Laboratories, which supplies technology and equipment to the medical, telecommunication and cryo-electronics market. Dr. Hennessy has over 38 years experience in research and development, mainly in the fields of MRI, superconductivity, magnetic levitation, and power electronics. Currently Dr. Hennessy is developing cryogenic electronics for power and computer applications.

Relevant Experience

- President and owner, MTECH Laboratories (2001-present)
- Chief Scientist, Intermagnetics General Corporation (IGC) (1992-2000)
- Director IGC Magnetic Resonance Research Laboratory Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (1981-1992)
- Manager of IGC Electronics Group (1976-1981)
- Staff Scientist, Mnemonics, Ltd. (1975-1976)
- Numerous patents and publications related to MRI, MRFM, magnetic levitation and cryogenic power devices
- PI or manager of numerous MRI related R&D programs and military contracts

Statement

No statement provided.

Sunil Labroo

Associate Professor of Physics, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820

Education

- Ph.D. (Physics & Molecular Science), SIU-Carbondale, Illinois, 1991
- M.S. (Physics), SIU-Carbondale, Illinois, 1987
- M.Tech. (Applied Optics), IIT, New Delhi, India, 1982.

Professional Interests

- Magnetism in rare-earth intermetallic alloys
- Technology-enhanced, inquiry-based, and project-based learning in the undergraduate physics curriculum

Relevant Experience

- Awards/Honors: SUNY Community of Scholars Award (2005); Fulbright Scholar (2004); Innovative Uses of Instructional Technology Award (2002); Sigma Xi (1999); Sigma Pi Sigma (1984)
- Major Grants: NSF - STEP grant titled "Preparation, Recruitment, Retention & Excellence in the Physical Sciences", for $854,000 (2003-2008)
- Professional Memberships: APS, Fulbright Association
- Committees: SUNY Faculty Senate Undergraduate Committee (2009-Present); Chair & Vice-Chair, NYSS-APS Executive Committee (2007-Present); Fulbright Review Committee (2005-2008); NYSS-APS Executive Committee (2001-2005), and various other SUNY-Oneonta committees

Statement

Having served for almost six years as vice-chair and chair of this board, I have gained valuable experience with the mission of this organization. The NYSS-APS does great service in bringing the excitement of physics to various communities across the state through its bi-annual symposia, student support, and outreach programs. However, we can do more to address some of the issues such as stagnant enrollments and a widespread lack of interest in physics programs, especially amongst the under-represented groups. We need to increase the awareness of the importance of physics education and research through meaningful initiatives. I believe I can contribute more as a member and I look forward to the opportunity to bring fresh ideas and help create a greater interaction between academics, industrial physicists and general public towards achieving this goal.

John Noe

University Instructional Specialist, Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800

Education

- B.S. (Physics) City College of New York, 1967
- Ph.D. (Physics) University of Pennsylvania, 1974

Research/Teaching Interests

- Optics and optics education; experimental atomic, nuclear and accelerator physics.
- Non-traditional (project-based) education, encouraging young women's interest in physics, improving the undergraduate physics experience, K-12 outreach.

Relevant Experience

- Executive Director, Stony Brook Laser Teaching Center, from its inception in 1999.
- Active member of the Stony Brook Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.
- Organized the 1984 “SNEAP” conference of accelerator personnel.
- Co-organize the Symposia on Undergraduate Research at the annual OSA / APS-DLS optics meetings.
- Member-at-large NYSS-APS Executive Committee since 2009.
- Member APS, AAPT and OSA; honorary member Sigma Pi Sigma, Stony Brook chapter.

Statement

It has been a pleasure to serve on the NYSS-APS Executive Committee since 2009. I have participated in all but one of the eight Section meetings during this time, and have suggested speakers, judged posters and created newsletters. My experiences mentoring high school and undergraduate students have demonstrated time and again the importance of providing opportunities for such students to give presentations and to interact with experienced scientists. Our Section does this through the poster events, but perhaps we can find other ways to make such intergenerational connections. Also, I would like to see Stony Brook or another suitable downstate institution host a topical symposium on Communicating Physics.

Kenneth Podolak

Assistant Professor, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Education

- BS (Physics) Rochester Inst. of Technology 2002
- M.Ed. (Education) Penn. State University 2005
- Ph.D. (Physics) Penn. State University 2008

Research/Teaching Interests

- Tailoring ferromagnetic materials to understand their fundamental properties
- Developing and running outreach programs

Relevant Experience

- Physics Outreach Grant for HS Physics Project, NYSSAPS (2012)
- 2nd (2012), 1st (2011) and 3rd prize (2010) for physics clubs trebuchet in VTs Pumpkin Chuckin competition
- Electric bike built & presented by physics club, reported in Denton Publications & WPTZ, purchased through Green Grant SUNY Plattsburgh (2011)
- Teacher-to-Teacher Program, SUNY Plattsburgh: “How to Teach Current Physics Research At Any Level” (2009)
- Presidential Research Award, SUNY Plattsburgh (2009)

Statement

I am seeking a position as a member at large in the N.Y.S. Sectional American Physics Society board. As the only nominee from the North Country, I provide a unique perspective on physics native to this region. I have attended a few previous meetings and have been impressed with the quality of the symposia and hope to further advance these meetings and address other issues related to physics in New York.

My scholarly research involves tailoring ferromagnetic materials to understand their fundamental properties. I have authored five scholarly articles which have all featured undergraduates in the research. I regularly attend the March Meetings of the American Physics Society and present my results. I also present student research results regularly at our local Sigma Xi research symposia. Through NYSSAPS, my undergraduate research student Sam Wagner won best poster in an earlier symposium. Also, a successful NYSSAPS outreach grant resulted in two high school students gaining a research experience that they would not have been able to otherwise.

I take great pride in an active teaching environment in the classroom and as an advisor to our physics club. As a graduate student I received numerous teaching awards, including Penn State's highest teaching award for a graduate student, the Stanley Shepard Award. As the club advisor, any physics/pre-engineering majors volunteer their time to do fun yet educational projects. We regularly compete in Vermont's pumpkin chuckin event where we won third (2010), first (2011), and second (2012) in our division. The group also builds electric powered vehicles to promote green energy transportation. Finally, the club also hosts "science nights" for high school students and free tutoring sessions. Active students in the club always tell me how much they enjoy working on projects and find the experience valuable for their future.

Thank you for considering my request for a member at large position. I take great pride in the education of students through the classroom, scholarship, and in physics club. If elected, I look forward to working with the committee.

Erica Snow

Assistant Professor, Physics Department, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063

Education

- B.S. (Physics) Grove City College, 2001
- M.S. (Physics) Colorado State University, 2003
- Ph.D. (Physics) Colorado State University, 2006

Research/Teaching Interests

- Experimental atomic/molecular physics
- Laser and microwave spectroscopy of Rydberg states
- Undergraduate research
- Teaching conceptual physics to any level students

Relevant Experience

- NYSS APS Committee Member (2009-2013)
- Member of APS, AAPT, and Sigma Xi
- Involved in undergraduate experimental physics research
- Teaching experience ranging from algebra-based physics to 400-level courses

Statement

I believe that the semiannual meetings provided by the APS-NYSS are important to several aspects within the physics community. We need to continually promote the work being done by our colleagues and more importantly the contributions and involvement of the students. Exposing students and the general public to a variety of research in all fields and careers in physics is vital for recruitment, retention, and development of the next generation of scientists. An emphasis should also be placed on the current state of science education and public awareness of the sciences.

Carl A. Ventrice, Jr.

Associate Professor of Nanoscience, College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering, University at Albany, Albany, NY 12203

Education

- B.S. (Mech. Engr.), Tennessee Tech University, 1985
- M.S. (Physics), Drexel University, 1987
- Ph.D. (Physics), Drexel University, 1991

Professional Interests

- Surface/interface science
- Carbon-based electronics
- Spintronics
- Teaching of physics and nanoscience classes
- Development of new experiments for undergraduate advanced and introductory laboratory classes

Relevant Experience

- Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1995-1996
- Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of New Orleans, 1996-2000
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of New Orleans, 2000-2006
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Texas State University, 2001-2010
- Associate Professor, CNSE, University at Albany, 2010-present
- Organizer of annual Einstein Week Celebration at the University of New Orleans
- Local Organizing Committee for 60th Physical Electronics Conference, 2000
- Treasurer of the Physical Electronics Conference, 2007-2011
- Co-chair, Spring 2011 Meeting of the NY Section of APS held at CNSE
- Chair-elect, Hudson Mohawk American Vacuum Society Chapter

Statement

The New York Section of the APS provides a unique mechanism for physics students and physicists at academic institutions, within the industrial sector, and at government laboratories within the state of New York and the New England region to collaborate and exchange ideas. This is primarily accomplished via the New York Sections semi-annual meetings. These meetings give scientists an opportunity to present new ideas and results to their colleagues within the New York Section before disseminating this information at national or international conferences. They also provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research results since it is often difficult for them to attend the national APS meetings because of time and funding constraints. If elected to the New York Section Executive Committee as a Member-at-Large, I will push for the continued support of student activities at the New York Section meetings and promote further collaboration between researchers and educators throughout the state of New York.