Panel on Public Affairs

The Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) consists of a Chair, Chair-Elect, Vice Chair, immediate Past Chair, the Vice President, the Chair of the Physics Policy Committee (PPC), the Congressional Fellow(s) in the second year following the year of service, thirteen (13) members elected by Council to staggered three (3) year terms, (1) industrial physicist APS-member elected by the Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics to a three (3) year term, and (1) member elected by the Forum on Physics and Society to a three (3) year term. The candidates for election as members of POPA are selected by the Nominating Committee. The Vice Chair is elected by Council and serves in that office for one (1) year, then as Chair-Elect for one (1) year, then as Chair for one (1) year, and then as Immediate Past Chair for one (1) year. The POPA Steering Committee consists of the Chair, the Chair-Elect, the Vice Chair, the Vice President, the PPC Chair, and at least two (2) additional members selected from among and by the members of POPA.

POPA is responsible for making recommendations to the President, the Board, and the Council on public affairs activities of the Society that have been designated by the Board or Council. POPA may initiate new public affairs activities for the Society and may recommend new programs to the Council. POPA shall keep minutes and distribute them to POPA members and to the Council and Board. All POPA reports and APS studies shall be approved by the Council before public release.

Chair: E. Dan Dahlberg (01/20 - 12/20)
University of Minnesota

Chair-Elect: William Collins (01/20 - 12/20)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Vice Chair: C William McCurdy (01/20 - 12/20)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Past Chair: James Daniel Wells (01/20 - 12/20)
Univ of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Vice President: Frances Hellman (01/20 - 12/20)
University of California, Berkeley

Member: Carlos J Gutierrez (01/18 - 12/20)
Sandia National Laboratories

Member: David J Ernst (01/18 - 12/20)
Vanderbilt Univ

Member: Mary Pottenger Hockaday (01/18 - 12/20)
Los Alamos Natl Lab

Member: Susan K Blessing (01/18 - 12/20)
Florida State Univ

Member: Dr. Raymond L Orbach (01/19 - 12/21)
University of Texas at Austin

Member: Cynthia K Nitta (01/19 - 12/21)
Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab

Member: Thomas E Mason (01/19 - 12/21)
Los Alamos Natl Lab

Member: Dr. Barry M Klein (01/19 - 12/21)
University of California, Davis

Member: Steve Fetter (01/20 - 12/22)
University of Maryland, College Park

Member: Jonathan S Wurtele (01/20 - 12/22)
University of California, Berkeley

Member: Dan Moses Stamper-Kurn (01/20 - 12/22)
University of California, Berkeley

Member: Norbert R Holtkamp (01/20 - 12/22)
SLAC - Natl Accelerator Lab

Member: Eric J Gawiser (01/20 - 12/22)
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Chair, Physics Policy Committee: David J Gross (01/20 - 12/20)
University of California, Santa Barbara

Representative, Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics: Dr. James M Adams (01/18 - 12/20)
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Representative, Forum on Physics and Society: Laura Grego (01/19 - 12/21)
Union of Concerned Scientists

Congressional Fellow: Lauren Aycock (01/20 - 12/20)

Advisor: Philip Howard Bucksbaum (01/19 - 12/20)
Stanford Univ

Advisor: Sylvester James Gates (01/20 - 12/21)
Brown University

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