Physics Policy Committee

The Physics Policy Committee (PPC) consists of the Immediate Past President, who will serve as Chair for a one (1) year term, twelve (12) members, nominated by the PPC, selected and confirmed by the Board Executive Committee (BEC), and appointed by the President-Elect to staggered three (3) year terms, the President-Elect, the Congressional Fellows(s) in the first year following the year of service, and the Chair of POPA. The Chair of the Education Policy Committee, an official subcommittee of the Committee on Education, and the Chair of the Industrial Physics advisory Board Policy Subcommittee shall serve as non-voting advisors to the PPC. The PPC addresses those science policy issues that affect the development of physics, the health of the institutions in which physics is practiced, the resources available to physics, and the balanced use of these resources for the nation's scientific and technological needs. PPC shall make recommendations to the President, the Board, and the Council on these science policy issues. Recommendations from the PPC on public statements shall be considered by the POPA Steering Committee and then transmitted to Council as appropriate.

Chair: Philip Bucksbaum (01/21 - 12/21)
Stanford University

Member: Juan De Pablo (01/19 - 12/21)
University of Chicago

Member: Frances Hellman (01/21 - 12/21)
University of California, Berkeley

Member: Sally Seidel (01/19 - 12/21)
University of New Mexico

Member: Edward Kolb (01/19 - 12/21)
University of Chicago

Member: Edward Adler (01/19 - 12/21)

Member: Roger Falcone (01/20 - 01/22)
University of California, Berkeley

Member: Patricia Dehmer (01/17 - 12/22)

Member: Nadya Mason (01/20 - 12/22)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Member: Kimberly Budil (01/20 - 12/22)
University of California

Member: Young-Kee Kim (01/20 - 12/22)
University of Chicago

Member: Thomas Baer (01/21 - 12/23)
Stanford University

Member: Willie Rockward (01/21 - 12/23)
Morgan State University

Member: Adam Burrows (01/21 - 12/23)
Princeton University

Chair, POPA: William Collins (01/21 - 12/21)
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Congressional Fellow: Laura Gladstone (01/21 - 12/21)

Advisor: Robert Rosner (01/21 - 12/21)
University of Chicago

Advisor: Scott Franklin (01/21 - 12/21)
Rochester Institute of Technology

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