DCMP Election

The Division of Condensed Matter Physics is electing one Vice-Chair (who serves as Vice-Chair from 3/15-3/16, Chair-Elect from 3/16-3/17, Chair from 3/17-3/18, and Past Chair from 3/18-3/19), one Secretary/Treasurer (who serves from 3/15-3/19), 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)
Candidates for Secretary/Treasurer (vote for one)
Candidates for Members-at-Large (vote for three)

Candidates for Vice-Chair

Meigan AronsonMeigan Aronson, Stony Brook University & Brookhaven National Laboratory


Present Position: Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University. Group Leader, Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Education: Ph.D, Physics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1988). A. B. (with honors) Bryn Mawr College (1980).

Employment History: Stony Brook Professor (2007 - ); University of Michigan: Associate Dean for Natural Sciences (2004-2006), Professor (2002-2006), Associate Professor with tenure (1996-2002), assistant professor (1990-1996); Los Alamos National Lab: postdoc (1987-1989).

Principal research interests: experimental condensed matter physics, correlated electron systems, quantum critical points, unconventional superconductivity, materials synthesis.

Honors: General Electric Junior faculty fellow, APS fellow, CIC Academic Leadership fellowship, DOD National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship, Qiushi Visiting Professorship.

Other Professional Activities: Oak Ridge Neutron Advisory Board (2006 -, Chair 2009- ); National High Magnetic Field Laboratory External Advisory Committee (2002- , Chair 2015-) ; Board of Trustees, Gordon Research Conferences (2014- ) ; Editorial Board, Annual Review of Condensed Matter Physics (2013-). Advisory committees: Oak Ridge National Lab (2014-), MPI-Stuttgart (2014 -), University of Illinois Physics (2013 - ), Indiana University CEEM (2011 -), NSF Committee of Visitors (2004,2011), National Academy, Board of Physics and Astronomy studies (2004, 2006, 2011). DCMP Executive Committee (1995-1998), APS Committee on Education (1997-2000).


Condensed matter physics is the largest and most diverse field of physics, with an intellectual breadth that is constantly evolving to incorporate new areas of both fundamental and technological importance. This natural interdisciplinarity and ability of condensed matter physics to connect to other scientific and technical fields rests on advances in fundamental theory and computation, the implementation of new experimental tools and facilities, and the development of materials and techniques that advance technology. I would be honored to represent our community within the APS and more broadly, to help DCMP communicate the breath and vibrancy of condensed matter physics, emphasizing to decision makers and to the public the crucial and continuing role of condensed matter physics in the scientific and technological leadership of the US. Convening our community at the March Meeting is a central responsibility of DCMP, and I will work to ensure that it remains the venue of choice for both domestic and international researchers to communicate new results and to discuss new ideas that represent the full range of DCMP interests. The future vitality of our field rests on attracting and retaining young researchers from around the world. We can do more to communicate the excitement and importance of our field, and to provide our junior colleagues with new opportunities and more visibility at APS meetings and in advanced workshops and fellowship programs.


Dan ReichDaniel H. Reich, Johns Hopkins University


Present Position: Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

Education: Ph.D., Physics (1988) The University of Chicago; A.B., Physics (1983) Harvard University

Employment History: Department Chair (2008-present), Professor (1998- present), Associate Professor (1994-1998), Assistant Professor (1990-1994) Johns Hopkins University; Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff (1989- 1990) AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Principal Research Interests: Experimental condensed matter physics. Magnetic and electronic properties of nanostructured materials; quantum magnetism; organic semiconductors; nanoparticle probes of biological and soft matter systems.

Other Professional Activities: Chair, APS Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG) (2005-2009); Program Committee Co-Chair (2005), Conference Chair (2008), Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM) Conference; US Bid Committee (2102-13), International Conference on Magnetism 2018.

Honors: APS Fellow (2011), Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (1993).


DCMP encompasses an incredibly diverse and vibrant sector of the physics community. As a physicist whose work has spanned a wide range of both “hard” and “soft” matter systems, I would be very well equipped to represent and advance the interests of the broad and yet interconnected community that makes up DCMP. Through my past service in the APS GMAG chair line and as program co-chair and later conference chair for the MMM conference, I have extensive experience in conference organization that I will be able to bring to the central role that the DCMP plays in ensuring the continued success of the March Meeting. Finally, as the landscape of science and engineering continues to evolve and change, it is imperative that we continue to make clear to the general public and policy makers the crucial role that condensed matter and materials physics research has played and will continue to play in U.S. scientific and technological development. I will be proud to continue DCMP’s efforts in this sphere.


Candidates for Secretary-Treasurer

S. Lance CooperS. Lance Cooper, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Present Position: Professor of Physics and Associate Head for Graduate Programs, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Education: Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1988); B.S. summa cum laude, Physics, University of Virginia (1982)

Employment History: Associate Head for Graduate Programs (2011- present), Professor of Physics (2001-present), Associate Professor of Physics (1996-2001), Assistant Professor of Physics (1990-1996), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Postdoctoral Research Associate, AT&T Bell Laboratories (1988-1990)

Principal Research Interests: Strongly correlated electron systems, magnetically frustrated systems, superconductivity, pressure- and field-tuned phase transitions, optical properties of materials

Other Professional Activities: Divisional Associate Editor, Physical Review Letters, 2006-2011

Honors: APS Outstanding Referee Award (2013); Arnold T. Nordsieck Award for Teaching Excellence (2008); Sony Faculty Scholar (2003-2006); APS Fellow (2003)


Condensed matter physics encompasses a broad and continually evolving range of rich physical phenomena that impact all subfields of physics and provide the basis for new technologies. Among the challenges facing the Division of Condensed Matter Physics is improving communication of the excitement and importance of condensed matter physics to the public and to our legislators, and ensuring that our subfield continues to attract and support a diverse range of talented junior scientists. As Secretary/Treasurer of the DCMP, my emphasis will be to provide more opportunities for younger physicists to increase their visibility and networking opportunities at conferences, to expand resources that help inform our junior members of the varied job opportunities for physics PhDs, and to develop new ways to communicate recent developments in our field to the general public. The specific programs I would like to implement include: expanding conference travel awards for DCMP grad students and postdocs; instituting Physics Careers sessions as part of the annual APS March Meeting; developing more resources to help junior physicists communicate their results more effectively to broad audiences; and fostering more connections between junior physicists and senior scientists at national labs and in industrial facilities.


Raymond OsbornRaymond Osborn, Argonne National Laboratory


Present position: Senior Scientist, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory

Education: Ph.D., University of Southampton, B.Sc., Imperial College, London

Employment History: Senior Scientist, (2012-Present), Group Leader, Neutron and X-ray Scattering Group (2006-2011), Scientist (1992-2006), Argonne National Laboratory; Instrument Scientist, ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (1986-1992); Research Associate, University of Oxford (1982-1986)

Principal Research Interests: Strongly correlated electron systems, unconventional superconductivity, charge density wave systems, rare earth magnetism, neutron and x-ray scattering.

Other Professional Activities: Scientific Director, National School of Neutron and X-ray Scattering, 2001–2007; Chair, Publication Committee, International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, 2001; Chair, NeXus International Advisory Committee, 2003-2006 (an international collaboration to develop standard data formats for neutrons and x-rays); Member, International Advisory Board for the International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, International Collaboration on Advanced Neutron Sources, International Conference on Neutron Scattering.

Honors: Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America, Distinguished Performance Award of the University of Chicago (2006)


Condensed matter physics plays an important strategic role in science by linking the heady intellectual excitement of many-body physics to the practical challenges of understanding and harnessing materials properties for societal benefit. It has been a privilege to work in this field for over thirty years, and I have sought to contribute back to this vibrant community through helping to educate the next generation of neutron and x-ray scientists, developing new instrumental concepts at major facilities, and, more prosaically, leading the effort to establish international standards for exchanging scattering data. The Division of Condensed Matter Physics plays a preeminent role in maintaining the vigor of our community and articulating its value to the wider public, and it would be an honor to perform a very practical service as its secretary and treasurer.


Candidates for Member-at-Large

Bulbul ChakrabortyBulbul Chakraborty, Brandeis University


Present position: Ancell Professor of Physics, Brandeis University

Education: Ph.D., Physics, Stony Brook U. (1979); M. S., Physics, Stony Brook U. (1975)

Employment History: Professor of Physics, Brandeis (2006-), Chair, Department of Physics (2006-2009), Ancell Professor of Physics (2009- ), Faculty at Brandeis (1989-), Associate Research Physicist & Lecturer, Yale U. (1987-1989).

Principal Research Interests: Field Theories of strongly correlated condensed matter systems: ranging from electrons to granular materials. Recent work has focused primarily on emergent behavior in athermal systems, and collective properties of active, biological matter.

Selected Professional Activities: Chair, APS Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (2014), Corporate Secretary, Aspen Center for Physics (2014-), Chair, Advisory board of the Kavli Institute for Physics (2014-2015), Santa Barbara, Chair, Onsager Selection Committee (2013), Chair Gordon Conference on Granular Matter (2014).

Honors: Fellow, American Physical Society (2009)


Condensed Matter Physics has dramatically expanded its boundaries, and continues to do so. DCMP needs to keep pace with these changes in order for it to be an inclusive body representing all of condensed matter physics. In particular, I believe, that the boundaries between different subfields of condensed matter physics should be made more permeable. DCMP has traditionally been more integrated with APS units such as DMP and GMAG. The formation of the new APS group, GSOFT, presents DCMP with challenges and opportunities. The group on Nonlinear and Statistical Physics, GSNP, has traditionally represented core issues in nonequilibrium, classical systems. The community will benefit from the integration, wherever possible, of these, traditionally diverse subunits of the APS community encompassing condensed matter physics. The March meeting should reflect this integration through the Invited Sessions and Focus Sessions. As someone who started research in hbar physics and slowly transitioned to more classical systems, I believe I can help achieve this integration. I will work actively within DCMP to promote more communication between APS units represented at the March meeting. I will also work closely with other units of APS to promote women and minorities, especially in the realm of Fellowships and Prizes.


Martin GrevenMartin Greven, University of Minnesota


Present position: Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota.

Education: Ph.D., Physics, MIT (1995); Vordiplom, Physics & Mathematics, Heidelberg University (1988).

Employment History: Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota (2011-present); Associate Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota (2009-2011); Assistant Professor of Applied Physics and Photon Science, Stanford University (1998-2009); Postdoc, MIT (1995-1997).

Principal Research Interests: Complex oxides, especially cuprate superconductors and low-dimensional quantum magnets, including disorder effects; neutron scattering, synchrotron X-ray scattering, charge transport; crystal growth.

Other Professional Activities: Program Committee (2015) and International Advisory Committee (2012), International Conference on the Materials and Mechanisms of Superconductivity (M2S); Program Committee, Low Energy Electrodynamics in Solids conference (LEES, 2014); Co-organizer, Workshop on Correlated Oxides and Interfaces, University of Minnesota (2014); Co-organizer, Workshop on Unconventional Superconductors, University of Minnesota (2011); Organizer and Chair, Invited Session on “Pseudogap in High-Tc Cuprates,” APS March Meeting, Dallas (2011); Science Review Committee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2010-2013); Editorial Board, Journal of Statistical Mechanics (2005-2007).

Honors: Fellow, American Physical Society (2007); Hellman Family Faculty Award (2003); NSF CAREER Award, (2000-2004); Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1999-2001).


The myriad phenomena and phases exhibited by condensed matter systems continue to provide fascinating scientific challenges and significant technological opportunities with potentially great societal benefits. As the largest subfield of physics, condensed matter physics significantly overlaps with a wide range of other subfields and disciplines, including biophysics, atomic physics, materials science, polymer science, chemistry and nanotechnology. If elected, I will work to further strengthen the links between DCMP and other APS Divisions and to ensure a broad and balanced representation of current and emerging areas at the March Meeting. I also hope to help increase the awareness and appreciation of our field among the general public, the press and policy makers, to advocate for improved financial support for research in condensed matter physics, and to continue to recruit talented young people to our field.


Tin-Lun HoTin-Lun (Jason) Ho, Ohio State University


Present position: Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, The Ohio State University, since 2002

Education: Ph.D. Physics, Cornell University, 1978

Employment History: Professor, The Ohio State University (1996-2002); Associate Professor, The Ohio State University (1990-1996); Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University (1983-1989); Research Associate, Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara (1980-1982); Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998-1980)

Principal Research Interests: Cold Atom Physics, Quasicrystals, Quantum Hall systems, Quantum Fluids.

Other Professional Activities: ArXiv Moderator : Quantum-gas, (since 2012); Correspondent of Condensed Matter Journal Club (since 2005); Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Low Temperature Physics (since 2007), General Member of Aspen Physics Center (1996-2006); Member of Advisory Committee of Canadian Institute of Advanced Research CIFAR, (2007-2011), Member of Review Committee of the National Center of Theoretical Science, Taiwan (2012); Member of Site Visit Review Panel of MIT/Harvard Center of Cold Atoms (2005); Member of Advisory Panel of the FOCUS Center of University of Michigan (2006).

Honors: Simons Foundation Fellow (2011), Fellow of American Advancement of Arts and Sciences (2011), Lars Onsager Prize of APS (2008), Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award (2001), APS Fellow (2000), John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (1999), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1984).


Condensed matter physics is an enormous field. It explores the fundamental principles in many-body systems. Recent developments show an increasing overlap between condensed matter physics and other disciplines. Its essential role in cold atom studies has further extended its connections to AMO physics, quantum information, nuclear and high energy physics, as well as String Theory. All these connections have led to a bloom in experimental and theoretical activities, attracting a large number of young researchers worldwide to these problems. New experimental techniques in AMO physics have now opened up new avenues for investigating strongly correlated systems and topological matters, while providing opportunities for systematic studies of many non-equilibrium phenomena for the first time. These advances have also created new directions of quantum matter in curved space, and have provided test grounds for algorithms in advanced computation. I would like to help DCMP promote these exciting interdisciplinary studies, and assist the DCMP leadership to popularize condensed matter physics at the national and the international level.


Harold HwangHarold Y. Hwang, Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory


Present position: Professor of Applied Physics (Stanford) and of Photon Science (SLAC).

Education: Ph.D., Physics, Princeton University (1997); M.S. and B.S., Electrical Engineering, B.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993).

Employment History: Professor, Stanford University & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (Depts. of Applied Physics & Photon Science, 2010-present); Professor (2009-2010), Associate Professor (2003-2008), University of Tokyo (Depts. of Advanced Materials & Applied Physics); Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories (Dept. of Materials Physics Research, 1996-2003).

Principal Research Interests: Materials physics: Correlated electrons and emergent phenomena at artificial interfaces and in confined systems; Atomic scale synthesis of complex heterostructures; Oxide heterostructures for energy applications; Low-dimensional superconductivity; Novel devices based on interface states.

Other Professional Activities: Science Advisory Committee, MPI Stuttgart (2012-present); Deputy Director, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (2011-present); Team Leader, Correlated Electron Research Group, RIKEN-ASI (2010-2014); Foreign Associate, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2008-present); Meeting chair, Materials Research Society Spring Meeting (2007).

Honors: Europhysics Prize (2014); Ho-Am Prize (Science, 2013); Fellow, American Physical Society (2011); IBM Japan Science Prize (Physics, 2008); Materials Research Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award (2005).


The Division of Condensed Matter Physics represents an incredibly broad and diverse community, reflective of the field itself. It is a continual source of new and unexpected emergent phenomena; it connects concepts across many other areas of physics and sister disciplines; and it provides the scientific basis for many of the technological needs of society, as exemplified by the urgency to develop sustainable energy resources. If elected, I hope that my experiences in academic, industrial, and national lab settings, both foreign and domestic, can faithfully represent the wide range of voices in DCMP. In terms of the March meeting, I believe priorities include fostering and developing a home for new research areas, as well as our current very active core. Doing this dynamically to maintain a modern, coherent framework for CMP is essential for cultivating new students and establishing young researchers (like many of you, my first conference and talk was the March meeting). In terms of outreach, we need to continue our efforts to convey both the beauty, and utility, of our field. This is vital not just to receive recognition (and funding), but more importantly to engage policy makers and the general public as a valuable resource to help direct the science and technology agenda ahead.


Alan MiddletonA. Alan Middleton, Syracuse University


Present position: Professor of Physics, Syracuse University

Education: Ph.D., Physics, Princeton University (1990); Certificate of Advanced Study, Cambridge University (1985); BS, Harvey Mudd College (1984)

Employment History: Professor, Department of Physics, Syracuse University, 2008-present; Chair, Department of Physics, 2013-present; Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2000-2007; Associate Professor of Physics, Syracuse University, 2001-2008; Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, 1995-2001; Visiting Scientist, NEC Research Institute, Princeton, 1992-1994; Research Associate, Department of Physics, Syracuse University, 1990-1992

Principal Research Interests: Theoretical and computational condensed matter physics, especially in the dynamics and thermodynamics of general models for disordered materials; Development and study of algorithms for low free energy states in complex glassy materials, with applications to statistical physics

Other Professional Activities: Co-organizer for 2008 and 2012 Aspen Center for Physics Workshops; Co-organizer of the 2001 Boulder Summer School for Condensed Matter Physics.

Honors: APS Fellow (2010); Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1995-1997); Churchill Scholar (1984-1985)


The Division of Condensed Matter Physics is the largest unit of the APS, reflecting the size and importance of condensed matter physics in industry and in academe. Like many units of the APS, it also has a great deal of overlap with most other units, as seen in the many co-sponsored sessions at the March Meeting. The members of DCOMP work on a great range of topics and with approaches ranging from the more applied to the more abstract. While the unit is healthy, its continued strength requires continuing attention to the wonderful variety of directions that we pursue. If elected as a member-at-large of the DCMP, I will work with the executive committee on promoting and recognizing the work of DCMP members, through the recognition of individual careers and the organization of invited speakers and sessions to recognize current work. This effort will be coordinated with other units, such as GSOFT, DCOMP, GSNP, and others, which share the interests of DCMP. In addition, it is important to be recruiting the future practitioners in applied and fundamental areas. This requires organizing events for students to learn about the excitement of the field, attention to a diverse pool of talent, and supporting events for career planning. It also requires advocating for increased support for recruitment, training, and, of course, research.


Adriana MoreoAdriana Moreo, University of Tennessee & Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Present position: Professor of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Joint Faculty with the Materials Science and Technology Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Education: Ph.D. (1985), M.S. (1983), Physics, Instituto Balseiro, Argentina.

Employment History: Professor at University of Tennessee (2004-present); Professor at Florida State University (1999-2004), Associate Professor at Florida State University (1994-1999); Assistant Professor at Florida State University (1992-1994); Research Associate at the University of California at Santa Barbara (1988-1991); Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1985-1988).

Principal Research Interests: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics. Strongly correlated electrons; high critical temperature superconductors; colossal magnetoresistive manganites; magnetism; numerical methods; computational physics.

Other professional activities: APS: Leader and Team Member of Status of Women Site Visits Committee (since 2003); Member at Large of the Executive Committee of the Division of Computational Physics (1998-2000); Member of the Nominating Committee for the Division of Computational Physics (2003-2005); Member of Metropolis Award Committee (2008-2010); Member of Program Committee of DCOMP (2010); co-organizer of Focus Topics Session at March Meeting (2012). Co-organizer of several workshops and conferences; Member of Review Panels at several National Labs. Member: APS, AAAS.

Honors: Outstanding Referee - APS (2008); Fellow of the American Physical Society (2002); Developing Scholar Award - Florida State University (1997).


Condensed Matter Physics is the APS division that serves the largest and most diverse membership due to the broad scope of exciting research fields encompassed by the discipline. Our annual divisional meeting every March gathers thousands of scientists and students that during one week showcase their research pushing the boundaries on a variety of subjects ranging from newly discovered emergent phenomena to the development of new technologies, while also presenting scientifically informed views on issues such as global warming and STEM education. It is crucial that activities such as the March meeting continue to attract the interest of the scientific community while also capturing the interest of our political representatives to ensure a continuous support of our efforts. Then, careful planning of every aspect of the March meeting, from the scientific program to the outreach efforts, is crucial to ensure the development and growth of our community. As a member-at-large of the executive committee of the division I intend to actively participate in the planning of the March Meeting and focus on the selection of new fellows whose scientific and leadership contributions showcase the relevance and impact that our field has on society.