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Alejandro (Alex) de Lozanne is a full professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he has been a faculty member since 1985. Previously he held a junior faculty position in the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford University after receiving a Ph.D. degree in Physics from that institution in 1982. He received a Bachelor's degree with highest distinction from Purdue University in 1975.
Dr. de Lozanne studies magnetism, superconductivity, and nanostructures, using low temperature scanning probe techniques that he has developed. He has published two patents and 130 papers or book chapters on these topics. His research has been recognized with several fellowships and a 1986 Presidential Young Investigator Award. He was born in Sonora, Mexico, and grew up in Mexico City.
As resources dwindle and the interest in Physics among young people seems to be waning, we must think of new ways to carry out the objective of the FIP, namely to promote “the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics by fostering communication and mutual understanding among physicists of all countries.” Traditionally the best way to achieve this objective is to have short and long term visits, which unfortunately can be very expensive.
I would like to explore the possibility of fostering exchanges via the internet. Some subfields, like experimental high energy, have plenty of experience in communicating with large groups of collaborators across the globe. Perhaps we can foster something similar in condensed matter physics and other subfields, where we do have international collaborations, but where this happens on a case by case basis as a few PI’s make contacts across borders. FIP may be able to host and promote new collaborations via electronic exchanges.
I have served in the APS Committee on Minorities for three years, functioning as chairman during the last year. While the details are different for FIP, the main goal is the same: to promote Physics. Whether this is among minorities or across borders, it is something we must pursue vigorously, whether we have plentiful resources or not.