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Our capable Physics & Society editor, Cameron Reed, and his dedicated assistant editor, Jonathan Wurtele, plan to step down next spring from the positions they have so ably filled since early 2009. We are currently seeking a new editor and assistant to replace them.
The editor, with help from his or her assistant and from the editorial advisory board, is responsible for preparing the content for the four quarterly issues of P&S. Some articles are spontaneously submitted; others are solicited by the editor, with input from the editorial advisory board. The editor edits the articles and prepares an introduction to each issue. The edited newsletter is then submitted electronically to the APS offices for distribution to the FPS membership.
The assistant editor, in addition to helping the editor with articles, prepares content such as news of FPS election results or FPS sessions at APS meetings. Editors serve for a term of 3 years, renewable by a vote of the FPS Executive Committee.
The editor is an ex officio member of the FPS Executive Committee and is provided the funds to travel to that committee’s annual meeting at the APS Spring Meeting. The position affords the opportunity to explore at greater depths various topics at the interface of physics and society and to contribute to the education of and communication among our fellow physicists. The new editor will be encouraged to innovate, especially in the online format of the publication.
Those interested in applying or in suggesting candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a brief letter stating why the position is of interest and highlighting any writing or editing experiences. Please also provide one or two names of references the committee might contact. Email the material to Barbara Levi, the chair of the P&S Editorial Search Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org). Submission deadline is September 15.