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, fourteen (14) members elected by Council to staggered three (3) year terms, 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. A POPA Steering Committee consisting 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.

The Board may create, and the Board and the Council shall have joint oversight over, committees having responsibilities relating to both the general operations of the Society and scientific matters. Such committees may include a Physics Policy Committee, a Panel on Public Affairs, and a Committee on Scientific Publications. The makeup and responsibilities of such committees shall be set forth in the Policies and Procedures established by the Board.

Chair: Prof Michael Marder (01/18 - 12/18)
Univ of Texas, Austin

Chair Elect: James Daniel Wells (01/18 - 12/18)
Univ of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Vice Chair: E Dan Dahlberg (01/18 - 12/18)
Univ of Minn - Minneapolis

Past Chair: Frances Anne Houle (01/18 - 12/18)
Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Vice President: Philip Howard Bucksbaum (01/18 - 12/18)
SLAC - Natl Accelerator Lab

Member, FIAP Rep: James Michael Adams (01/18 - 12/20)
NIST - Natl Inst of Stds & Tech

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

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

Member: Carlos Jesus Gutierrez (01/18 - 12/20)
Sandia Natl Labs

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

Member: Michael Alan Tamor (01/17 - 12/19)

Member: Eli Yablonovitch (01/16 - 12/18)
Univ of California - Berkeley

Member: Marta Dark McNeese (01/17 - 12/19)
Spelman Coll

Member: Brian L DeMarco (01/17 - 12/19)
Univ of Illinois - Urbana

Member: Dr William Collins (01/17 - 12/19)
Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Member: Prof Vicki Helene Grassian (01/16 - 12/18)
Univ of California - San Diego

Member, FPS Rep.: Philip L Taylor (01/16 - 12/18)
Case Western Reserve Univ

Member: R Michael Barnett (01/16 - 12/18)
Lawrence Berkeley Natl Lab

Member, Chair of PPC: Laura H Greene (01/18 - 12/18)
Florida State Univ

Member, Congressional Fellow: Karla A Hagan (01/18 - 12/18)
Northern Virginia Comm Coll

Advisor: Roger Wirth Falcone (01/17 - 12/18)
Univ of California - Berkeley

Advisor: David Gross (01/18 - 12/19)
Univ of California - Santa Barbara

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Annual Updates

APS Annual Reports contain yearly updates on public affairs.
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APS Staff

Staff Advisor
Francis Slakey

Committee Administrator
Jeanette Russo