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Ridge, NY, March 1, 2007 -- Gene D. Sprouse takes office today as the new Editor-in-Chief of the American Physical Society. The position of Editor-in-Chief is one of three co-equal operating officers of the APS, and includes primary responsibility for the Physical Review series of physics journals. Sprouse will head the APS Editorial Office located in eastern Long Island, near Brookhaven National Laboratory. With a staff of 150, the office receives and processes peer review for nearly 30,000 physics manuscripts annually, two thirds of which originate outside the US. It also manages an electronic archive of the 400,000 Physical Review articles published since 1893.
Sprouse, who is on leave from his professorship at Stony Brook University, received his PhD from Stanford University in 1968. He joined the faculty at Stony Brook in 1970, chaired the department from 1990-96, and was promoted to Distinguished Professor last year.
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