Tim Gay has been elected as Speaker of the Council for the American Physical Society in a recent November meeting. Gay will serve as Speaker-Elect in 2017 and commence his duties as Speaker in 2018.
The APS Speaker of the Council presides over the Council of Representatives, comprised of national and international APS members as well as representatives for society Divisions, Forums, and Sections. The Speaker also serves on the Board of Directors and on the Board Executive Committee.
"It's an honor to be elected to this leadership position in the APS," said Gay. "The American Physical Society represents the interests of 51,000 international physicists to both the federal government and to government funding agencies in the U.S. We also 'get the word out' to the public regarding the latest discoveries in physics, publish the most prestigious family of physics journals in the world, and run the meetings that essentially define the state of physics in the U.S. This an exciting personal and professional opportunity for me."
The mission of the APS includes leading the advancement of physics, supporting the physics community, and cooperating with other national physics societies. The Council of Representatives advances these missions as a part of society governance. It oversees science-related concerns and membership, and is responsible for publications, science policy and strategy, awards, and meetings for the society.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy is excited to have faculty take an active role in the leadership of an organization spanning academia, national laboratories, and industry.