Brown Theoretical Physics Center Director Brad Marston has been elected to the presidential line of the American Physical Society. Professor Marston will serve as vice president starting in 2024, as president-elect in 2025, and as president in 2026.
He joins two Brown faculty members as past presidents of the APS with connections to the Theoretical Physics Center: co-founding Director Jim Gates (APS president in 2021), and Carl Barus (1856-1935, APS president in 1905-1906), professor of physics and Dean of the Graduate School. The BTPC is housed in the Barus Building.
“An understanding of physics endows us with critical perspectives to address the global threats of nuclear warfare and climate change and respond to the urgent call for global equity and sustainable sources of energy. It prepares us to confront emergent challenges such as quantum information and the rapid ascendance of artificial intelligence. In times of political tension, such as during the Cold War, physics brought people together to advance not just our understanding of science but also our mutual empathy and respect.”
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