We’ve just had a round of local elections, and you may still be having a hard time getting over the national ones from a year ago. There’s an easier one underway – elections at the American Physical Society. I’m one of the candidates for “Member at Large” of the Division of Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP) Executive Committee. If you are a member of DCMP, you probably got an email explaining how to vote. The executive committee mostly makes decisions related to the representation of condensed matter physics at the annual American Physical Society meeting. But it also “has general charge of the affairs of the division.”
It seemed to me like a reasonable time to run for the committee. There certainly are affairs that are of concern in DCMP and indeed to all of science and beyond. For example, the proposed tax on tuition and fee remission for graduate students is a big one, that you can read about in the NY times. That’s a nightmare for universities and something that would be extremely damaging to research and higher education in the US.
If you happen to be a member of the APS and the DCMP, I’d be happy to have your vote 🙂 I’ll try to be a responsible and responsive representative.