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June 2022 (Volume 31, number 6)

I’m the New Editor of APS News, and I’m Excited for What Comes Next

By Taryn MacKinney

Hello, everyone! Happy June.

My name is Taryn, and I’m thrilled to be the new Editor of APS News. I’m taking the reins from David Voss, who was Editor for nearly eight years and led with skill and dedication. I’ll do my best to fill these big shoes.

My job is to help tell the stories of physicists, who spend their careers improving the field they love—making it better known, better taught, and better studied, and nudging it a little closer to the next big question, the next big answer.

In other words, my job is to help you tell your story.

For years, I honed my skills in science storytelling at Atlantic Media and then at the nonprofit Union of Concerned Scientists, where I researched, wrote, and edited stories on everything from chemical policy to climate change, the US Census to the science of masks.

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Taryn MacKinney


Now, I’m excited to become the Editor of the preeminent physics society publication—the voice of physics. This is an incredible community of passionate people, doing groundbreaking work across the nation and around the world. I’m looking forward to sharing their stories—your stories—with you, and with new audiences, too.

And I’m excited to dig into all the questions, big and small, new and old, that inspire newcomers and experts alike. How do quantum computers work? What lies beyond the Standard Model? How do we make physics welcoming for everybody?

There’s so much to learn, and I can’t wait to dive in with you.

So what comes next for APS News? We’ll start with some exciting changes. We’ll grow the newsletter’s digital presence to reach more people. We’ll expand our pool of talented writers to tell the stories you want to read. We’ll partner with you to publish your thoughts and opinions, so that more readers can engage.

We’ll need your help. This publication is, after all, for you. What do you love to read? What stories do you hope to tell? We want to publish interesting ideas and fresh perspectives, and we need our readers to plant the seeds.

So when you send a letter to the Editor, I’ll be on the other end, eager to work with and learn from you.

Taryn MacKinney is the Editor of APS News. You can reach her and the APS News team at letters@aps.org.

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US Monitoring of Methane Emissions is Falling Short, Report from APS, Optica Finds
International Teaching Can Transform Physics
I’m the New Editor of APS News, and I’m Excited for What Comes Next
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of First African-American Woman to Earn Physics PhD
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From Great Plains to Alaska, Physicists in the Northwest Section Prepare for June Meeting in Canada
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This Month in Physics History
FYI: Science Policy News From AIP
The APS Ethics Committee’s Work in 2021
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