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APS Selects Editor in Chief

Pierre Meystre slated to take the editorial helm at the APS journals

Pierre Meystre of the University of Arizona has been appointed Editor in Chief of the Physical Review research journals published by the APS. Starting in mid-August 2016, he will take responsibility for APS journal content and will partner with senior leadership in setting the agenda and strategic vision for the journals.

"I am honored and humbled to have been chosen to take the helm of the world's most respected physics journals,” said Meystre in a statement released by APS, “and am looking forward to working with the terrific APS team of editors in continuing to serve the physics community by further expanding the quality and breadth of our publications.”

Meystre is currently Regents Professor of Physics and Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, Director of the Biosphere 2 Institute in Oracle, Arizona, Director of the Arizona Center for STEM Teachers, and has served as lead editor of Physical Review Letters since 2013.

Barry Barish, a professor at Caltech and 2011 APS president, chaired the search committee that recommended Meystre. “We sought someone with stature, broad knowledge of physics, commitment to the APS, and a forward-looking vision for our journals,” he said. “Pierre has all those qualities, plus he will bring abundant energy and a very human approach to the job."

“Meystre’s passion for physics and commitment to the journals made a strong impression on all of us,” added APS CEO Kate Kirby. “I look forward to working with Pierre and having him involved in the leadership of the Society.”

Meystre will be based full-time at the APS editorial offices in Ridge, NY. Until then, Editorial Director Daniel Kulp will continue as interim Editor in Chief. APS expects to promptly begin the search for a new lead editor for Physical Review Letters.

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