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Vice Chair Candidate

Baha Balantekin earned his B.Sc. from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Yale
University in 1982. After serving as a Research Associate at MIT and as a Wigner Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is a theoretical physicist with research interests at the interface of nuclear physics, particle physics, and astrophysics. His research has a very strong international component. He was selected as a Japan Society of Promotion of Science Senior Fellow in 1994; an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Awardee in 1997; a European Center for Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Related Areas (ECT*), Trento, Italy Senior Fellow in 2000; and Turkish Scientific Research Council Science Prize Recipient in 2001. He spent a significant amount of time at various international centers of physics including Australian National University (Canberra, Australia); ECT* (Trento, Italy); Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (Heidelberg, Germany); National University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico City); Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario); Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan); University of Sao Paulo (Brazil); and Feza Gursey Institute of Theoretical Physics (Istanbul, Turkey). He is currently actively collaborating with scientists from Brazil, France, Turkey, and Japan. In addition to serving on APS Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) and Forum on International Physics Executive Committees, Balantekin is currently finishing his term as the Chair of DNP. He served as the Chair of the Nuclear Theory Section, International Science Foundation Physics Panel in 1993-1994 and as a member of Advisory Committee for the annual Oaxtepec Symposia in Nuclear Physics in 1992-2001. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Institute of Physics (United Kingdom) journal
Journal of Physics G.

Candidate's Statement

International Collaboration is an integral part of doing science, especially physics. APS should continue taking steps to ensure international interactions and free exchange of scientists (from graduate students to senior researchers) and ideas take place. It is important that we all work together to further eliminate racial, gender, and national-origin oriented barriers to doing science. The leadership of the Forum on International Physics, reflecting the diversity of the U.S. Physics Community, should continue working towards achieving these goals.
In addition I would like to see especially the younger members of the APS, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students get involved in the activities of the Forum.