Vice Chair Candidate
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 of Physics G.
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.