On Nov. 13, Fermilab scientist Pushpa Bhat was elected to the American Physical Society Board of Directors. Her three-year term begins on Jan. 1, 2017.
The American Physical Society is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS has over 51,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world.
Bhat has long been an active member of APS. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and previously served as the chair of the APS Forum on Physics and Society, which has about 6,000 members, and on the APS Governance Committee. She was also elected to the APS Council of Representatives earlier this year.
Bhat has played leadership roles on CMS, DZero and the Tevatron upgrades. In 2015 she was appointed deputy head of the Fermilab Program Planning Office. She is also an adjunct professor and graduate faculty at Northern Illinois University.
The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the governance and affairs of the American Physical Society, including
- Determining strategy
- Overseeing the financial affairs
- Overseeing the publishing and other operations
- All other responsibilities given to the board by the constitution and bylaws
- All other responsibilities necessary to govern APS affairs