PHYSICS PROFESSOR AT UH PROMOTES SCIENCE
AMONG LATINOS IN NEW POST
Carlos Ordonez Elected Vice Chair for American Physical Society,
HOUSTON, April 30, 2004 – Carlos R. Ordonez, assistant professor
of physics at the University of Houston, was recently elected vice
chair for the Texas section of the American Physical Society (APS).
A four-year post that lasts until March 2008, this position upholds
the mission of the APS “to advance and diffuse the knowledge
of physics.” As an officer on the executive committee of the
Texas section of the APS, Ordonez plans to promote Latinos in physics
and scientific collaborations between North and South America, as
well as upgrade the teaching of physics in middle and high schools
Ordonez’ research at UH centers on high-energy theoretical
physics with support from a grant from the theoretical physics division
of the National Science Foundation (NSF). His work in chiral lagrangians
in nuclear physics has been widely cited, and he has an active group
of students, postdocs and collaborators engaged in the research
of quantum field theory, with applications in nuclear, condensed
and high-energy physics, as well as current interest in black holes
and string physics. Over the years, Ordonez has been interested
in promoting participation of the Hispanic community in science
and technology and is the director of the World Laboratory Center
for Pan-American Collaboration in Science and Technology at UH.
He brings up to four Latin American postdoctoral fellows for two-year
sojourns at UH, where they work with prominent local scientists.
With a history spanning more than a century, the APS was founded
in 1899. Its activities have broadened considerably since its inception,
stimulated by an increase in federal funding and by the increased
public involvement of scientists. The APS is active in public and
governmental affairs, as well as in the international physics community,
and conducts extensive programs in education, public outreach and
media relations. The Texas section is one of eight organized by
Of its more than 40,000 members in the arena of national, international
and governmental affairs, the APS publishes the world’s most
prestigious and widely read physics research journals, develops
and implements effective programs in physics education and outreach
and communicates with the public and policymakers.
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