Frances Hellman takes the Helm as APS President

December 17, 2021

Professor Frances Hellman joined the Berkeley Physics faculty in 2005 and served as Chair from 2007 to 2013. She holds joint positions as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist in the Materials Science DOn January 1, Berkeley Physics Professor Frances Hellman begins a one-year term as President of the American Physical Society. In preparation for that role, she stepped down as Dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, a position she held for seven years. As Dean, Hellman contributed on many fronts. She conducted a deep analysis of differential outcomes among students from different backgrounds, addressed the role of mathematics skills in student achievement, and created a program that provides paths to success for underrepresented minorities, including women, gender minorities, and first-generation students, as well as community college transfers. Her efforts to recruit and retain the greatest faculty in the world ensure that Berkeley remains a global leader in basic scientific research.

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