Richard H. Price - AAPT - AJP Editor 2017Richard Price to Become Next Editor of the American Journal of Physics


College Park, Maryland, United States, October 20, 2016—The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) announced that Richard Price will assume the position of Editor for the American Journal of Physics (AJP) in 2017.

Price’s education includes graduate work in Engineering Physics at Cornell University and a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology.  Since receiving his Ph.D., he has held faculty positions at University of Utah, Louisiana State University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas at San Antonio, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  His research interests include gravitational theory and relativistic astrophysics, black holes, and applied mathematics.  He has supervised twelve graduate theses and thirty-six postdoctoral fellows.  Price is currently Adjunct Professor and Research Affiliate at MIT.

The recipient of numerous awards and grants, Price is a frequent author in some of the most prestigious physics and astronomy journals.  His publications have appeared in such journals as Physical Review Letters and Astrophysical Journal, and he served two terms as Division Associate Editor of the Physical Review Letters.  He has co-authored three books including one with Kip Thorne titled Black Holes: The Membrane Paradigm.  Additionally, he regularly contributes to the American Journal of Physics as a reviewer and has authored over 20 articles.  Price is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"The Search Committee was very pleased with the extraordinarily high quality of the applicant pool, honored that AJP's editorial office has found such a welcoming and supportive home at MIT, and confident that the journal will thrive under the strong leadership of Richard Price," said Harvey Leff, Search Committee Chair.

Price will begin working as an Associate Editor with David Jackson, the current editor, this fall.  During that time he will be considering the structure of the AJP editorial office and future directions of the journal.

In his application for the position, Price noted that, "My wide view starts with my enthusiastic acceptance of the mission of the Journal in the current Statement of Editorial policy: meeting the needs and interests of students and physics instructors in higher education.  In practice, the Journal is more.  In a small informal survey of attitudes among my colleagues, I found unanimous praise for the Journal.  Some spoke of 'loving' the AJP.  A hint of why is in a statement by Edward Purcell, quoted in the AJP editorial of December 1989: 'Of all the physics journals I receive, AJP is the one I read.'  My interpretation is a minor variation of that editorial.  Reading professional research journals is part of our work; reading AJP is closer to the fun we remember when we were first learning physics."

About the American Journal of Physics

The American Journal of Physics is devoted to the instructional and cultural aspects of physics.  The journal informs physics education globally with member subscriptions, institutional subscriptions, such as libraries and physics departments, and consortia agreements. It is geared to an advanced audience, primarily at the college level.  Contents include novel approaches to laboratory and classroom instruction, insightful articles on topics in classical and modern physics, apparatus and demonstration notes, historical or cultural topics, resource letters, research in physics education, and book reviews.

About AAPT

AAPT is the premier international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage practical application of physics principles, support continuing professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. AAPT was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland.

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