University of Chicago’s Young-Kee Kim Joins the Chain of Presidential Succession of the American Physical Society

Young-Kee Kim, an experimental physicist at the University of Chicago, has been elected to the presidential chain of succession of the American Physical Society. Starting January 1, 2022, Dr. Kim will serve successive yearlong terms as vice president, president-elect, president, and past-president. When she becomes president in 2024, she will become the ninth scientist from the University of Chicago to hold the position.

Founded in 1899, the American Physical Society is an association of physicists which works to advance the knowledge of physics. With more than 55,000 members, the APS is active in public and governmental affairs, publishes multiple science journals, and conducts extensive programs in education, public outreach, and media relations.

“I am humbled by this moment and deeply grateful to my colleagues for their confidence and the opportunity to serve this amazing society,” said Dr. Kim. “The mission of APS is to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community. Never have these goals been more important than the present,” Dr. Kim added. “Issues such as public disregard of scientific expertise have been amplified during the pandemic. Open international scientific collaboration has become challenging. Building trust with the public at large is critical.”

Dr. Kim is chair of the department of physics at the University of Chicago. She is the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor in the department and the Enrico Fermi Institute and senior advisor to the provost for global scientific initiatives. Dr. Kim joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 2003 after teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been chair of the department of physics since 2016. In 2022, she will serve as president of the Korean American Scientists and Engineers Association.

Professor Kim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Korea University. She earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Rochester in New York.

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