December 19, 2014
Kennedy Reed has been elected the President-Designate of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) at that organization's latest General Assembly, which was held in Singapore on Nov 5-7, 2014. He will serve a 3-year term as President-Designate, followed by a 3-year term as President, and finally a 3-year term as Immediate Past President. Reed is the first American elected to this position since Nobel laureate Burton Richter, who was President of IUPAP from 1999-2002. The IUPAP was established in 1922 to: stimulate and promote international cooperation in physics; sponsor suitable international meetings and to assist organizing committees; foster the preparation and the publication of abstracts of papers and tables of physical constants; promote international agreements on other use of symbols, units, nomenclature and standards; foster free circulation of scientists; and encourage research and education.