2017 Officer Candidates

The 2017 officer candidates are listed below along with a short vitae.  Below the candidates if the form to use for your choice.  The form does ask for identification since we need to be sure the election is valid and only from TS AAPT members.  Once proper ID has been established, the names will be removed for the final tally. If you prefer not to have your name submitted, contact Paul William to tell him your choice. NOTE THAT WITHOUT A NAME YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED.

Vice President Candidates

Christian Bahraim has been Professor of Physics at Lamar University since 2015. He received his Ph.D. from University of Paris at Orsay, in 1997, after being for five years a French Government scholar. His Ph.D. dissertation was in the field of atomic physics, with emphasis on the depolarization of atoms due to collisions. In 1998, he joined the Theoretical Atomic Physics Group at the Kansas State University and worked on the physics of negative ions. In 2001, he joined Lamar University. Starting with 2005 he holds a joint-appointment position with the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering. In fall 2013 he was the Interim Chair of the Physics Department. Along the years, Dr. Bahrim was involved in various research topics of theoretical physics including atomic collisions and interactions, quantum optics, electron scattering on heavy alkali atoms, and laser-produced plasmas as a laser source. His experimental research is mostly in the field of optics and spectroscopy, including studies of polarized light reflected by dielectrics. Among my most significant scientific results along the years there are: an improved Brewster angle method for finding accurate indices of refraction; the interpretation of atomic depolarizations using a molecular model; the idea of using polarized photons for binary recording in a novel EIT-type W scheme; and the formation of IR excimers with light noble gases. Dr. Bahrim is referee to several journals in the United States, Europe and China. He published more than 130 papers in journals, books, and conference proceedings. As teacher at Lamar, Dr. Bahrim led several graduate and undergraduate students to outstanding academic success, including McNair Scholars, Beck fellows, or Goldwater recipients, for which he received the 2015 Faculty Mentoring Award. Dr. Bahrim was the Chair of the Joint 2016 Spring Meeting of the APS, AAPT and SPS Zone 13 hosted by Lamar University. Also, he was/is member of several organizing committees for national and international conferences.

Paul Walter did his undergraduate studies in physics at the University of Notre Dame.  He then attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin.  His PhD work involved developing a computational model to simulate merger events of binary black holes and extract the resulting gravitational waves.  Upon graduation, he has since been at St. Edward’s University for the past 7 years.  At St. Edward’s, Dr. Walter coordinates the general education Science program and largely coordinates the Physics program as well.  Currently in the process of applying, Dr. Walter will serve as the faculty advisor for a new SPS chapter at St. Edward’s.  For two years, he co-chaired the St. Edward’s University Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) Steering Committee.  The symposium takes place each April and has 30 talks, another 30 – 40 poster presentations, and a concluding ceremony.  He also coordinated the Freshman Introduction to Research Experience Workshop in Summer 2013 in which 56 natural science students attended a weekend research experience prior to the beginning of their first semester.


Two Year College Rep Candidates

Regina Barrerra is the Science Lab Coordinator for over 20 years at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. She is in charge of the Sciences and assist in helping other arenas such as Math and Engineering. She has received her BS in Physics at the University of Houston and done additional graduate work in physics. She has been very active in the Texas section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and giving dozens of workshops, papers, and posters. The workshops that she given show teachers ideas and the necessary equipment they may want to implement in their classroom so that teachers may want to try before they buy. She also has attended numerous national AAPT meetings where she also has presented workshops, papers and posters.

Trina Canon:  Today’s world of education is truly in the whirlwind of evolution. As a teacher for 48 years, I have watched the focus of classroom instruction altered from a creative instructional plan to a “cookie cutter” assembly line with everyone on the same page at the same time. Now in the community college environment, I am seeing hints and clues that some leadership would like to witness similar educational plans at this level of instruction. As the 2-year college representative on the board for TSAAPT I will not be able to alter this movement. I can provide an active and involved participation in the board’s mission to promote and impel the quality of physics education as guided by physics education research and I will continue my efforts in our outreach programs we organize for the spring meeting. I will also continue my involvement with the national meeting of AAPT as a presenter, committee member and observer. No other organization has influenced my classroom pedagogy like AAPT. I value my experience and participation in this organization. I ask for your support of my nomination for this position on the board

2017 Officer Elections