2017 New Officers

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

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.

Two Year College Rep

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.