Dr. Vigdor Teplitz

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Dr. Teplitz is Professor Emeritus from Southern Methodist University (SMU), Astrophysicist Emeritus from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), and consultant to the Space and Advanced Technology Office of the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science of the U.S. Department of State.  His past academic positions have included: Assistant and Associate Professor of Physics at MIT, Physics Department Head at Virginia tech, Physics Department Chair at SMU.  His past positions within the U.S. Government have included periods: at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency on bilateral negotiations with the Soviet Union on antisatellite and other strategic weapons; at the White house Office of Science and Technology Policy; and at NASA/GSFC.  From 2000 until June 2010, he was the U.S. representative to the NATO committee on Science for Peace and Security (SPS).   He was appointed by President Clinton to the Science and Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) chaired by Defense expert Richard L. Garwin, in the middle of the first term and served on it and its follow-on committees through the end of the second term.

Dr. Teplitz’s research is at the border between elementary particle theory, on the one side and astrophysics and cosmology on the other.  He is author or co-author of over 100 research papers in these areas (see http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/ and search for “author Teplitz, v” for most of them)  Some of these works are in collaboration with his wife, Dr. Doris Rosenbaum, including an article in Scientific American (March, 1993) modestly titled The future of the Universe

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