First the disappointing news: my close friend Antonio Pita and I have both lost our respective elections, he for President, and I for Director of the Canadian/International Constituency Group. Prevailing were Father Thomas Stephen Acker, S.J., former President of Wheeling (West Virginia) Jesuit University and Dr. Robin Moore-Orr, an Australian living and working in Canada. Both winners are highly respected scientists. Fr. Acker is just as well regarded as an academic administrator by reputation. Personally I know Dr. Orr, and note her as a most gracious lady. These two will represent their constituencies admirably, and have my full support.
The third personal in the Presidental contest, Tom Kvale, Professor of Physics at the University of Toledo, also deserves my mention. Tom has become a friend also over these past two years since we met at the Sigma Xi Annual Meeting of 2009 in Houston, Texas. He was there with his son David, who earned a Superior Award (not easy to get, given the high level of competition) in the Student Poster Contest. Now, I know Tom not only by reputation as a front rank particle physicist, but personally as a really nice man. He is Norwegian by ancestry, incidentally, giving him a connection to my wife Bente. The best part of my activity with Sigma Xi, that which gives me the highest reward, is meeting such really fine people as Tom.