PhysicsCentral Team

Becky Thompson

Becky ThompsonBecky Thompson grew up near Annapolis, MD. After getting her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 2001 she decided she needed a change and moved to the Lone Star state where she got her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em!). Her research involved studying the intricate buckling pattern at the edge of daffodils and then computationally putting them into a fourth spatial dimension. While at UT she toured Austin with her Physics Circus show, making pickles glow for elementary school kids. She joined the PhysicsCentral team in 2008. When she is not making small explosions on her desk in the name of physics outreach she attempts to finish triathlons and bakes really tasty brownies. She has yet to set anything on fire that she didn’t mean to.


Stephen Skolnick


Brian JacobsmeyerBorn in Washington, DC, Stephen moved to Indiana at the age of five and remained there through college, graduating from Indiana University in 2014 with a BS in applied physics and a minor in math. After a variety of internships at the American Physical Society, Stephen landed his current job as the editor of In his off time, he enjoys climbing (of both the rock and tree varieties), coming up with unconventional hypotheses, and playing the harmonica. Stephen is acutely aware at all times of the possibility that his behavior is being influenced by the writhing multitude of microbes that live in his intestines.


James Roche


James RocheBorn and raised in the Washington DC area, James Roche believes he may be the inspiration for the Rambo movies. His undiagnosed attention deficit disorder led him to pursue a degree in physics with a minor in art and visual technology. To help pay for calculators and paint brushes, he tutored math and science while directing skateboarding camps for five years. This somewhat strange assortment of interests helped him become the APS Project Coordinator for LaserFest, the 2010 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first working death ray laser. When he’s not talking about lasers, skateboarding or Rambo, you might find him throwing bricks at the basketball court or dancing to his own rhythm near your pub’s jukebox.