PhysicsCentral Team

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.