A message from Michael H. Moloney, Ph.D.
CEO, American Institute of Physics
April 20, 2020
Like organizations across the world, the staff at the American Institute of Physics have done a tremendous job of stepping up to the challenge of continuing to pursue the Institute’s mission and serving our stakeholders at this extraordinary time. I am reaching out to keep you informed about how we are navigating the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our team at AIP and of colleagues across the physical sciences enterprise. That is why the leadership at AIP proactively made the decision to have staff begin working remotely on March 16. As a science organization, it is imperative that we lead by example in our communities and do all that we can to reduce community exposure and help to flatten the curve of viral transmission.
All AIP staff have fully embraced the transition to remote work, and I am impressed by their dedication to our mission, never faltering in their efforts to advance, promote and serve the physical sciences. Our technological backbone at AIP is robust, and our ability to continue our work remotely is largely unimpeded.
At the same time, I am reminded of the enormous responsibility of our friends and family whose work on the frontlines – in healthcare, grocery stores, security services, postal services, and so much more – enables all of us to feel a semblance of normalcy and security during these trying times.
While we at AIP navigate this period of extended remote work, I wanted to keep our friends and colleagues informed about the ways AIP resources can be accessed while our offices remain closed.
How to Reach AIP Staff?
Continue to contact us as you normally would. During this time, email would be best. If you are calling our office phones, please be mindful that it might take some time to return your call. If you do call our office phones, please leave a voicemail, as this will generate an alert that gets sent to our email.
Updates to Member Society Meetings
We continue to work closely with all 10 AIP Member Societies. In particular, we have been monitoring developments regarding Member Society scientific meetings and posting the latest information regarding cancellation, postponement or the move to virtual meetings on our Meetings Calendar, which can be found here.
AIP Online Offerings
There are a number of ways to keep up-to-date on AIP resources during this time:
- Read AIP's expert panel report, Peril and Promise: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Physical Sciences
- To support global research during the COVID-19 pandemic, AIP Publishing has made a collection of articles on infectious diseases, epidemics, computational epidemiology, and pandemics free to read to the global research community.
- To support global research during the COVID-19 pandemic, AIP Publishing is making content freely available to scientists who register on Scitation.
- AIP continues to publish its flagship publication, Physics Today. If you receive a monthly print edition owing to your membership in one of our 10 Member Societies, AIP or your society will have been in touch with information on how to ensure you can continue to receive the magazine. If you have an individual subscription to Physics Today, you can update your address by contacting our customer service here. You can also access all of our print content, as well as additional content, on our website or by downloading the Physics Today smartphone application.
- AIP is providing rolling coverage of the pandemic’s impacts as related to science policy and funding in our weekly science policy newsletter from FYI.
- Stay current with general science news by reading AIP’s science news vertical, Inside Science.
- Implement science history into at-home lesson plans for children by accessing our free teaching guides. AIP’s Center for History of Physics features more than 50 teaching guides that are appropriate for students of all ages.
- Join us for a special online history lecture on May 7, as part of our Lyne Starling Trimble Science Heritage Public Lecture Series.
- AIP’s Niels Bohr Library & Archives is closed to the public until further notice, but you can still access our digital collections, oral histories, and visual archives. Please contact us at nbl [at] aip.org for virtual reference service.
- Stay current on breaking scientific research delivered to you in simple, easy-to-read formats with our Scilight series.
Updates Directly from our Member Societies
Acoustical Society of America
- ASA's Statement on COVID-19 and Announcement of New Dates for the 179th Meeting
- Explore Sound resources for K-12 students and educators interested in learning about acoustics
- Information on the International Year of Sound Student Competition
American Association of Physicists in Medicine
- AAPM’s COVID-19 Information for Medical Physicists
- AAPM’s Ad Hoc Committee to Respond to the Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on AAPM Meetings (AHRICM)
- AAPM Spring Clinical Meeting Goes Virtual
American Association of Physics Teachers
- Message from the AAPT President, Past President, and Executive Officer Regarding the Impact of COVID-19 on AAPT and Our Members
- PhysPort, AAPT’s online resources for physics faculty
- K12 Teacher Portal: Resources, mentoring, communities, and publications for K-12 educators
American Astronomical Society
- Live-Streamed Astronomy Presentations & Events
- Access to AAS Journals While Working Outside Your Institution
American Crystallographic Association
- Through the Crystal Ball: The Role of Crystallography and Other Structural Science in COVID-19 Therapies
American Meteorological Society
- AMS and COVID-19
- AMS Meetings and COVID-19
- COVID-19 and the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise
- Tornado Sheltering Guidelines during the COVID-19 Pandemic
American Physical Society
AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
The Optical Society
As an organization, we will continue to monitor scientific data relating to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and make recommendations to return to our offices in College Park, Maryland, only when we are satisfied that we can do so in a safe and controlled manner.
Until then, know that we are mindful of you, and all members of our community. I know I speak on behalf of everyone at AIP when I say we look forward to seeing you at future events, meetings and gatherings once this has all passed.
May you and your loved ones be well. Let’s look out for each other and stay safe.