The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for the History of Physics is pleased to host a second international conference for graduate students and early career scholars, to be held March 30 – April 01, 2014 in College Park, MD. The primary theme will be Global Science, Global Technology, Global Impacts. The first goal of this conference is to foster communication and collaboration amongst junior scholars regarding the history of science and technology. Second, it will provide a forum for exploring and reflecting upon current issues in the historiography of the physical sciences and global technologies, particularly relating to practice and culture. Third, the conference will also provide an opportunity for junior scholars to interact with invited senior scholars.
A block of rooms is reserved at the Greenbelt Marriott (6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt Maryland), from Saturday March 29 to Tuesday April 1 (checkout). To save money on taxes, AIP will pay for the rooms directly and then deduct the cost from your financial support. The rate is $149/night. Share your room with a colleaugue and save! We only have a small number of double room available, so if you would like us to place you with another person, let us know right away.
The hotel is five miles from the American Center for Physics (ACP), the building housing AIP, the American Physical Society (APS), the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). AIP and the hotel will cooperate in offering shuttle van service, but anyone with a car is encouraged to gather a group and speed the people moving along.
About the Local Area
The Center for History of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives, and Emilio Segrè Visual Archives are part of the American Institute of Physics, located in College Park, MD. College Park is also home to the University of Maryland, one of the largest universities in the state, and a short distance from Washington, DC.
You may want to consider staying an extra day to explore some of the many local attractions. Washington DC, in addition to being the capital of the United States, boasts a number of excellent museums, libraries, and restaurants. For example, you may want to visit the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, or the National Gallery of Art. Many of these places offer free admission (be sure to check) and are located on the National Mall, which is accessible by the metro rail system.
You may also enjoy seeing other areas of the Capitol region, such as Dupont Circle, a lively area with many embassies, restaurants, private art museums, and used bookstores; the Eastern Market, which boasts a large open air flee market on Sundays; or Alexandria, an historic town located just south of DC, which has a number of good restaurants and lots of old-world charm. All of these areas are accessible by metro rail.
As with other large cities, please be careful and mindful of your surroundings and personal belongings.
For more information about the Capitol region and local attractions, check out: http://washington.org/find-dc-listings/attractions.
We hope you enjoy your visit!