AIP engages at the APS April Meeting
Communicating science. Earlier this month, AIP media services teamed up with APS’ media relations department to run the press room at the APS April Meeting 2014 in Savannah, GA. Staff webcast 13 press briefings in three days for an international audience of reporters, including one radio journalist from Germany. Topics included the ongoing quest to identify dark matter; extreme energy and Elon Musk’s hyperloop; how stars explode and galaxies form; stories of famous physicists in an anniversary year; and the latest results from three experiments: BICEP2, BOSS, and IceCube. Recordings of the press briefings are available on the APS website.
On exhibit. The bustling exhibit hall included booths for Physics Today and Computing in Science & Engineering (CiSE). Staff surveyed APS members about how they read and use Physics Today, and introduced many booth visitors to CiSE, to which most (85%) academics have access through their universities.
Supporting history. AIP history staff attended the history sessions and participated in the APS Forum on the History of Physics (FHP) Executive Committee meeting, to help coordinate our program offerings.
Enhancing the undergraduate experience. A large number of undergraduate students attended the meeting—many from small schools with active SPS chapters—and SPS staff helped support their meeting experience. SPS chaired two oral sessions and participated in the undergraduate luncheon session, speaking about Career Pathways and how to find work with a physics degree.
In recognition. During the APS Awards Ceremony, Fred Dylla presented the 2014 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics to Gregory W. Moore of Rutgers University, “for eminent contributions to mathematical physics with a wide influence in many fields, ranging from string theory to supersymmetric gauge theory, conformal field theory, condensed matter physics, and four-manifold theory.”