Communicating physics at the APS March Meeting

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21 March 2014

Nearly 10,000 people turned out for the APS March Meeting, March 3–7 in Denver, CO. If you were not among those fortunate enough to attend, you can still catch some of the “March Madness” by viewing several dozen videos taken on-site to share the experience with a broader audience, now available on YouTube. You can also visit the APS virtual press room to see the image and video galleries, explaining some of the science that was shared with the community in contributed and invited sessions. 

APS March mtg videoAIP staff members supported and participated in this largest physics meeting of the year. AIP's media services worked with APS’ media relations team to run a well-attended press room. Press briefings touched on subjects ranging from bacteria physics to visa policies for scientists, and from an anti-icing technique inspired by ice skating to using satellite imagery for the public good. For a live audience of journalists, the team webcast all 15 press briefings, which are now available for viewing. In Physics Today’s Enterprise section, see the team's blog post entitled Sound Surgery, pertaining to the intriguing topic of medical ultrasound discussed by IPF speaker Lawrence Crum of the University of Washington.


SPS worked with Crystal Bailey, APS career programs manager, to host undergraduate-focused events at the meeting, including four oral sessions with more than 50 undergraduate presenters; a poster session with 65 presenters; a Career Panel workshop, in which a portion of the Careers Toolbox for Undergraduate Students was presented; and the Undergraduate Student Awards Reception, in which 20 outstanding undergraduates were recognized for their superior presentations. 

Three editors from Physics Today attended sessions and spoke with researchers, all day every day, acquiring material and ideas for magazine content. 

AIP had a sizeable presence in the exhibit hall, where we promoted Physics Today, Computing in Science and Engineering magazine, and the Society of Physics Students; AIP Publishing promoted AIP journals; and Physics Today also hosted the Exhibitor Lounge, where 250 exhibitors enjoyed coffee and bagels in the morning, sodas and chips in the afternoon. GradSchoolShopper exhibited at the APS Graduate School Fair. 

These exhibits afforded us the opportunity to gather information about how APS members use AIP publications, programs, and services.