APS April Meeting 2018

Diversity Events

Professional Skills Development Workshop for Women
Friday, April 13
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Convention Center

The workshop will have two sessions running concurrently, led by Yvette Huet and Nancy Houfek, and is designed to develop skills in the areas of:

  • Persuasive Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Leadership

Who should attend?

Women who are in the early stages of their career (postdocs and faculty/scientists)

Registration Information

  • No cost to attend, but preregistration is required
  • Registration is required
  • Registration is now closed

Professional Skills Development Seminar for Women
Sunday, April 15
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hilton Columbus, Robert King

This 2-hour seminar will focus on professional skills that students can use to negotiate a position in academia, industry or at a national lab, interact positively on teams and with a mentor or advisor, think tactically, articulate goals, enhance their personal presence, and develop alliances. This highly interactive workshop will be led by Dr. Evie Downie, Associate Professor of Physics and an Associate Dean at the George Washington University.

Who should attend?

Women undergrads and grad students

Registration Information

  • No cost to attend, but preregistration is required
  • Registration is now closed

NSBP/NSHP Reception
Sunday, April 15
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Hilton Columbus, Edward Parker Hayde

The National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) meetup will provide opportunities for NSBP and NSHP members and those interested in the work of the societies to gather, network, and learn about NSBP and NSHP initiatives. All are welcome. Students and postdoctoral researchers are especially encouraged to attend.

Roundtable: Improving the Climate in Physics for LGBT+ Physicists
Sunday, April 15
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Hilton Columbus, Elijah Pierce A

The LGBT+Physicists group welcomes all interested attendees to participate in a round-table discussion on improving the professional and educational climate within physics with particular attention to those those who identify as gender and sexual minorities (LGBTQQIAAP+). The session will focus on the ongoing implementation of the recommendations from the report entitled “LGBT Climate in Physics: Building an Inclusive Community,” which was released at the APS March Meeting in 2015. We will discuss strategies for both APS-led and grass roots organizing aimed at improving support for physicists at different career stages and in diverse environments, including academia, industry and the public sector. Allies are especially welcome at this event to learn how they may help to support and mentor LGBT+ physicists and how the proposed actions can help improve the climate for a broad cross-section of physicists with intersecting minoritized identities within our field.

Attendees are encouraged to attend the diversity reception to follow the discussion panel.

Education and Diversity Reception
Sunday, April 15
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Hilton Columbus, Elijah Pierce B

Join us to relax, unwind, and recognize new Fellows and award winners at the Education & Diversity Reception sponsored by the Forum on Education (FEd), the Committee on Minorities (COM), and the Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP). We will recognize new Forum on Education Fellows, recipients of the Committee on Education's (COE) Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education, and women and minority physicists who have received APS prizes, awards, and fellowships. This is also a wonderful opportunity to learn about current education and diversity efforts spearheaded by COM, CSWP, COE and LGBT physicists. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome; no registration required.