APS April Meeting 2018

Highlighted Events

APS Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 13
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Convention Center, A216

The meeting will feature presentations from APS leadership and provided members with an opportunity to ask questions in-person and online. Overview APS leaders, including the APS president, CEO, EIC, treasurer, publisher, and speaker of the council will provide an overview of the Society and priorities for 2018. Attendees (including virtual attendees) will have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments. The meeting will be live streamed online and recorded.

Watch the 2017 APS Annual Business Meeting


  • Kate Kirby, CEO
  • Roger Falcone, 2018 APS President
  • James Hollenhorst, Treasurer
  • Timothy Gay, Speaker of the Council
  • Michael Thoennessen, Editor in Chief
  • Matthew Salter, Publisher

Kavli Foundation Keynote Plenary Session: A Feynman Century
Saturday, April 14
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Convention Center, Union Station Ballroom BC

Being Feynman’s Curious Sister
Joan Feynman, Jet Propulsion Lab

Quantum Computing and Feynman’s Opportunity
Christopher Monroe, University of Maryland

Feynman's Footprints: Quantum Field Theory in Nuclear and Particle Physics
Roxanne Springer, Duke University

Kavli Foundation

Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves (Public Lecture)
Saturday, April 14
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Convention Center, Union Station Ballroom BC

Join 2017 Nobel Prize Winner, Rainer Weiss, for an illuminating lecture that will explore the basic concepts of gravitational waves, the instruments and methods used for data analysis, and recent results in the field. Although it’s impossible to predict the full, long-term impact of the new observatories, you will leave with a vision for the future of gravitational wave astrophysics and astronomy.




APS Prizes & Awards Ceremonial Session
Sunday, April 15
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Convention Center, A112-113

APS Prizes and Awards are presented for outstanding contributions to physics. All are welcome to join us in honoring these remarkable physicists.

Reading of the Play FLIGHT
Sunday, April 15
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Hilton Columbus, George Bellows EF

Plenary Session II: From Nuclear Security to Neutron-star Mergers
Monday, April 16
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Convention Center, Union Station Ballroom BC

Physics and the Government: Navigating Science Policy and Nuclear Security
Njema Frazier, NNSA, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Testing General Relativity Using a Pulsar in a Triple System
Anne Archibald, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy

Discovery, Characterization and Physics Implications of the electromagnetic signatures of GW170817
Marcelle Soares-Santos, Brandeis University

Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting
Monday, April 16
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Convention Center, B130

We want to hear from you!

The APS leadership is undertaking a new Strategic Planning initiative this year. Meet with APS President Roger Falcone and CEO Kate Kirby to learn about the initiative and more importantly, have the opportunity to provide your input and thoughts about the future direction of APS.

If you are unable to attend the town hall meeting or would like to submit a question or comment beforehand, please use the form below.

Submit a Question or Comment

Roger Falcone

Roger Falcone, 2018 APS President

Kate Kirby

Kate Kirby, APS CEO

Plenary Session III: APS Medal & Nobel Prize Winners
Tuesday, April 17
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Convention Center, Union Station Ballroom BC

APS Medal for Excellence in Physics Talk: Magnetic dissipation and field-line topology
Eugene Parker, University of Chicago

LIGO and Gravitational Waves I
Rainer Weiss, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

LIGO and Gravitational Waves II 
Barry Barish, California Institute of Technology