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Pittsburgh Steels Itself for Physics Invasion

The 2009 APS March Meeting will be held March 16-20 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is the largest annual gathering of professional physicists in the country. This year the scientific program will feature 112 invited sessions and 462 contributed sessions (574 total sessions), at which approximately 7000 papers will be presented, covering the latest research in areas represented by the APS divisions of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Biological Physics; Chemical Physics; Computational Physics; Condensed Matter Physics; Fluid Dynamics; Laser Science; Materials Physics; Physics of Beams; and Polymer Physics.

Also taking part will be the APS topical groups on Instrument and Measurement Science, Magnetism and its Applications, Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, and Quantum Information, as well as the forums on Industrial and Applied Physics, Physics and Society, History of Physics, International Physics, Education, and Graduate Student Affairs.

Special scheduled events include the annual prize and award presentation, a panel discussion with APS journal editors, a students’ lunch with the experts, and a High School Teachers’ Day.

In addition to the regular technical program, there will be eight half-day tutorials offered on Sunday, March 15. The tutorial topics are: Bose-Einstein Condensation and Degenerate Fermi Gases; Graphene; Plasmonics; Terahertz Spectroscopy and Its Applications; Spintronics: Physics and Device Applications; Emergent Phenomena in Complex Oxides; Nanomagnetism; Advances in Josephson Qubits.

A one-day workshop on Opportunities in Energy Research for graduate students and postdocs will be held Sunday, March 15.

The 6th APS Workshop on Opportunities in Biological Physics, organized by the Division of Biological Physics, will be held on Sunday, March 15.

On Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15, the Division of Polymer Physics will host a special short course: Physics of Polymer Nanocomposites.

There will also be a professional skills development workshop for women physicists, and a joint APS department of education/Forum on Education workshop on Incorporating Simulations and Computer Modeling into Upper Level Physics Courses.

Child-care grants of up to $300 will be available to assist meeting attendees bringing small children. The application form is available on the meeting website. A parent-child quiet room will also be available.  

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