Letter from the Chair
Dear Fellow Far-Westerners,
Welcome to your geographical section of the American Physical Society; initially California, then CA-NV and CA-NV-HI, and now Far West! If you are not yet a Sections member but belong to APS, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added. It won't cost you anything extra, but will provide a bit of extra funding for the Section to carry out its tasks.
What does the Section do? The same things that the American Physical Society does: identify new members, elect officers, hold meetings, and give prizes (for outstanding student and postdoc presentations at those meetings).
Our next meeting will be Friday & Saturday 24-25 October 2014 at University of Nevada, Reno (nearest airport Reno, Nevada). The 2015 meeting will be in City of Long Beach, close to LA. Why should you join and come? A chance to meet physicists from disciplines and institutions very different from your own. And, most important, a chance for your students and other young colleagues to give real, APS-style 12-minute talks about their own research. This applies to undergraduate and graduate physics students, and for some of them it may well be their first talks about their own work. Talk from less junior physicists are also welcome.
In addition, the meeting will have several plenary talks by outstanding colleagues, a panel discussion on some topic of general interest (careers in start-ups, aerospace, and medical physics have been recent ones); and a "meet the masters" luncheon for students and established physicists. Housing, travel, meeting registration, and meals for students who give talks are considerably subsidized. This (and the prizes for outstanding presentations) are our major annual expense. Details of the meeting will appear on another web page in summer 2014.
That is what your Section can do for you. Now, what can you do for your Section? It needs your help with several things — an election is coming up; the 2014 meeting program and other activities need to be formulated; and eventually abstracts must be sorted. Each of these requires a small committee and ideas.
So, if you are willing to help (or want to "volunteer" a colleague) please get in touch with the following:
Nominating Committee Chair: Peter Beiersdorfer (LLNL),
Program Committee Chair: Douglas Singleton (CSU Fresno),
Newsletter Editor: Hendrik Ohldag (SLAC), in case you would like to write or read something.
Secretary-Treasurer: Ken Ganezer (CSU Domiguez Hills).
Local Organizing Committee for October meeting, Chair: Peter Winkler (University of Nevada Reno).
Section members will receive sporadic updates, reminders, and such about these and other activities. Please be sure you are on the list!
With greetings from the Far West,
Department of Physics
University of California Davis