Letter from the Chair
Dear Fellow Far-Westerners,
Welcome to your geographical section of the American Physical Society — the Far West Section (formerly CA-NV section). The section includes California, Nevada and Hawaii, with Hawaii joining in the past two years. If you are not yet a Section 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 funding for the Section to carry out its mission of being the voice for physicists in our region.
What does the Section do? The same things that the American Physical Society does: identify new members, elect officers, hold section meetings, and give prizes (for outstanding student and postdoc presentations at the section meetings).
Our next section meeting will be Friday & Saturday October 30th and 31st, 2015 at California State University, Long Beach. There will be a reception Thursday evening, October 29th, 2015 sponsored by the local SPS chapter. The 2016 meeting will be held at the University of California, Davis. Why should you join and come to the section meetings? It is a chance to meet physicists from a broad range of disciplines and institutions in the region. And, most importantly, a chance for your students and other young colleagues to give real, APS-style 10-minute talks about their research. This applies to undergraduate and graduate physics students. For some of them it may well be their first chance to talk about their own work. Talks from professional physicists are also welcome.
In addition, the section meetings have several plenary talks by outstanding colleagues and a panel discussion on some topic of general interest. Recent panels have included careers in start-ups, aerospace, and medical physics. Housing, travel, meeting registration, and meals for students who give talks are considerably subsidized. Also as part of the section meeting registration students get a one-year free student membership in the APS. These travel-related expenses for students, and the prizes for outstanding presentations, are our major annual expense. Details of the upcoming meeting will appear on a web page in summer 2015.
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 2015 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 — with their permission of course) please get in touch with the following:
Nominating Committee Chair: Andreas Bill (California State University, Long Beach).
Program Committee Chair: Peter Beiersdorfer (LLNL).
Newsletter Editor: Hendrik Ohldag (SLAC), in case you would like to write or read something.
Secretary-Treasurer: Alla Safronova (University of Nevada Reno).
Local Organizing Committee for October meeting, Chair: Andreas Bill (California State University, Long Beach).
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
California State University, Fresno