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The Division is governed by an Executive Committee, which consists of the Officers of the Division, the most recent past Chair, the Division Councillor, and six Members-at-Large elected to staggered three year terms. The Executive Committee meets three times each year, once at the regular meeting of the Division, held just before Thanksgiving, and twice more via teleconference, in the Spring and early Fall.
A number of appointed committees carry out the work of the Division in addition to that of the prize and award selection committees:
The Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of candidates for various elected offices of the Division.
The Program Committee is responsible for the program at the annual DFD meeting, in consultation with the local organizing committee. In particular, it has final responsibility for the selection of invited papers and minisymposia. The Committee also organizes DFD participation in the March APS meeting, including invited and focus sessions, sometimes in collaboration with other APS divisions.
The Division elects a certain number of its members to fellowship in the American Physical Society each year. Fellows are elected from the nominations submitted by the membership to the Fellowship Committee.
The External Affairs Committee will promote the affairs of the Division through interactions with other professional societies in the U.S. and abroad, through contributions to public education, and by such other activities as the Committee shall choose to undertake.