Letter from the Chair - 2015
Dear SESAPS Members,
The 81st Annual Meeting of the SESAPS was held from November 19th to 22nd, 2014 in Columbia, SC. The meeting was hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of South Carolina. The local organizers were Thomas Crawford and Matthias Schindler. The meeting was also sponsored by the SmartState Center for Nanoscale Experimental Physics.
231 physicists attended (74 full members, 50 graduate students, 7 retired members, 13 non-members, and 87 undergraduates). The total number of abstracts was 168 (34 invited, 70 contributed oral, 64 contributed posters). The young physicists participation was remarkable. the Outstanding Poster award went to Alexander Li (North Carolina School of Science and Math), and the Outstanding Presentation award to Sara Berry (North Carolina State).
Sessions on Atomic, Astrophysics, Hadronic, High Energy, Nanotechnology, Nuclear, and Solid State Physics, and Physics Education were held along with special sessions on Neutron Physics (Nadia Fomin, convener), Precision Measurements (Stefan Baessler, convener), Bio-magnetism (Thomas Crawford, convener), and QCD and Effective Field Theory (Dean Lee, convener). Panel discussions on LGBT and on Physicists with Disabilities/Asperger's and other learning different abilities were organized by Wouter Deconick (William and Mary) and by Evan Askanazi (University of Virginia) and David Caudel (Vanderbilt), respectively. The keynote talk was by Ted Bunn (University of Richmond) who is a member of the PLANCK collaboration, on the most recent results invalidating BICEPS2 claim of detecting primordial gravitational waves from inflation towards validating the inflationary model of the universe.
Every year SESAPS honors the contributions of three SESAPS members to acknowledge exemplary service (Francis Slack Award), teaching (George B. Pegram), and research (Jesse W. Beams). Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the George B. Pegram Award, Milind Kunchur (University of South Carolina), Jesse Beams Award, Brad Cox (Univeristy of Virginia), and Francis G. Slack Award, Edward F. Zganjar (Louisiana State University). More details can be found on the SESAPS website, http://www.aps.org/units/sesaps/.
Please nominate a colleague whom you wish to see acknowledged with one of these awards.
SESAPS 2015 will be held at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. Romulus Godang is the organizer. SESAPS Chair-Elect Mark Spraker (Mark.Spraker@ung.edu) (University of Northern Georgia) will serve as the Program Chair for the meeting. Please check the SESAPS main web page for upcoming news and information.
Finally, I would like to remind every SESAPS member that once you are a member of the APS, joining SESAPS is free. The benefits of your membership to SESAPS are, however, of vital importance: for every member of the APS who joins SESAPS, SESAPS obtains funds from the APS. This funding allows us, for example, to cover travel support for SESAPS students who make presentations at SESAPS annual meetings. I therefore encourage you to find one colleague—student/scientist/postdoc/faculty member—who has not yet joined APS/SESAPS and ask him/her to do so.
Looking forward to seeing you at SESAPS 2015 in Mobile!
University of Virginia