APS March Meeting 2018

Highlighted Events

First-Time Attendee Orientation
Sunday, March 4
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
JW Marriott, Atrium I

Join APS staff and leadership to learn how to easily navigate the March Meeting. You'll get a crash course on how to use the meeting program to locate sessions you want to see, find out how to use the mobile app to access the meeting program and schedule your events, and find out about interesting and fun events happening throughout the week. You'll also learn about the services APS provides at meetings and about APS programs. Refreshments will be served.

Official Tweetup
Sunday, March 4
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Prank Bar
(1100 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015)

Gather with friends, meet new contacts, connect with the people who will be tweeting throughout the March Meeting, and enjoy a short talk by Sean Carroll (@seanmcarroll) on the boundary of physics and philosophy. Refreshments will be served. Share your meeting experience with the official hashtag: #apsmarch

Who Should Attend?
Meeting attendees who plan to tweet throughout the meeting.
Are you going? RSVP & Tweet it!

About Sean Carroll
Sean Carroll is a Research Professor of theoretical physics at the California Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Harvard University. His research focuses on fundamental physics and cosmology, quantum gravity and spacetime, and the evolution of entropy and complexity.

Sean Carroll

Companions Breakfast
Monday, March 5
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
J.W. Marriott, Atrium I

Companions of meeting attendees are invited to a complimentary breakfast to meet other companions and learn about the city of Los Angeles. A representative of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau will showcase various activities, attractions, and points of interest. Only companions will be accommodated, meetings attendees will not be admitted.

APS Prizes & Awards Ceremony
Monday, March 5
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
LACC, 411

Prizes and awards will be bestowed on several individuals for outstanding contributions to physics, please join us in honoring these individuals.

View Prize & Award Sessions at the Meeting

Welcome Reception
Monday, March 5
6:45 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
LACC, West Hall A

Meet with colleagues, network with employers, preview the exhibitors, and enjoy light refreshments.

Special Outreach Session
Enabling Quantum Leap: Federal & Private Funding Opportunities in Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science
Monday, March 5
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
LACC, Petree Hall C

This event is organized in response to community feedback and requests for direct communication and discussion between the funding agencies and CMP community. CMP programs and individual agencies fund a vast array of projects focused on investigating the fundamental physics behind phenomena exhibited by condensed matter systems, leading to understanding and control of materials properties and functions, often under the umbrella of “quantum materials”. Significant overlaps and also clear differences exist between the programs at different funding agencies.

The invited session and discussion will focus on programs run by federal agencies:

  • NSF
  • DOE
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • DOD

The session will serve as one-stop source of information for potential applicants. It will also provide access to program officers involved in running the programs related to Condensed Matter Physics. An overview of programs, description of their scope, similarities and differences will be given. A panel discussion session will follow, with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss specific details of the programs run by different federal agencies.

Program Directors from individual agencies will have freedom in shaping the presentations of their programs, but we will maintain consistency in terms of focusing on program presentation, opportunities, discussion of present and future challenges and on responding to community concerns. Ample discussion time after each presentation will be strictly enforced. The session will include five 30+6 min talks, and a round-table discussion.

Students Lunch with the Experts
Tuesday, March 6
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LACC, West Hall B

Students may sign up to enjoy a complimentary box lunch while participating in an informal and stimulating discussion with an expert on a topic of interest to them.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis and attendance is limited. Sign-up begins at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 near registration.

There will be tables sponsored by the following APS units:

  • Division of Biological Physics
  • Division of Condensed Matter Physics
  • Division of Materials Physics
  • Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics
  • Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public
  • Topical Group on Energy Research and Applications
  • Topical Group on Magnetism
  • Topical Group on Medical Physics
  • Topical Group on Physics of Climate
  • Topical Group on Soft Matter

NSF Polymers Q&A and Decadal Workshop Summary
Tuesday, March 6
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
LACC, 515A

Kavli Foundation Special Symposium: Frontiers of Physics
Wednesday, March 7
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
LACC, West Hall B

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kavli Foundation, this special, annual, standalone session will feature five outstanding and illustrious physicists who have all made important breakthroughs in their areas.



Kavli Foundation






Barry Barish
R. Hahn

Einstein, Gravitational Waves, and a New Science

Barry Barish
California Institute of Technology

Ivan Schuller
Sabina Johansson

Neuromorphic Computing

Ivan Schuller
University of California San Diego

Manu Prakash
MacArthur Foundation

Frugal Physics and Global Health

Manu Prakash
Stanford University

Amir Abo-Shaeer
MacArthur Foundation

When a Weed is a Flower: Reimagining Our Classification System

Amir Abo-Shaeer
Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy

A Staged Reading of the Play: Silent Sky
Wednesday, March 7
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, Platinum FG

Silent Sky is based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt as she experiences a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she is not allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

The playwright Lauren Gunderson is from Atlanta. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch. She was named the most produced playwright in America by American Theatre Magazine in 2017 and was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild.

Performed by:

International City Theatre, Long Beach, California

Some of the play actors as well as a historian-scientist will be available for a talkback discussion after the play reading.

Produced by:

  • Brian Schwartz, CUNY
  • Smitha Vishveshwara, University of Illinois

Sponsored by:

  • APS Forum on the History of Physics
  • APS Forum on Outreach & Engaging the Public
  • APS Forum on Physics & Society
  • APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics
  • APS Division of Astrophysics

Rock-n-Roll Physics Sing-Along
Wednesday, March 7
9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, Platinum D

Join us for an evening of fun physics tunes set to familiar rock, blues, and swing tunes. Light refreshments will be served.

Partial song list:

  • "Felix K. Bloch", to the tune of "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry
  • "Schrodinger's Equation", to the tune of "Bad Moon on the Rise" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • "You Got Me Lasing", to the tune of "You Drive Me Crazy" by Britney Spears
  • "Crystal of Time", to the tune of "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles
  • "Thouless", to the tune of "Lonely Boy" by the Black Keys
  • "I'm a LIGO Believer", to the tune of "I'm a Believer" by the Monkees and by Smash Mouth


Also, enjoy a special performance of three songs by professional singer/comedian Gia Mora, star of the show "Einstein's Girl".

Gia Mora

Young Physicists Pizza Lunch with APS Past President Laura Greene & APS Human Rights Leaders
Thursday, March 8
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
JW Marriott, Gold III

Graduate students and early career physicists are invited to speak with the APS Past President and the APS Committee on International Freedom of Scientists (CIFS) about APS's activities in defense of the rights of scientists around the world. Learn how you can be part of this effort and enjoy a free lunch.

Event is limited to 100 attendees on a first come basis.

Strategic Planning Town Hall Meeting
Thursday, March 8
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
LACC, 305

We want to hear from you!

The APS leadership is undertaking a new Strategic Planning initiative this year. Meet with APS President Roger Falcone and CEO Kate Kirby to learn about the initiative and more importantly, have the opportunity to provide your input and thoughts about the future direction of APS.

If you are unable to attend the town hall meeting or would like to submit a question or comment beforehand, please use the form below.

Submit a Question or Comment

Roger Falcone

Roger Falcone, 2018 APS President

Kate Kirby

Kate Kirby, APS CEO