APS News

April 2020 (Volume 29, Number 4)

COVID-19: APS Actions and Resources

APS understands that our members and the physics community are under considerable stress at this time. Please be assured that we will continue to do all that we can to support you and the physics enterprise. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know via the form at the Contact Us page.

APS has created a central website with updated information about Society activities during this time. Please check the COVID-19 website regularly.

Physical Review Journals

The APS and the Physical Review editorial office are fully equipped and actively working to support researchers by continuing to carry out all editorial and peer-review functions and publish research in the journals as well as minimizing disruption to journal access.

Remote Journal Access. Many researchers now find themselves working away from their institutions and may have trouble accessing the Physical Review journals. To address this, we are facilitating access via several different mechanisms: Google Scholar CASA, Go Mobile, and Shibboleth. For full details visit the journals remote access website.

For any questions, please contact our journals Help Desk at help@aps.org.

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APS Meetings

The in-person APS March and April Meetings have been canceled. APS is supporting virtual access to March Meeting presentations and is working actively to provide a virtual April Meeting.

Virtual content from the March Meeting. There have been a number of spontaneous initiatives by individuals and small groups of researchers aimed at enabling the sharing of research that would have been presented at the March Meeting. A number of March Meeting units and attendees have organized virtual March Meeting sessions. Check march.aps.org/about/sharing-your-research/ regularly for updates.

Virtual April Meeting Confirmed. APS is excited to announce that the April Meeting will be the inaugural APS Virtual Meeting, taking place over the same dates (18-21 April 2020). APS staff have selected a third-party virtual meeting platform that supports live sessions, recording of and technical support for live sessions, and pre-recorded talks. The platform also will allow small groups of participants to interact directly with each other and exhibitors. For the latest visit april.aps.org.

Registration refunds. APS has processed the majority of the March Meeting registration refunds. Upon processing the refund, it will take up to three days for the credit to appear on the credit card from which the payment was initiated.

In addition, each registrant should receive an email from meetings-refunds@aps.org that includes a copy of the refund invoice. It is each registrant’s responsibility to provide a copy of the refund invoice to the party who paid for their registration, as applicable.

If you have not received an email from meetings-refunds@aps.org or do not see the credit on your statement, please check your APS account at my.aps.org under My Orders or feel free to contact meetings-refunds@aps.org and include the following information so we can investigate:

Registrant Name
Registrant ID number
Credit Amount Expected
Last four digits of credit card number (if known)

APS has started processing meeting registration refunds for the April meeting and will follow a similar process.

Note: Some funding agencies permit investigators to use grant funds to pay for nonrefundable travel costs resulting from cancellations. Among these are the DOE Office of Science and NSF. Visit energy.gov/science and nsf.gov for more information and check with your program manager or agency contact to verify eligibility.

APS News and Physics Today

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APS extends thanks to all members who continue to demonstrate support of the Society by renewing their membership. Processing of new memberships and renewals is functioning as usual. If you have any questions about your membership status, unit membership, or other details, you can contact APS Member Services at aps.org/membership.

APS encourages the redistribution of the materials included in this newspaper provided that attribution to the source is noted and the materials are not truncated or changed.

Editor: David Voss
Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
Contributing Correspondent: Alaina G. Levine
Publication Designer and Production: Nancy Bennett-Karasik

April 2020 (Volume 29, Number 4)

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Articles in this Issue
A Message from the APS CEO and the APS President
COVID-19: APS Actions and Resources
Resources for Online Physics Instruction
APS Student Ambassadors Engage with Units
The Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
APS Members Named "5 Sigma Physicists" for Outstanding Advocacy
Using Autonomous Vehicles for Agriculture, Environment, and Infrastructure Monitoring
How To Protect A Quantum Computer From Itself
This Month in Physics History
Office of Government Affairs
FYI: Science Policy News from AIP
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