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Friday, September 5: DCMP Invited Symposia
Monday, September 8: Vote: DCMP Executive Committee
Monday, December 8: Check passport/visa status
Monday, January 12: Program goes on-line
Friday, January 16: Early Registration Deadline
Friday, January 16: APS Fellow Nominations
Friday, January 23: Postdeadline abstracts
Friday, February 20: Late Registration
March 22-26, 2004: Montreal Meeting
The DCMP invited talks are selected from only member-submitted proposals. The whole Executive Committee selects symposia. It can't substitute speakers of its own choosing.
Biggest challenges are creating a compelling idea and overcoming limitations of the APS webform.
Ingredients of a Successful Proposal
Conquering Nomination WEB Form [www.aps.org/dcmp/dcmp_inv.html]
Vote online http://dcmp.bc.edu for a new Vice-Chair, Councillor, and two Members-at-Large.
The Executive Committee through its "chairs" stewards APS March meeting involving dozen APS units. Duties include revising sorting categories, guiding selection of invited symposia, organizing the sort of contributed abstracts into coherent sessions. The DCMP seeks to avoid conflict between topics of invited and contributed sessions and to schedule related sessions in the same rooms over meeting.
The Executive Committee as a whole selects the DCMP invited talks using only member-submitted nominations.
The members-at-large serve as DCMP Fellowship Committee, sending their recommendations to APS Fellowship Committee and then APS Council.
The Executive Committee works to improve understanding of condensed matter physics by Congress, funding agencies, K-16, and public. March meeting features letter writing campaign to Congress. See educational material at http://dcmp.bc.edu. Send suggestions or coments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For every vacancy there are two nominees who have agreed to serve. DCMP members are encouraged to nominate candidates. On-line procedure eases securing fifty co-nominators to ensure presence on ballot.
Vote at http://dcmp.bc.edu/vote.php.
Contributed abstracts must be submitted online. Some suggestions may help.
Online submission aspects
Submitting an abstract implies attending the Montreal Meeting. Besides the obvious items - conference registration and travel & hotel arrangements - Montreal raises the question of travel to a foreign country.
With world-wide changes, any person going needs to make sure of free entry and exit. The DCMP and APS March Meeting webpages (see two under 'Newsletter' in headline) will have information for all participants.
Citizens from a few countries will need a visa from Canada.
Being selected an APS Fellow is restricted to 1/2 percent of the membership in any year. For those nominated thru DCMP that means ~25 per year. Actual approval is by the APS Council upon the recommendation of APS Fellowship Committee.
Competitive nominations require some care. Full details can be found by clicking Fellowship link on main APS webpage on downloading forms.
Here are some tips.
In 1952 AT&T Bell Laboratories endowed an APS prize in memory of its 1940-51 president, Oliver E. Buckley. This prize recognizes and encourages outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter with a $5,000 prize and certificate. See http://www.aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/buckley.cfm for overview, nomination details, and recipients.
The American Physical Society Council has set a goal for all major prizes to award $10,000. In keeping with the prestige of this prize that recognizes dramatic contributions to the field of condensed matter physics, the APS is launching a campaign to increase the endowment to provide a $10,000 prize. The DCMP Executive Committee supports this goal and asks its members to consider contributing; see https://apps.aps.org/dcgi/donation. [Note: requires APS userid and password for obscure reason. Original donor was not APS member!]
The articles and opinion pieces found in this issue of the APS Division of Condensed Matter Physics Newsletter are not peer refereed and represent solely the views of the authors and not necessarily the views of the APS.