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Nominations for APS Fellow. Due Monday, June 1, 2015.
Description and instructions at the DPOLY Fellowship page
Proposals for Focus Topics. Due Monday, June 15, 2015.
Please send proposals for focus topics at the 2016 March meeting. Email: email@example.com. See info below.
Nomination for the Polymer Physics Prize. Due Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Description and instructions at the Polymer Physics Prize page
Nomination for Dillon Medal. Due Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Description and instructions at the John H. Dillon Medal page
Application for the Ovshinsky Sustainable Energy Fellowship (GERA). Due Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Description and instructions at Ovshinsky page.
March Meeting Abstracts. Due Friday, November 6, 2015
The next APS March Meeting is March 14-18, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. Organization of this meeting already has begun. Focus sessions and invited sessions are crucial to support our vibrant and evolving field. All DPOLY members are encouraged to propose topics for these sessions. Please contact the 2016 Program Chair, Dvora Perahia (firstname.lastname@example.org) with suggestions and/or questions.
Any additional comments and ideas to enhance the 2016 program are welcome.
The 2016 Short Course is being planned and organized by Pinar Akcora (http://web.stevens.edu/akcora-group/home.html), Rohan Hule (email@example.com), and Russ Composto (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The birth of soft matter physics, the physics of the everyday, May 12, 2015 article, The Guardian
The Division of Polymer Physics lost the founder of modern polymer theory when Samuel Edwards died on May 7, 2015. Sam introduced field theory and powerful techniques such as the replica formalism to enable collective behavior of polymers addressable theoretically. The Edwards Hamiltonian, the Edwards screening length, quenched disorder, Doi-Edwards dynamics, etc., constitute some of the basic vocabulary of polymer physics. He showered the polymer physics community with generosity, kindness, and wisdom. Sam shared the Polymer Physics Prize (previously known as the Ford Prize) with Pierre-Gilles de Gennes in 1982. By M. Muthukumar.
155 people joined DPOLY at our membership table at the March meeting. Thanks to all who joined and thanks to those who volunteered to staff the table. Other efforts to build membership are ongoing.
To join DPOLY or renew your membership, please go to the DPOLY website. On the right side, under “quick links” you will see “Join this unit”. If you click there and then log in to the database, you will be able to click on your membership tab and “Add Unit”. The division pays for the first year of membership for first time members. Please encourage others to join. Thanks.
Other units can be added in the same way. For example, DPB, the Division of Physics of Beams, invites all whose research depends on particle accelerators. Divisions and groups with which we ally in organization of the March meeting include: GSOFT, GSNP, DBIO, DMP, FIAP, GERA, DCMP, DFD, and DCOMP.
The DPOLY webpage will begin posting keyword filtered positions from the APS Job Center. Job seekers can view opportunities filtered for select keywords directly on the DPOLY page or on the main APS careers page. Job seekers can also sign up to post their resumes. Employers can post announcements: listings are free for seasonal internships, and the charge of other announcements begins at $525.
Special thanks to the Program Committee chaired by Thomas Epps.
The Polymer Prize, the Dillon Medal and the UKPPG lecture exchange winners were celebrated in the previous newsletter.
Some invited presentation slides are available online.
The minutes to the business meeting held at the San Antonio March meeting are at: http://www.aps.org/units/dpoly/governance/minutes/upload/march15.pdf.
Gordon Research Conference (and associated GRS) on Polymers, June 14-19, 2015
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA
Gordon Research Conference on Neutron Scattering, June 21-26, 2015
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gordon Research Conference (and associated GRS) on Science of Adhesion, July 26-31, 2015
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA
Gordon Research Conference (and associated GRS) on Soft Condensed Matter Physics, August 9-14, 2015
Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
87th Annual Society of Rheology Meeting, October 11-25, 2015
Polymers and Self-Assembly: From Biology to Nanomaterials, October 25-30, 2015
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
This DPOLY newsletter was prepared by: Steve Hudson, Secretary-Treasurer; Chinedum Osuji, Member-at-Large and Publicity Committee Chair; Stephen Cheng, Executive Committee Chair.