61st Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics
October 21-25, 2019 • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Special Events

High Energy Density Science Association (HEDSA) Annual Symposium
Sunday, October 20
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand B

The annual symposium on HEDP will be held on Sunday night, October 20, 2019 at the Convention Center. Six half-hour invited talks will be given focusing on the most exciting elements of the field. All attendees of the conference, especially young graduate students and post docs are encouraged to attend for this exciting opportunity to learn about the trending directions of HED plasma physics research.

Caregiver/Children’s Room
Monday, October 21 to Thursday, October 24, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 25, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 213

A caregiver/children’s room will be available for parents and caregivers to use at no cost to attendees. The room is intended for parents or caregivers who have brought infants or young children to the annual meeting. The room will be furnished with comfortable furniture and with a limited number of toys, natural organic snacks, and beverages for the children. A lactation room will be provided in room 204.

Companions’ Breakfast
Monday, October 21
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Hotel, Room Atlantic I

Join companions and reacquaint with friends who are attending the annual meeting for a complimentary breakfast at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Hotel. A representative from Ft. Lauderdale will attend the breakfast and share tour and site information while visiting the city.

Women in Plasma Physics Luncheon
Monday, October 21
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 316

The members of the Committee on Women in Plasma Physics invite you to join them for lunch with guest speaker Professor Lilia Cortina, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan and an author of the National Academies Study on Sexual and Gender Harassment. To attend the luncheon, mark the appropriate space on the DPP registration form. The lunch tickets are $25 for regular attendees and $10 for graduate and undergraduate students (partially subsidized by DPP), with limited seating available.

Discussion Session on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Research Opportunities for FRC
Monday, October 21
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Broward Convention Center, Room 302

We are suggesting to form a grass-root organization to seek enthusiasts to promote research that may be enabled by initiating (or strengthening) the collaboration between the public and private partners (PPP) in the area of Field Reverse Configuration (FRC) or related subjects. All attendees are welcome.

Women in Plasma Physics Reception and Roundtable
Monday, October 21
5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 316

The members of the Committee on Women in Plasma Physics invite you to join them for an inclusive reception and roundtable discussion on maintaining collegiality in a diverse work environment (“Don't Be a Jerk”). The discussion will be led by Professor Lilia Cortina, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan and an author of the National Academies Study on Sexual and Gender Harassment, and will include David Newman (University of Alaska, DPP Chair), Ellen Zweibel (University of Wisconsin, DPP Chair Elect), Michael Campbell (Director of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester) and Kimberly Budil (Director of Weapons and Complex Integration at LLNL). We invited anonymous submissions of questions and issues for discussion during the WIPP luncheon earlier today.

University Fusion Association (UFA) Annual Meeting
Monday, October 21
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Floridian Ballroom CD

The University Fusion Association (UFA) is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of plasma science and technology for the long-term development of a new, environmentally attractive energy source using controlled thermonuclear fusion energy. Members of the UFA are professional and student researchers in educational institutions throughout the United States. Officers of the UFA advocate in an official capacity for fusion science funding at universities, as representatives of the UFA membership, in concert with leadership from national laboratories and private industry.

The UFA Annual Meeting discusses issues of relevance to fusion energy and plasma science research in U.S. Universities. The meeting is open to all members of the community and all conference attendees.

The current President of UFA is Professor John Sarff, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Vice President is Research Professor François Waelbroeck, University of Texas at Austin.

Edge Coordinating Committee Technical Meeting
Tuesday, October 22
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand D

Talk Title: Edge Pedestal Structure
Speaker: Saskia Mordijek, College of William and Mary

Concerns of Junior Scientists Town Meeting
Tuesday, October 22
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand A

The Committee on the Concerns of Junior Scientists is dedicated to helping early career scientists find their place in the field of plasma physics.

TRANSP Users Group Meeting
Tuesday, October 22
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand B

The developers of TRANSP, a transport and equilibrium solver for analysis and prediction of tokamak discharges, are onsite and are meeting with existing and prospective users. All users are welcome to join us and hear what we are cooking for them. Please bring your lunch, be ready to share your experience and exchange ideas for expanding the code capabilities.

SPARC and the Fast Track to Fusion Energy
Tuesday, October 22
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand B

MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems are over a year into the SPARC project which launched in June 2018. This town-hall style meeting will provide an update/overview on SPARC status and schedule, propose a roadmap for building the high-field approach, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and discuss the role of public-private partnership in the fusion roadmap, among other related topics. A Q&A will follow the short series of lightning talks.

Meet the Physical Review Journal Editors
Tuesday, October 22
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Floridian Ballroom Prefunction

Editors from various journals will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas, and discuss any comments about the journals. All attendees are welcome.

GPAP Business Meeting
Tuesday, October 22
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand F

GPAP (Topical Group in Plasma Astrophysics) will hold their annual business meeting during the DPP meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. The GPAP business meeting is open to all DPP attendees.

Edge Coordinating Committee Business Meeting
Tuesday, October 22
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 302

The Edge Coordinating Committee will hold their annual business meeting during the DPP meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. All DPP attendees are invited to attend.

Student Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, October 22
6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 315

During this reception the student poster awards will be presented to outstanding student poster presenters who shared their research at the Tuesday afternoon Undergraduate or High School Research Session. Student advisors and DPP attendees are welcome.

NNSA Town Hall
Tuesday, October 22
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand A

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) invites you to join them for a Town Hall meeting to present current efforts and future plans, and to address questions from attendees. The meeting will be hosted by Dr. Njema J. Frazier, Senior Executive Service, Director, NNSA Office of Experimental Sciences, and Dr. Sarah Nelson Wilk, Deputy Director, NNSA Office of Experimental Sciences, and will include NNSA/Inertial Confinement Fusion program managers. All DPP attendees are welcome.

LGBTQ Networking Dinner
Tuesday, October 22
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Join fellow LGBTQ plasma physicists for an informal networking dinner on Tuesday evening in Ft. Lauderdale. We'll meet in front of the DPP Meeting Registration Desk, Broward Convention Center, at 7:00 p.m. and walk to a local restaurant. Please bring a method of payment for your dinner.

Forum on the Discovery Plasma Science Category of the APS-DPP Community Planning Process
Tuesday, October 22
7:45 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand B

DOE is currently undertaking a long-range strategic planning activity encompassing the entire Fusion Energy Sciences portfolio. The Community Planning Process (CPP) is an opportunity for the plasma science community to provide input. It will advise FESAC, who is charged with developing specific recommendations. The CPP is organized in four categories: Magnetic Fusion Energy, Fusion Materials & Technology, High Energy Density Plasmas and Discovery Plasma Science. This forum will provide an update on the status of the Discovery Plasma Science category, as well as an opportunity to provide input and to discuss the future of our research field. CPP website (link: https://sites.google.com/pppl.gov/dpp-cpp/home)

Plasma Science Christian Fellowship
Wednesday, October 23
6:45 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 317

The Plasma Science Christian Fellowship is an informal affiliation of students and scientists working in plasma and fusion energy research. Formed in 2006, the Christian Fellowship seeks to provide a forum to discuss how faith connects to the workplace experience and life as scientists. Contact Darren Craig if you have questions or need additional information. Bring your coffee and join us!

Soccer Game
East vs. West
Wednesday, October 23
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

The traditional DPP soccer game will happen Wednesday afternoon. Announcements will be posted in the convention center specifying game time and game place. We will meet at the main entrance of the convention center after the morning sessions and head to the field. Please bring a dark and a white shirt. For those not in the existing mail list, a signup sheet will be on a Message Board in the APS DPP registration prefunction area. We will be playing on a grass field unless weather is horrible. Contact J. Boedo at jboedo@ucsd.edu to sign up. Everyone is welcome!

High Energy Density Science Association (HEDSA) Town Hall
Wednesday, October 23
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand B

The town hall meeting will be held at the Convention Center. The purpose of this meeting is to announce the new steering committee members and HEDSA leadership. A report will be given regarding 2019 HEDSA activities. Program managers from Federal funding agencies such as OFES, NNSA, AFOSR and NSF will provide updates on the state of sponsored research in HED plasmas, and to engage the community in an open dialogue. The HEDSA town hall is a "bring your own lunch" meeting. Current members of HEDSA and all graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend. To join HEDSA please visit HEDSA.org.

National Science Foundation Town Hall on Plasma Physics
Wednesday, October 23
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand A

The NSF Town Hall on Plasma Physics will provide an opportunity for Q&A about numerous NSF programs and solicitations relevant to a broad cross-section of the academic plasma science community, from graduating college seniors to senior leaders in the field, covering topical areas from plasma astrophysics to basic physics to plasma engineering. The Town Hall will be hosted by Dr. Vyacheslav (Slava) Lukin (Div. of Physics) and Dr. Lisa Winter (Div. of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences) and will include brief reports on the outcomes of the recent NSF-supported Workshop on Opportunities, Challenges, and Best Practices for Basic Plasma Science User Facilities and the NSF Div. of Physics Committee of Visitors review. Future outlook for plasma physics and broader plasma science support at NSF, with an emphasis on how you can help NSF to help the community, will be speculated upon within the uncertainty of the federal budgeting process.

DPP Business Meeting
Wednesday, October 23
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Grand D

The business meeting will include reports from the Executive Committee and action items received by the DPP Secretary-Treasurer on issues important to DPP membership. David Newman, DPP Chair, invited all meeting attendees to attend.

DPP Banquet
Wednesday, October 23
Reception: Ballroom, Hilton Marina Hotel, 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: Ballroom, Hilton Marina Hotel, 7:30 p.m.
Reception: Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom/Terrace
Banquet: Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina Hotel, Grand Ballroom

A cash-bar reception preceding the evening banquet will be held in the Hilton Marina Hotel. A subsidized banquet ticket may be purchased during online meeting registration, or at the DPP registration desk up to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 22. Tickets will be sold on a space available basis and are non-refundable. Entertainment will compliment the evening.

New Collaborative Low Temperature Plasma Research Facilities Open for All Users
Thursday, October 24
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Broward Convention Center, Room 301