Winter 2018 Newsletter

The Joint OSAPS/MI-AAPT Spring 2018 Meeting Will be Hosted by Michigan State University, Department of Physics & Astronomy on March 23-24

The theme for this meeting will be “Promoting a diverse and inclusive future for physics and astronomy”

Come join your colleagues for two days of collaboration, learning, and communication at the 2018 Spring Meetings of OSAPS and MI-AAPT on the Michigan State University campus in beautiful East Lansing, MI! Symposia on Friday evening and Saturday will emphasize research, programs, and practices that promote diversity and inclusivity in physics and astronomy across K-12 and university education. An optional Friday evening banquet will also take place.

Invited Speakers:

Emily Dare (Asst. Prof. of STEM Education, Michigan Technological University)
Monica Plisch (Director of Education and Diversity, American Physical Society)
Adrienne Traxler (Asst. Prof. of Physics, Wright State University)
Susan White (Asst. Director, American Institute of Physics)

For more and developing details, go to the local meeting website:

Make hotel reservations as soon as possible.

Students who present oral presentations at the OSAPS meeting are eligible for travel support from the OSAPS. The amount of the travel grant is up to $100 per student. See meeting website for details.

Report: Fall 2017 OSAPS Meeting at Miami University, Oxford, OH

Physics department, Miami University

Physics department, Miami University

The meeting was held in the physics department at Miami University on October 13-14, 2017 in conjunction with the Southern Ohio Section of the AAPT. The theme of the meeting was “Quantum Information”, which was highlighted by four invited speakers. One additional invited speaker was invited by the SOS/AAPT. A total of 167 attendees registered for the meeting and 90 presentations were given.

OSAPS Fall 2017 Meeting graphs

After brief welcoming remarks by the President of Miami University, Dr. Gregory Crawford, the 1st plenary session kicked off on Friday October 13 with an invited talk “Optimized measurements of states of light at low powers for communications”, by Professor F. Elohim Becerra from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. This was followed by a 2nd plenary talk entitled “The final steps toward neutral atom quantum computers – all you need is light”, by Professor Katharina Gillen-Christandl from Cal Poly State University, Obispo. Participants were then given an open-house tour of all the research labs and facilities in the physics department at Miami University. The lab tours were followed by poster presentations, arranged in three parallel sessions, focusing on Optical Sensing, Condensed Matter, and Applied Physics. The 1st day of the meeting concluded with a banquet and after-dinner plenary talk, intriguingly entitled “What if…?”, given by Professor Shohini Ghose from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

Poster Session 1

Poster session on Friday, October 13

Poster Session 2

The 2nd day of the meeting, on Saturday Oct 14, started with the contributed talks, arranged in four parallel oral sessions, focusing on Quantum optics and quantum information, Photonics and nanoscience, Optics and astrophysics, and Physics education. This was followed by the 4th plenary talk for the meeting – this talk was sponsored by the SOS/AAPT – “Explicit content and spoilers: What we know about solving problems”, by Professor Tom Fisher from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. The final plenary talk was delivered by Professor Benjamin Schumacher from Kenyon University, entitled “Quantum flows of Probability and Heat”. The conference received financial support from OSAPS, Miami’s College of Arts and Science, and the Physics Department.

The local organizing committee consisted of Professors Jennifer Blue (SOS/AAPT), Perry Rice, and Samir Bali (Chair). Major administrative support was provided by Ms. Teresa Kolb in the front office of the Miami University physics department.

Invited speakers with the local OSAPS organizing committee

Invited speakers with the local OSAPS organizing committee: (L to R) Profs. Perry Rice, Elohim Becerra, Shohini Ghose, Kat Gillen-Christandl, Ben Schumacher, and Samir Bali

Need for Nominations for OSAPS Executive Committee

OSAPS will conduct elections during the first part of 2018 for several upcoming vacancies on the Executive Committee:

  • Vice Chair
  • Member-at-Large
  • Student Member-at-Large

Please consider running for one of these important positions, or nominating candidates whom you believe would do a great job. We depend on our members to help with this! Nominations should be sent to a member of the OSAPS Nominations Committee: A. Roy Day (, Petru Fodor (, Mathew Mircovich (, or Snjezana Balaz (

Honors and Awards Committee News

After consecutive 26 years of service, Bob Hengehold (AFIT, retired) is stepping down as Chair of the OSAPS Honors and Awards Committee. We want to thank and congratulate Bob on his tremendous work at identifying many excellent and deserving awardees. The two prestigious awards of the section are:

Howard Maxell Award: for Distinguished Service to the Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society is presented to those members of the Section who have rendered outstanding service to the Section.

William Fowler Award: for Distinguished Research in Physics is to honor those members of the Society with appreciable connections to the State of Ohio at some time in their life, who have done outstanding research in physics.

Bob will be replaced as Chair by Mike Crescimanno (Youngstown State U).

The Maxwell Award will be presented to Fred Trexler (Spring Arbor University, retired) at the upcoming Michigan State Meeting in April. Fred is being honored for his service on the Executive Committee as Membership Chair as well as his efforts in working with the APS to set up on-line elections for the Section and his continued management of these elections since their inception.

I hope that you will join the work of the committee this year by nominating your colleagues who exemplify the spirit of these awards! Just e-mail the name of the person you are nominating to anyone on the OSAPS awards committee (Scott Lee ( and Mike Crescimanno, Chair ( and we'll do the rest. Alternatively, you can send any questions you have about the awards to the committee and we'll answer you as soon as we can. Thank you in advance for your nominations!

Upcoming Meetings

March 23-24, 2018: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
September 28-29, 2018: University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
March 29-30, 2019: College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

If you would like to explore the possibility of hosting a future meeting, please contact Vice Chair A. Roy Day (

Help Spread the Word about OSAPS

Not all APS members living in the Ohio Region (Ohio, Michigan and Indiana) are OSAPS members. Talk to your colleagues and let them know that membership in OSAPS is free and allows the section to continue in its efforts of providing quality meetings and active communications with its members through mailings, newsletters and email. OSAPS offers physicists the opportunity to attend multi-disciplinary meetings to discuss important research with your colleagues within the region, and it provides an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their research results. As most members reside or work in this area, participation in sectional meetings has the additional benefit of economy; this is particularly important for students. To join OSAPS, go to or contact a Membership Representative at 301-209-3280.

OSAPS Executive Committee

Chair: Snjezana Balaz (05/17 - 04/18)
Youngstown State Univ

Chair-Elect: Petru Fodor (05/17 - 04/18)
Cleveland State Univ

Vice Chair: Anthony Day (05/17 - 04/18)
John Carroll Univ

Past Chair: Jeffrey Dyck (05/17 - 04/18)
John Carroll Univ

Secretary: Ulrich Zurcher (05/16 - 04/19)
Cleveland State Univ

Treasurer: Donald Priour (05/17 - 04/20)
Youngstown State Univ

Member-at-Large: Julie Roche (05/15 - 04/18)
Ohio Univ

Member-at-Large: Jay Mathews (05/16 - 04/19)
Univ of Dayton

Student Member: Matthew Mircovich (05/17 - 04/18)
Univ of Dayton

Non-voting Officials and Special Appointees:

Honors & Awards Chair: Robert L. Hengehold
Air Force Institute of Technology

Ombudsman: Ronald Winters
Denison University

Webmaster: Perry P. Yaney
University of Dayton

This OSAPS newsletter was edited by Jeff Dyck, OSAPS past-chair.

The articles in this newsletter represent the views of their author(s) and are not necessarily those of the Unit or APS.