Press Tips for the 2021 APS April Meeting

April Meeting 2021 meeting graphicFive press conferences will highlight interesting presentations at the 2021 APS April Meeting "Quarks to Cosmos"—covering the latest research in astrophysics, particle physics, nuclear physics, gravitation, and more. The theme this year is “Advancing Science in a Global and Inclusive Community.”

Details of each press conference and a list of other featured talks can be found at the links below.

Complimentary registration is available to journalists and public information officers for the express purpose of gathering and reporting news and information from the meeting. All prospective attendees must register to access the virtual meeting platform.

Staff reporters, freelance writers, and students are welcome. Those who have not previously attended APS meetings as press or do not directly receive the APS journals tip sheet may submit a request for APS press credentials by completing the form on this page.

All times are in Central Daylight Time (CDT). The meeting is held from Saturday, April 17 through Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Press Conferences

Saturday, April 17

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10:00 a.m. CDT Measuring Neutron Star Squeezability
NICER collaboration, NASA astronaut reveal size of most massive neutron star, highlight Space Station science
Register for the press conference.

  • Zaven Arzoumanian (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)
  • Cole Miller (University of Maryland)
  • Anna Watts (University of Amsterdam)
  • Sanjay Reddy (University of Washington)
  • Christina Koch (NASA)

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12:00 p.m. CDT On the Pulse of Pulsars and Polar Light
Reimagined telescopes may fill the void left by Arecibo’s collapse
Register for the press conference.

  • Cyndia Yu (Stanford)
    CMB E-mode Science With the BICEP/Keck Program (S09.8)
  • Megan DeCesar (George Mason)
    The Search for Gravitational Waves With the NANOGrav Pulsar Timing Array (B01.1)

Sunday, April 18

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10:00 a.m. CDT The Future of Particle Accelerators Is Here
Behind the scenes of the Electron-Ion Collider, green accelerators that waste no energy, and chiral magnetic effect results debuting this summer
Register for the press conference.

  • Elke-Caroline Aschenauer (BNL)
    The Electron-Ion Collider: A Collider to Unravel the Mysteries of Visible Matter—Its Experimental Equipment (X04.3)
  • Jinfeng Liao (Indiana University Bloomington)
    Signatures of Chiral Magnetic Effect in the Collisions of Isobars (SP01.5)
  • Georg Hoffstaetter (Cornell)
    The Cornell-BNL ERL Test Accelerator: Demonstration of the World's First Multipass Superconducting Linear Accelerator With Energy Recovery (E15.3)
  • Dejan Trbojevic (BNL)
    Green Energy Future EIC Collider (Z07.1)

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12:00 p.m. CDT Scientists May Detect Signs of Extraterrestrial Life in the Next 5 to 10 Years
Telescope launching this autumn could spot biosignatures on other planets within three days
Register for the press conference.

  • Caprice Phillips (Ohio State)
    Detecting Biosignatures in the Atmospheres of Gas Dwarfs With JWST (K05.2)

Monday, April 19

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11:00 a.m. CDT The Fate of the Planet
Unconventional takes on pandemics and nuclear defense could protect humanity from catastrophic failure
Register for the press conference.

  • Martin Rees (Cambridge)
    The World in 2050—and Beyond (X06.1)
  • Frederick Lamb (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
    Nuclear Weapons and Missile Defense (Y05.2)

Additional Interesting Talks

Saturday, April 17

Sunday, April 18

Monday, April 19

Tuesday, April 20