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By Leah Poffenberger
For the second time, the APS April Meeting is making its way online from April 17 to April 20, exploring physics across the conference theme of “Quarks 2 Cosmos.” The four-day meeting will feature scientific talks and special events sponsored by 20 APS units and committees. Among the highlights is the Kavli Foundation Keynote Plenary, featuring Andrea Ghez, Reinhard Genzel, and Roger Penrose, the 2020 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics. All times listed for events at the April Meeting are in Central Daylight Time.
Before the conference officially kicks off on Saturday, April 17, several pre-meeting events will be offered on Friday, April 16. A special workshop, which requires additional registration, will have two sessions, one at 11:00 am and the other at 2:00 pm, to discuss searches for beyond-the-Standard-Model interactions with precision measurements. A Q&A session at 12:00 pm will cover the APS Innovation Fund, a program that provides funding to advance collaborative projects that support the APS mission. Physics faculty may also be interested in the 2:00 pm session titled “Managing Threats to Your Department: Building a Thriving Physics Program” that will provide information on the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Guide and Toolkit for Departments Under Threat.
Saturday morning at 8:30 am, April attendees will have a chance to hear from the newest Nobel laureates in Physics at the Kavli Foundation Plenary. Ghez, Genzel, and Penrose will speak on the various aspects of black hole research for which they shared the Nobel Prize. At 10:45 am, the first of the scientific sessions start, with 21 parallel tracks. Meeting attendees also have a chance at 12:00 pm to learn from Physical Review editors about serving as a referee for the Physical Review journals. At 12:40 pm, the APS Division of Particle Physics will host their annual Grad Slam, showcasing grad student research with lightning talks.
Sunday, April 18, will include many more opportunities to hear the latest in research, from the continuing search for dark matter to applications of quantum computing. A special student-only session, "Physics Crossing: Virtual Tours and Career Workshop," at 10:30 am will allow attendees to network with other student members, representatives from companies and laboratories, and APS staff. The session will also include a career workshop on preparing for careers outside of academia. At 12:00 pm, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and chat with the editors of the Physical Review family of journals. Sunday evening, the National Society for Black Physicists and the National Society for Hispanic Physicists are hosting a reception at 5:30 pm. An LGBT+ Roundtable will be held at 6:30 pm.
At 8:30 am, Monday’s sessions will start with a plenary and panel discussion of science on a global scale, featuring Young-Kee Kim (University of Chicago), Fiona Harrison (California Institute of Technology), JoAnne Hewett (SLAC—National Accelerator Laboratory), and Luisa Cifarelli (University of Bologna). From 1:30 to 3:30 pm, student members can attend a Graduate School Fair, to chat virtually with representatives from various institutions. Another student event at 3:30 pm, Meet Your Future: Career Panel and Networking, will give students insights into preparing for non-academic careers.
The final day of the conference will feature another plenary session, starting at 8:30 am, titled "Advancing an Inclusive Community," with speakers Geraldine Cochran (Rutgers University, New Brunswick), Brian Nord (Fermilab, University of Chicago), and Dara Norman (NOIRLab). Parallel scientific sessions will continue through the day, ending at 5:45 pm.
For the complete scientific program and to learn more about special events at the 2021 April Meeting, visit april.aps.org.
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Editor: David Voss
Staff Science Writer: Leah Poffenberger
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