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SPS News Issue 172: March 17, 2020


SPS Resources for the Physics Community

With universities and colleges extending spring breaks, moving to online classes, and closing campuses completely, we understand that you may have limited social interactions and meeting times.  SPS National has begun gathering resources to help you find ways to maintain your connection to the physics community through the upcoming weeks!

Follow us on social media to keep up to date:

Twitter: @SPSNational

Instagram: @spsnational

Facebook: The Society of Physics Students @SPSNationa


Virtual Talks with SPS

We will be hosting live video talks through Zoom throughout the coming weeks. If you are unable to make any of the talks, we will also be posting them on our YouTube channel (

This week's talk: Susan White, Interim Director of the Statistical Research Center at AIP.  Talk titled: "You Can't Handle the Truth." Posted on our Youtube here.

Next week’s talk: Greg Good, Director of the Center for History of Physics. Titled “Space Weather in the Time of Pandemic”.  More information to come.


March Madness - SPS Style

We will be holding bracket-style competitions for physics topics that you can vote on! The theme for this week is “Bad Physics Movies”- movies where the science behind them made you question Hollywood’s understanding.

Upcoming themes may include physics memes, Nobel discoveries, and physics courses. Be sure to vote for your favorite!

Pay attention to our social media to receive the most up-to-date information.


Zone Meeting Updates

The SPS Executive Committee has been watching the progression of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and is recommending moving all zone meetings to virtual meetings or cancelling them all together.  This decision was made keeping the health and safety of our SPS members in mind.

Zone meetings have been cancelled for the semester for zones 2, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, and 13. Zones 8 and 17 are all acquiring resources to host the meeting virtually.  Zone 3 has a tentative date rescheduled for April 3, 2021. Zone 6 has a tentative date rescheduled to November 20-22, 2020. Other zones are still meeting to decide. If you have questions, please contact your Zone Councilor or Associate Zone Councilor (contact information here).


Celebrate Women's History Month with SPS

March is Women’s History Month and this week we’d like to highlight some of the amazing women who participate in the SPS Alumni Engagement Program. If you would like to connect with any of these women or other alumni from our program, you can always request them for mentoring, talks (virtual and in person), tours, or even job shadowing!

Dr. Anna Quider is the Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations at Northern Illinois University. She “…leads the advocacy and engagement strategies for Northern Illinois University with the US federal government, including the US Congress, White House, and federal agencies.” Read more about her physics journey or request engagement with Dr. Quider here.

Dr. Jasmine Graham (pictured left) is a faculty medical physicist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. As a medical physicist, she “…ensures accurate and safe therapeutic radiation treatment for patients” and her clinical focus “is on stereotactic radiosurgery - the application of high radiation doses in one or few fractions to small lesions.”  Read more about Dr. Graham’s physics journey here.

Kendra Redmond is a freelance science writer and editor and is self-employed. She “… writes about physics and astronomy research news for the blog Physics Buzz and about materials research news for the Materials Research Society.” She “…is also the editor of the SPS Observer and Radiations magazine, which involves planning issues, working with authors, writing stories, and editing text for the magazines.” Read more about Kendra’s physics journey here.

While schools are moving towards virtual classes and sending students home due to the progression of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), it is important for students to take care of their mental health during these tough times. Taking care of your physical and mental health are significant in dealing with stress in school and other things that life may throw at you. Purdue University published an article called “The College Student’s Guide to Stress Management” which discusses simple steps for students to take to  better care for their mental health. Steps such as eating well, exercising, meditating, writing in a journal, and building a support system are all excellent ways to take care of your mind and body.


Upcoming Scientific Meetings - Students Welcome

APS April Meeting 2020, April 18-21: IN PERSON MEETING CANCELLED

In-person meeting is cancelled. APS is working to set up an online virtual meeting. Meeting updates can be found here.

OSA CLEO, May 10-15

Meeting is still happening, but the situation is being monitored. Early registration closes April 9. Find conference and registration info  here.    

ASA 179 Meeting, May 11-15

Meeting is still happening, but the situation is being monitored. Preregistration closes April 8. Find meeting information  here.   

AAS 236 Meeting, May 31 – June 4

Meeting is still happe ning, but the situation is being monitored. Registration open through April 7. Conference info is located  here.   

SPS offers Travel Awards of $300 to members presenting their research at AIP member society meetings. A limited number of awards will be offered. Apply Today !

SPS members attending and reporting on professional physics meetings are eligible to receive $300 as an individual and $250 per person as a chapter in travel reimbursement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply Now !


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