20th Annual Meeting of the Northwest Section of the American Physical Society

May 16 - 18, 2019 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, USA


Conference schedule

A detailed schedule of talks and sessions will be posted here closer to the conference date.  The  following table, showing the conference program at a glance, will also be continually updated as details become available. 

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Register for the conference

The conference registration fees and deadlines are listed in the table below.  Attendees may register online via the APS conference registration page by using a credit card. If you wish to use a debit card or check for payment please print out and complete the following  form, PDF icon NWS2019 reg fm .pdf, and mail or fax to the address provided on the form. After May 3, registration will be closed until on-site registration begins at check-in time at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at the Information table in Academic Center West on the Western Washington University campus.  Attendees who wish to register on-site may do so through the APS website and pay by credit card. Registration may also be done on-site via a paper form and check. Cash payments will not be accepted.

Participant type

Online registration

(through May 3, 2019)

On-site registration (starting May 16, 2019)

Regular participant



Graduate student



Undergraduate student






Additional cost option





not available




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 Banquet information (reservation deadline: May 3, 2019)

The local organizing committee encourages participants to attend the conference banquet.  The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 17, in the SMATE building on the Western Washington University campus.  A buffet dinner will be served. The advance reservation price for the banquet is $40 per person for conference attendees and their guests. If you wish to attend the banquet please specify this on your online or hardcopy conference registration form and complete registration by May 3. Banquet reservations will not be available after May 3.

The after-dinner speaker will be Dr. Melissa Rice. Her talk is entitled  "A Rover's-Eye View of Mars: Imaging Science with NASA's Curiosity and Mars-2020 Missions". Dr. Rice is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, a collaborator on the active Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity missions, a Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission, and a Co-Investigator for the Mastcam-Z investigation in development for the Mars2020 rover mission.

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Getting to Western Washington University, conference check-in, and opening reception

Western Washington University is located at 516 High Street in Bellingham, Washington, USA.  It can be reached easily via U.S. Interstate 5 and is located about 90 miles north of Seattle, WA and 60 miles south of Vancouver, Canada.  A campus map, parking information, and information about airport shuttles, car rentals, bus service, and train service can be found here

Check-in for the conference will be available on Thursday, May 16, from 4-9 p.m., and on May 17 and May 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..  Participants should check in at the Information Table Academic Center West on campus to receive their conference packets.  

All conference attendees are invited to participate in the opening reception on Thursday, May 16, from 7-9 p.m. in the Academic Center West. 

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Not all parking lots on the WWU campus accommodate visitor parking. Please refer to the parking map.

Complete information for visitors wishing to park on the WWU campus may be found at https://www.wwu.edu/parking/

Free parking is available evenings (4:30 pm – 7:30 am) and weekends in the C/CR and 12A lots. At other times parking pay stations are located in most “G” lots.

Hourly, daily and weekly permits can also be purchased 24/7 online on Western's Parking Portal

Presenting a talk or poster 

The detailed schedule of talks and poster presentations will be posted here in the near future.

To submit an abstract please go to http://abstracts.aps.org/Meeting.cfm?thisMeetingID=NWS19. The abstract submission deadline is April 12, 2019.

Details for talks:  Plenary talks are allotted 30 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.  Parallel session invited talks are allotted 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions.  Parallel session contributed talks are allotted 10 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions.  

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Internet access

WWU has an Eduroam network which should give most participants internet access. We will provide access codes free of charge for attendees whose institutions are not on Eduroam.


Western Washington Univesity has several on campus dining opitions.

Off campus options are also plentiful.

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Student travel grants

Graduate and undergraduate students planning to attend the conference are eligible to apply for a travel grants. A limited number of travel grants is available.  Preference will be given to students who are presenting their work orally or in poster form. Application information can be found here: https://www.aps.org/units/nws/meetings/student-travel-award.cfm.

Grants to offset childcare costs

Grants to offset childcare costs related to conference attendance are also available.  If you are interested in applying for one of these grants, please contact the program chair by emailing Jeff McGuirk (jmcguirk@sfu.ca).


Bellingham has a number of excellent hotels and smaller establishments where guests may stay overnight.  The conference organizers have negotiated special rates at two hotels.

1- Four Points Sheraton.  The cost is $112+tax.  Conference attendees can book online by using the following link:


Bookings may also be made by phone by calling the hotel’s reservations manager, Karyn Seaverson, at 360-685-8103.

 2 - Guesthouse Inn.  The cost is $99+tax.  To make a reservation at this rate, attendees should call and say that they are with the NW APS conference at WWU.  The number is 360-671-9600.

Western Washington University’s Office of Admissions has also compiled a longer list of nearby accommodations

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Fun things to do in Bellingham

Bellingham is host to a variety of museums and event venues for your pre-conference or post-conference entertainment.  Here is a partial list:


City of Bellingham Parks and Trails

Spark: Museum of Electrical Invention


Mindport: Fine Art and Interactive Exhibits

Entertainment News

Bellingham Railway Museum

Bellingham Farmer’s Market

WWU College of Fine and Performing Arts Events

Bellingham and Whatcom County Event Calendar


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Organizing committees and contact information

NWAPS Executive Committee:  Chair: Ruprecht Machleidt from Univ. of Idaho, Chair-Elect: Jeffrey McGuirk from Simon Fraser University, Past Chair: John Orrell from Pacific Northwest National Lab, Members-at-Large: Jaymie Matthews from University of British Columbia, Paula Heron from University of Washington, and Joey Key from University of Washington Bothell.

Local organizing committee: Andreas Riemann (Chair of Department of Physics and Astronomy, WWU), Andrew Boudreaux, Kevin Covey, Milton From, Thanh Le, Janelle Leger, Ken Rines , Takele Seda, Armin Rahmani

Last updated 27 February 2019