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

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

 

NEW: Panel Session Announced!   

Aerial photo of Bellingham and the bay filled with sailboats

Map of WWU with conference locations

Conference schedule

Register for the conference

Banquet

Getting to Western Washington University

Parking

Conference check-in, and opening reception

Presenting a talk or poster

Internet access

Accommodations

Dining on campus

Student travel grants

Grants to offset childcare costs

Fun things to do in Bellingham

Organizing committee and contact information

 

 

 

 

 


NEW: Panel Session Announced!

Session Title:  Creating Work-Life Balance in STEM

Session Date/Time:  Saturday, May 17th, 12pm-1pm

Location:  CF 316

 Description of session format and topic:  A panel discussion intended to engage undergraduate and graduate students in discussions about balancing work and life in STEM careers.  Four panelists, drawn from academics and industry, will make brief opening statements around this theme.  Informal, open discussion will follow, with a goal and emphasis on surfacing and exploring student questions and concerns. 

 Panelists:

  •        Tamar More, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Portland
  •        Takele Seda, Professor of Physics, Western Washington University
  •        Ruth Velasco-Schmitz, Medical Physicist, Virginia Mason Medical Center
  •         Andrew Yarberry, Product Development Engineer, Janicki Industries

 

Flyer for the session:http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/~from/NWAPS2019/APS19_files/Flyer.pdf


 

Map of WWU with conference locations

A map of WWU showing registration and talk locations as well as parking and food options is at http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/~from/NWAPS2019/APS19_files/APS%20map.pdf

Questions? Please give us a call at 360-650-6618 or 360-650-3818 during normal business hours leading up to the conference. 

During the conference we will have someone available to answer phone inquiries at the above numbers during the following times:

Thursday, May 16

8 am - 5:30 pm

Friday, May 17

8 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, May 18

8 am - 1 pm


Conference schedule

A detailed schedule of talks can be found at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/NWS19/APS_epitome

The following table shows the conference program at a glance: 

The schedule. Download a PDF by clicking the image.

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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 iconNWS2019 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

$70

$80

Graduate student

$35

$45

Undergraduate student

$20

$25

 

 

 

Additional cost option

 

 

Banquet

$40

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. More information on Dr. Rice’s work can be found at https://cse.wwu.edu/physics-astronomy/ricem5 .

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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 and registration packets will be available at the following times and locations during the conference. All conference attendees are invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, May 16, from 5-7:30 P.M. in Academic West Skybridge. 

 

Day

 

Times

Location

Thursday, May 16th

5-7:30 P.M.

Academic West (AW)  Skybridge

Friday, May 17th

7:30 A.M.-noon

1-4 P.M.

4-7 P.M.

Old Main (OM) Theater

Viking Union (VU)

SMATE Lobby (SL)

Saturday, May 18th

7:30 A.M.-noon

Communications Facility (CF)

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Parking

Not all parking lots on the WWU campus accommodate visitor parking.

Convenient parking for the conference is in WWU C lots. Parking is free in these lots weekdays after 4:30 P.M. and on Saturday. Pay parking is available in these lots on weekdays 8-4:30 P.M. A map showing the location of the C lots is at: http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/~from/NWAPS2019/APS19_files/APS%20map.pdf

To pay for parking find a pay station in the lot, enter your license plate number, select the time desired, and use your credit/debit card to pay (visa/mastercard). You may print your receipt however this does not need to be displayed. Please make sure that your license plate number is entered correctly!

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


Presenting a talk or poster 

The deadline for submitting an abstract has now passed. A detailed schedule of talks can be found at http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/NWS19/APS_epitome

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. Our projectors are equipped with VGA ports. Please bring your own adapter if you require another type of connector.

Details for posters: The poster session takes place in the SMATE Lobby on Friday, May 17th from 17:00 to 18:30. Presenters may post their posters in the SMATE lobby anytime during the period 15:00-17:00 on that day. Size limit for posters is 35” wide by 44” high.

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Internet access

Free internet access is available at WWU. Conference attendees should use the network WWUwireless-Guest. A password is not required.


Dining

On campus, The Viking Union (VU) has lunch options on both Friday and Saturday.

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).


Accommodations

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:

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1546634221075&key=GRP&app=resvlink

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

Tripadvisor

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

Questions? Please give us a call at 360-650-6618 or 360-650-3818 during normal business hours leading up to the conference. 

During the conference we will have someone available to answer phone inquiries at the above numbers during the following times:

Thursday, May 16

8 am - 5:30 pm

Friday, May 17

8 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday, May 18

8 am - 1 pm

Last updated 10 May 2019