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You're Invited to Join the APS Division of Astrophysics

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 20:16

APS Physics LogoThe AAS and the American Physical Society (APS) have long enjoyed some overlap of membership, particularly in the APS Division of Astrophysics (DAP). Today, with the detection of gravitational-wave sources and electromagnetic counterparts, the emergence of exoplanet science as a mature area of astrophysical research, and the burgeoning and cross-cutting nature of data science, there are more synergies between the realms of “astronomy” and “physics” than ever before.

Recent APS April Meetings have included such topical sessions as "The Physics of Exoplanets," and the upcoming APS April Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, will include topical sessions such as "Time Domain Astrophysics," "Electromagnetic Counterparts to Gravitational Wave Sources," "Machine Learning Approaches in Astrophysics," "Women Pioneers in Astronomy," and more.

AAS members who are not already engaged with the APS are encouraged to consider just some of the benefits of joining:

  • The APS April Meeting provides a venue that is complementary to the AAS January and June meetings for presenting research, networking, early-career services, and media engagement;

  • DAP sponsors travel awards for early-career researchers to present their work at the APS April Meeting;

  • DAP sponsors an annual Astrophysics Thesis Prize that brings three recent PhD graduates in astronomy and astrophysics to the APS April Meeting to showcase their work;

  • DAP members are eligible after one year of membership to be nominated as APS Fellows, a prestigious professional honor.

Finally, the APS is a “big tent” organization with many topical divisions that span the large breadth of physics research, education, and policy, of which DAP is but one. AAS members may find additional professional affinity with other APS units, such as the Division of Computational Physics, the Division of Gravitational Physics, the Division of Nuclear Physics, the Division of Plasma Physics, the Forum on Early Career Scientists, the Forum on Education, the Forum on Graduate Student Affairs, the Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public, the Forum on Policy and Society, the Topical Group on Few Body Systems, the Topical Group on Instrument and Measurement Science, the Topical Group on Magnetism, the Topical Group on Physics Education Research, the Topical Group in Plasma Astrophysics, and the Topical Group on Physics of Climate.

Please consider making APS DAP a part of your extended professional family, and please join us at the 2018 APS April Meeting in Columbus. Abstracts may be submitted through 12 January 2018. If joining us this year is not possible, please consider joining us in 2019!

Keivan Stassun
Vanderbilt University