DAMOP 2008 – Information from the Local Committee
David Weiss and Kurt Gibble
The 39th meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (DAMOP) of the American Physical Society will be held at Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania, from Tuesday, May 27, to Saturday, May 31, 2008. Make plans now to attend.
The conference will be centered at the Nittany Lion Inn, a Historic Hotel of America on the beautiful Penn State University Park campus. University Park is adjacent to charming downtown State College, which features a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural events. State College is in a picturesque central Pennsylvania valley, renowned for its natural beauty and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
There are approximately 800 abstracts in the conference program, in a mix of invited, focus, and contributed oral sessions and poster sessions. The breadth and quality of the abstracts submitted to DAMOP continues to be impressive. The conference website has a list of invited sessions and speakers. There will be a link to the full program soon (March 7). It remains possible to submit postdeadline poster abstracts via the APS website. We are grateful to the DAMOP members that sorted the program: Dana Berkeland, Dave DeMille, Bob Forrey, Marty Ligare, Pierre Meystre, Ken O’Hara, Jianbing Qi, Dave Schultz, Bill Stwalley, Tom Winter, David Weiss, and Kurt Gibble. The sorters’ meeting went very smoothly with the able help of Vinaya Sathyasheelappa from the APS.
Registration: The Deadline for Pre-Registration at the Early Registration Fee is April 4, 2008. Registration is accessible through the conference website or the APS’s DAMOP site. The early registration fee is $400 for members and $200 for students. The fee includes all sessions and breaks, the Welcome Reception, the public lecture,m and the Conference banquet. On-site check-in and registration will take place at the Nittany Lion Inn starting on May 27.
Exhibits: The number of exhibitors at DAMOP is steadily growing. Exhibit display tables will be set up in the Nittany Lion Inn during conference sessions.
Conference Sessions: Oral conference sessions will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. W-F May 28-30, and on Saturday, May 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Except for opening and closing plenary sessions, there will be six parallel sessions, of which three are either invited or focus sessions and three are contributed. Oral sessions will be in the Nittany Lion Inn and in nearby Kern and Keller Halls.
Poster Sessions: Poster sessions will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the HUB-Robeson center on the Penn State campus. Beer, soft drinks, and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Poster presenters can set them up early on the day of their session, and are asked to remove them no later than 6:30 p.m. on the day of the presentation.
Special Events - Tuesday, May 27
DAMOP will have its third Educators’ Day, organized by Stephen van Hook of Penn State, designed predominantly for high school physics teachers. The AMO speakers on the program will be Bill Phillips and Lou Bloomfield. Many of the attendees will join conference attendees at the opening reception at the Nittany Lion Inn in the evening.
A Graduate Student Symposium will be held on May 27, 2008, in Kern Hall adjacent to the Nittany Lion Inn. It will consist of a high quality array of tutorial-style talks and lab tours. The topics and speakers will be “Quantum degenerate gases,” Brian DeMarco (UIUC); “Quantum information,” Dave Wineland (NIST, Boulder); “Quantum optics,” Pierre Meystre (University of Arizona); and “Ultra-fast physics,” Phil Bucksbaum (Stanford University). The event is intended for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, and registration is available on the APS registration website at a cost of $50, which includes a catered lunch.
There will be a Welcome Reception for all conference participants from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27, in the Ballroom of the Nittany Lion Inn.
Special Events - Wednesday, May 28
The conference will open with a plenary prize session from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. in the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom. It will honor two APS Prize Winners: Horst Schmidt-Böcking (Davisson-Germer Prize) and Kenneth Kulander (Allis Prize).
There will be a reception to meet the APS journal editors and celebrate 50 years of PRL. It will be outside the Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom at 3:30.
There will be a Women in Physics reception in Room 129A of the HUB-Robeson Center from 4:30 to 6:30. Women graduate students and postdoctoral candidates are especially welcome.
The Topical Group for Precision Measurements and Fundamental Constants (GPMFC) will have its annual business meeting in Room 103, Osmond Laboratory, followed by dinner for members of the topical group.
Public Lecture: Steven Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Nobel laureate, will give a public lecture at 8:00 p.m. in the Eisenhower Auditorium. The title of his lecture is: “The energy/climate change problem and what we can do about it.” The lecture will be followed by a Penn State Creamery Ice Cream reception outside of Eisenhower Auditorium.
Special Events - Thursday, May 29
The theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical community (TAMOC) will hold a community meeting from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 101, Osmond Laboratory.
The Conference Banquet at 7:00 p.m. will be preceded by a cash bar reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel. Chartered buses will transport guests from the HUB-Robeson Center and the Nittany Lion Inn to the Penn Stater (~3 miles). The dinner will be followed by public awarding of the various DAMOP prizes and fellowships.
Special Events - Friday, May 30
There will be a DAMOP Town Hall Meeting in the Auditorium of the HUB-Robeson Center at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the format and organization for future DAMOP meetings (see article above on the DAMOP format and organization improvement committee). This will be followed by the DAMOP Business Meeting.
Special Events - Saturday, May 31
There will be a plenary Hot Topics Session from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Following the close of the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to tour AMO labs at Penn State.
Accommodations: There is a list of hotels with DAMOP room blocks on the conference website. April 25 is the deadline for the conference rates, which range from $51 to $115 per night for single or double occupancy. The conference hotels are within one mile of the Nittany Lion Inn. Three in particular are closer to more conference events and downtown restaurants, namely the Nittany Lion Inn, the Atherton Hotel, and the Day’s Inn. There is a map with all the conference sites on the website. There are many other hotels and motels without an official DAMOP affiliation within a few miles of campus.
Students and other attendees also have the option of staying at Penn State residence halls, either at the un-air conditioned West Halls very near the Nittany Lion Inn for $46.75 single/$39.50 double, or at the air conditioned Eastview Terrace for $62.50 a night single occupancy. Registration information is on the conference website.
Travel to State College
By air: The State College/University Park Airport (SCE) is located five miles from the conference site. Call 814-865-5511 for airport information. The airport is served by four airlines: United Airlines (Washington Dulles); US Airways (Philadelphia); Northwest Airlines (Detroit); and Delta Airlines (Atlanta, Cincinnati). Taxis are available, as are shuttles to the Nittany Lion Inn and Atherton Hotels (call the hotels for information). The airport is served by National, Alamo, Hertz and Avis, but most people will not need rental cars.
The Harrisburg Airport is 90 miles away, a 1.5 hour drive. It is served by the airlines above as well as by: American Eagle (Chicago/O'Hare, Dallas/Ft. Worth); Continental Airlines (Cleveland); and Air Canada (Toronto).
By car: The University Park campus is within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg (1.5 hrs., 90 mi.), Pittsburgh (2.5 hrs., 137 mi.), Philadelphia (3.5 hrs., 194 mi.), Baltimore (3 hrs., 155 mi.), Washington, D.C. (4 hrs., 190 mi.), New York City (4 hrs., 250 mi.), Cleveland (4 hrs., 240 mi.), and Rochester (4 hrs., 240 mi.).
Please visit Penn State: Visitors and Neighbors Website for detailed visitor information, including maps.
Invitation Letter: Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the meeting may write to the DAMOP 08 conference planner. This procedure is designed to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting. The letter does not imply that any registration fees or other expenses will be assumed by the meeting organizers. Address requests to:
Katie Frieden, Conference Planner
The Pennsylvania State University
225 The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
University Park PA 16802
Conference Deadlines: Early registration deadline: April 4 (when the price increases by $50). Student symposium registration deadline: April 25. Conference hotel rate deadline: April 25.
Accompanying Persons Information: The Local Committee is planning a program of daytime activities for accompanying persons on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Advance expressions of interest are welcome through the website.
Student Travel Support: DAMOP once again anticipates providing some support for student travel to the Annual Meeting. The deadline for receipt of applications for support is March 21, 2008 and information about how to apply, and the guidelines we will follow for selection, may be found on upcoming meetings page.