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We are excited to announce the launch of a new summer research program for undergrads and recent grads:  The Plasma and Fusion Undergraduate Research Opportunities (PFURO) program PFURO participants will: Conduct 10 weeks of remote summer research under the guidance of faculty and staff at US undergraduate institutions Participate in the 2-week  Intro to Plasma and Fusion course  hosted by PPPL (June 14th-June 25).   Be invited to join all of the workforce development seminars and workshops available for PPPL summer undergraduate interns Receive a $600 weekly stipend for the duration of the 10 week, 40hr/week research experience. Be sponsored ...
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Are you or someone you know interested in serving on the APS-DPP Executive Committee? Here's your chance! We are re-opening the call for nominations.  Nominating Executive Committee Members —The DPP Nominating Committee seeks candidates for a Vice Chair and three Members-At-Large. Candidate nominations deadline is  May 19, 2021 . How to nominate: The Committee will consider names submitted by any current APS DPP member ( including self-nominations ). DPP member candidates nominated by at least 1% of DPP membership (28 members) will automatically be placed on the ballot. Each individual nominator must submit an email/communication nomination to the Nominating Committee ...
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The AAPPS-DPP (M. Kikuchi, CEO, B. Wan, Chair) is the first division under AAPPS (Association of Asia Pacific Physical societies) established in 2014. The AAPPS-DPP started its 1st annual conference called the First Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2017) at Chengdu, China in September, 2017. The fifth Asian-Pacific Conference on Plasma Physics (AAPPS-DPP 2021: http://aappsdpp.org/DPP2021/index.html ) will be remote online conference, hosted by Prof. Masaharu Shiratani ( https://ias.kyushu-u.ac.jp/en/greeting/ ) Kyushu University, Japan, in September 26 (Sun) - Oct. 1 (Friday), 2021. The APS Division of Plasma Physics strongly endorses AAPPS-DPP ...
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The Physics-Division Office (P-DO) is seeking outstanding candidates for the full-time position of R&D Manager 4/Group Leader (GL) in our newly formed group P-4, Thermonuclear Plasma Physics. Physics Division recently restructured, yielding four new groups. All of our new groups will house capabilities ranging from the most fundamental discovery science to mission-relevant research. The new group P-4 is centered around one of our key competencies: the design, execution and analysis of experiments in extremely high-energy density conditions, inertial confinement fusion and magnetized plasmas, including the development of relevant detectors and cameras. The ...
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NSF Plasma Physics Program Semi-Annual Webinar   When:   Apr 9, 2021 03:00 PM – 4:30 PM Eastern Time   (US and Canada)     Agenda: 1)       NSF and plasma physics program news and updates 2)       New funding opportunities with particular focus on broadening participation and engaging the next generation of scientists from underrepresented groups 3)       Extensive Q&A   Register in advance for this webinar: https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_kiqlAz1CRt-Z6T337NDhzQ   Or an H.323/SIP room system:     H.323: 161.199.138.10 (US West) or 161.199.136.10 (US East)     Meeting ID: 160 021 8922     Passcode: 533795 ...
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From DPP Chair Michael Brown: On December 10, 2020 the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) unanimously approved a long-range plan for the US Department of Energy Fusion Energy Sciences program (FES). The report, “Powering the Future: Fusion and Plasmas,” was completed on February 11, 2021 and can be viewed at http://usfusionandplasmas.org . This represents the culmination of a two-year development that started with the APS-DPP Community Planning Process. On behalf of the membership of APS-DPP, the Executive Committee strongly endorses this report. Like APS-DPP, the scope of FES is broad, supporting research that spans the breadth of Fusion Science ...
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APS has released a new   report   that provides recommendations to strengthen the nation’s STEM workforce, including building research capacity among emerging research institutions (ERIs), establishing a clear path for international talent to study and work in the US, confronting hostile work environments, and addressing the shortage of qualified STEM teachers. Titled “Building America’s STEM Workforce: Eliminating Barriers and Unlocking Advantages,” the report examines both domestic and international challenges and opportunities. It synthesizes a range of public data and reports—complemented with surveys of physics department chairs and APS ...
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Happy New Year to DPP members! I hope that 2021 brings you joy in your life and success in your endeavors. My vision for DPP in 2021 is threefold. First, I want to embrace the breadth of our science as laid out in our decadal study Plasma 2020. Fascinating plasma science is being studied by physicists, engineers, physicians, and astronomers. I would like to continue to invite these scientists to present at our meetings, and publish in our journals. Second, we need to begin to unify the disparate scientific groups studying plasmas. Whether we study the solar wind, fusion plasmas, or high energy density plasma it's all the same science. We can learn from each ...
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Learn more at nas.edu/hedp .    #FeaturedNews
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From Troy Carter: The subcommittee report "Powering the Future: Fusion & Plasmas" has been posted on the FESAC website here: https://science.osti.gov/fes/ fesac/Meetings https://science.osti.gov/-/ media/fes/fesac/pdf/2020/ 202012/DRAFT_Fusion_and_ Plasmas_Report_120420.pdf?la= en&hash= 0BC10F27FAFFCDF79867E08ECDF762 C16434F8D5 I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to the subcommittee members and to all of you.  This has been a two-year effort to create a new vision for fusion energy and plasma science research.  Our report would not have been possible without the heavy lift that was the Community Planning Process and the CPP report.  ...
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Thank you from DPP

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I would like to thank the 2200 of you who participated in DPP 2020 last week.  Remember that all content has been recorded and is available for future viewing in the coming year.  Simply access the Bravura platform as you did last week and click on “View Recording” (blue button, upper right).  Posters are available as they were last week.  The content is password protected through your APS credentials.  You can search for content on the Bravura platform, or using the Epitome.  Please respond to the DPP 2020 survey emailed to you and/or send comments to me directly.  We will see you in Pittsburgh next November for DPP 2021.    #FeaturedNews
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DPP and all of plasma physics mourns the loss of Professor Noah Hershkowitz of the University of Wisconsin, a distinguished contributor to and pioneer in the field of plasma physics, who passed away on November 13, 2020. Noah had a long and impactful career spanning many decades, and disciplines. He made groundbreaking contributions to nuclear physics, fusion energy research, foundational plasma physics, and low temperature plasmas. Noah received his bachelor's degree from Union College in 1962 and his Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1966. He served on the faculty of the University of Iowa before joining the University of Wisconsin in 1981, ...
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DPP 2020 is live!

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The all-remote APS DPP 2020 meeting is now live.  A few reminders about the platform.  The Bravura platform has many of the aspects of Zoom, but it is NOT Zoom. First, if you are presenting (contributed talk, invited talk or review, or poster), you should visit the platform early.  Upload your poster now.  Go to the "backstage" room up to an hour before your talk.  Second, during the session, the "curtain" is up and the show is live, so speakers should mute and turn off cameras.  Third, speakers and session chairs should note that there are several useful features including a pointer/drawing feature, and the ability to upload documents, papers, PDFs of the talk ...
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The DPP is sponsoring a Visual Science Communication Content to foster communication of research presented at the APS-DPP Annual Meetings via visual media to the broader community and the public. This award consists of two visual media categories - image and video. All registered APS-DPP attendees are eligible to submit one entry per category. The top entry in each category will be awarded $100 and the runner-up will be awarded $50 and the winning entries will be featured on the APS-DPP website and Twitter ( @apsdpp ). For more information and to submit entries please visit this website:  https://engage.aps.org/dpp/meetings/annual-meeting/communication-contest ...
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Session chairs (or moderators) will access their session through the same portal as the speaker.  They should join the session about an hour before the session begins.  Session chairs can mute a speaker’s mic, and can turn off their camera.  Chairs cannot un-mute a mic, or turn on a camera.  There is a "host control panel" for session chairs, so they can see all the presenters in their session (both on-stage, and off-stage), and enable/disable Q&A, chats, etc.  Session chairs can engage speakers via audio and video before the session (length of talks, length of Q&A).  They will have a presenter chat to prepare the next speaker, and to give time cues to ...
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Bravura has done two training sessions, one for speakers, one for session chairs.  Those have been recorded and will be made available on this DPP Engage website.  As a speaker, you should enter the speaker platform 45-60 minutes before the beginning of your session.  You should perform a system check, and use the chat feature (bottom right) if you require technical support from the Bravura team.  You should write a speaker profile, with your information, photo, affiliation, and searchable keywords about your presentation.  You can either do your presentation live, and share your screen, or you can upload your content (100 MB for PDFs, 4 GB for videos).  Speakers ...
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Here is an update of what to expect when you upload content to the Bravura platform, and when you participate in DPP 2020 the week of November 9, 2020.  There will be more detailed instructions coming shortly from APS for presenters and session chairs.  I would like to introduce four aspects of the platform: speaker console, attendee console, webinar format, and networking format.    First, we anticipate opening access to the platform several days before the conference.  Access will be through your APS user account and password, and available only for registered attendees.  There will be a “speaker” console available for all presenters.  Presenters will be ...
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I would like to ask the Plasma Science community to provide questions to experts for the DPP Town Hall on the Breadth and Unification of the Field of Plasma Science 6-8 PM CST, November 11, 2020.  The panel will include representatives of funding agencies, as well as representatives of plasma science community groups and recent community activities.  Send questions to me at: doc@swarthmore.edu. The types of questions you should consider include: What constitutes plasma science and technology?  Where is plasma science studied, and who funds it?  What are the most profound questions facing plasma science today?  What are the important tools and technologies that ...
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This year for DPP 2020, we have 786 contributed posters, 928 contributed orals, and 111 invited talks, for a total of 1825 presentations for DPP 2020.  All content will be served on a platform provided by Bravura.  Our plan is to record all oral presentations for future viewing, but APS requires explicit opt-in permission from speakers.  Please respond to the one-click permission you have received from APS.  Of the approximately 1800 presentations, about 300 members have not responded to date.  Without permission from members, we can’t record their content at DPP 2020 for future reference.  Please opt in so that we can provide this service to the community.
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I would like to extend a personal invitation to the Plasma Science community to participate in an important Town Hall at the all-remote 62 nd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics, November 9-13, 2020.  This discussion will occur during the normal time of our Wednesday evening reception and banquet (6-8 PM CST, November 11, 2020).  This event will complement other events throughout the week including a Town Hall specifically the for Plasma 2020 Decadal Study.  The panel will include representatives of funding agencies, as well as representatives of plasma science community groups and recent community activities.  Our vision for this event is ...
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