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DPP members should have all received a ballot for DPP vice-chair, and for three new members of the Executive Committee.  The email comes from myDirectVote, a new platform APS is using.  Please vote for these important positions.  My deep appreciation goes to Andris Dimits (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) chair of the Nominating Committee.  Also, please note that there are several early career candidates for Executive Committee.  The DPP Election is open through Friday, October 29, 2021 11:59 PM Central Time (UTC -6).
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The APS-DPP meeting is rapidly approaching, with an early registration deadline of October 15, https://engage.aps.org/dpp/meetings/annual-meeting/registration . DPP would like to provide you with some input as you prepare your presentations.  This year, we are planning a hybrid meeting, which entails both in-person and remote aspects.  Please follow the guidelines that pertain to how you plan to attend the meeting.   Review, Tutorial, Invited and Award Presentations These presentations will be live streamed, with both remote and in-person participation.  Both in-person and remote presenters will have an option to present live.  However, a pre-recording ...
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To DPP membership:   This is an update from DPP leadership on the status of DPP 2021 in Pittsburgh at the David Lawrence Convention Center  DLCC .  As of now (4 weeks from the meeting week, and one week before registration deadline), our plan remains to move forward with both a live (in person) component and a virtual component.  We are following guidance from the APS COVID task force and their public health consulting company called Cardno ChemRisk.  I would like to provide members information as they decide whether to attend DPP 2021 in-person or remotely.  We are making every effort to make in-person attendance at DPP 2021 safe, and we encourage you to ...
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To DPP members, an announcement from GEC. Based on current circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaseous Electronics Conference (GEC) 2021 will take place Oct 4-8, 2021 as a fully virtual conference .  The GEC Scientific Program can be found here .  For further information see the GEC website . Please note that all session times will be US Central Daylight Time . We would like to encourage your participation in the GEC 2021 Virtual Meeting. All those wishing to attend the sessions are requested to register for GEC 2021 . For students, if APS registration does not give the proper rate, you will want to make sure your APS profile is updated.
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To DPP membership: This is an update from DPP leadership on the status of DPP 2021 in Pittsburgh at the David Lawrence Convention Center DLCC .  As of now (10 weeks from the meeting week), our plan is to move forward with both a live (in person) component and a virtual component.  APS has established a COVID task force to provide guidance to units.  They have teamed with a public health consulting company called Cardno ChemRisk.  The APS task force is studying epidemiological metrics and emerging evidence including case rates in Allegheny County, PA and COVID measures taken at DLCC.  At this time, ChemRisk strongly recommends a hybrid event to reduce the ...
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Here's an excellent video, done by undergraduate student Denisse Cordova Carrizales, on magnetic confinement fusion and the SPARC tokamak.  Please share.  SPARC video
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There are now 27 plasma related jobs in a variety of areas now listed at ORNL.  Please share this information with your students and postdocs.  mike ORNL job site
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NSF Director Explains Vision for Science Agency in APS News In the June edition of APS News, National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Sethuraman Panchanathan discusses his vision for the science agency, including its role in supporting research and training the future STEM workforce. Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer, and NSF’s 15 th director, after being confirmed by the US Senate on June 18, 2020. Additionally, he is a leader in science, engineering, and education with more than three decades of experience. Read about his vision for NSF here .
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Please consider nominating a DPP colleague for the Will Allis Prize for the Study of Ionized Gases.  Nominations are due June 1, 2021. https://www.aps.org/programs/ honors/prizes/allis.cfm
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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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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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