APS March Meeting 2008, New Orleans

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In summary, attendees of the New Orleans conference discussed various topics including the weather, food and drinks, and the lack of earth-shattering news. The most notable discussion was on the topic of graphene, while one attendee mentioned being disappointed by the overall conference experience. Additionally, a new report on decoherence was discussed, but not in great detail.
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Any else here going to New Orleans next week?
 
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yep, I'm going. New Orleans is great. You can drink booze right out on the street.
 
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Never been to the Big Easy before - this will be my first visit. I'm looking forward to the food and drink! The talks might be good too. :biggrin:
 
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Have fun! I miss the March Meetings. I find the 10-minute, production line contributed talks somewhat "charming", since there's no time for bullcrap and you have to get right to the point.

I am now "relegated" to the April Meetings and PAC conferences!

:(

Zz.
 
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Yep.
 
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I'll be there. Unfortunately only for Saturday evening and Sunday. I recall the primary purpose my chapter of ACS is going is to accept an award or something.
 
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So how come we're not hearing any daily reports here on the meeting? How's the weather down there? Is everyone attending going to be presenting a talk?

:)

Zz.
 
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weather's not too bad, not too good. it's cloudy and 60-ish.

I give my talk on Friday, but two of my pals talked on Monday so I am hungover today from celebrating with them last night. I just got into town last night so I haven't even been to the conference yet.
 
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olgranpappy said:
weather's not too bad, not too good. it's cloudy and 60-ish.

I give my talk on Friday, but two of my pals talked on Monday so I am hungover today from celebrating with them last night. I just got into town last night so I haven't even been to the conference yet.

Good luck with the talk. I remember when we were at LA in 1998 when I was scheduled to give mine late morning on Friday. The room was only half-filled since a lot of people have left.

Was there any plan made to meet up with other PF'ers there? I know that if I were going, I would have tried to get people together.

Zz.
 
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I gave my talk on Tuesday, and was out of NO, La by Thursday evening. Two new things I consumed: grilled gator, hurricane. Neither impressed me terribly. Compared to the blizzard I'd just left behind, the weather there was fabulous.
 
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Gokul43201 said:
I gave my talk on Tuesday, and was out of NO, La by Thursday evening. Two new things I consumed: grilled gator, hurricane. Neither impressed me terribly. Compared to the blizzard I'd just left behind, the weather there was fabulous.

Excuse my ignorance, but what's a "hurricane"? :)

Was there anything earth-shattering that came out of there? I've been following a few APS blogs and it appeared that no one was revealing anything too surprising.

Zz.
 
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ZapperZ said:
Excuse my ignorance, but what's a "hurricane"? :)

as you might have thought: it's a drink with a lot of alcohol that tastes like it doesn't have a lot of alcohol.

Was there anything earth-shattering that came out of there? I've been following a few APS blogs and it appeared that no one was revealing anything too surprising.

Zz.

I didn't come across anything earth-shattering... a few of the invited talks were good, but those sessions of pure ten minute talks are just mind-numbing.

Honestly, I didn't get much out of the conference. I guess it was good for a little networking, but not very good for learning about physics... I was really a bit disappointed by the whole thing... oh well. At least I'm getting reimbursed for my expenses.

and P.S. my friday 10AM talk was very sparsly attended... seems like people start leaving on Wednesday and the overall attendence decreases exponentially from there... oh well again.
 
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olgranpappy said:
as you might have thought: it's a drink with a lot of alcohol that tastes like it doesn't have a lot of alcohol.

Of course. And yes, that was my first guess. :)

I didn't come across anything earth-shattering... a few of the invited talks were good, but those sessions of pure ten minute talks are just mind-numbing.

Honestly, I didn't get much out of the conference. I guess it was good for a little networking, but not very good for learning about physics... I was really a bit disappointed by the whole thing... oh well. At least I'm getting reimbursed for my expenses.

and P.S. my friday 10AM talk was very sparsly attended... seems like people start leaving on Wednesday and the overall attendence decreases exponentially from there... oh well again.

That was my experience as well when I was slated for a Friday session. But then it all worked out because when I went to the one in Seattle (was it in 2001 where we had the "Physics Woostock West" after the discovery of superconductivity in MgB2?), I got the prime Monday morning session that was packed to the gills. :)

The only interesting bit of news that I gathered that was also reported at the March Meeting was a new report on the evolution from quantum to classical system via coupling to an external "bath", i.e. decoherence.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080313143055.htm

Not exactly my field of study, but that would have been something I would had tried to attend.

Zz.
 

1. What is the APS March Meeting 2008?

The APS March Meeting 2008 was an annual conference organized by the American Physical Society (APS) that took place from March 10-14, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It brought together thousands of scientists, researchers, and students from around the world to present and discuss their latest findings in the field of physics.

2. What were the main topics of discussion at the APS March Meeting 2008?

The main topics of discussion at the APS March Meeting 2008 included condensed matter physics, materials science, biophysics, quantum mechanics, and many other subfields of physics. Some of the specific topics covered were superconductivity, nanotechnology, and gravitational waves.

3. Who attended the APS March Meeting 2008?

The APS March Meeting 2008 was attended by scientists, researchers, and students from all over the world, including representatives from universities, research institutions, and private companies. It also featured keynote speakers from various fields of physics and industry leaders.

4. What were some of the highlights of the APS March Meeting 2008?

Some of the highlights of the APS March Meeting 2008 included a plenary talk by Nobel Laureate Steven Chu on energy research, a panel discussion on the role of physics in society, and a session on diversity and inclusion in the physics community. There were also numerous presentations on groundbreaking research in various fields of physics.

5. Will there be another APS March Meeting in the future?

Yes, the APS March Meeting is an annual event and has been held every year since 1903. The upcoming APS March Meeting 2022 is scheduled to take place from March 21-25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. Interested individuals can visit the APS website for more information and updates on future meetings.

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