APS 4 Corners 2018 Annual Meeting

Meeting Dates: October 12-13, 2018

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society (APS) will be held October 12-13, 2018, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thank you to all of the 2018 4CS APS conference participants. Award recipients are:

Harry Lustig Award

Simone Hayater-Adams – CU Boulder

Outstanding Undergraduate Poster

Holly Johnson – Arizona State University
Matthew Lawyer – Brigham Young University
Rachel Tenney – University of Wyoming

Outstanding Graduate Poster

Randall Rojas Bolivar – University of Utah
Rashni Anandawansha – New Mexico State University
Sanduni Fernando – University of Utah
Sarina Etheridge – University of Utah

Outstanding Undergraduate Talk

Alex Flesher – Colorado State University
Colter Richardson – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
James Erikson – Brigham Young University
Jordan Lee – Utah State University
Kennedy Lincoln – Brigham Young University
Lauren Zundel – University of New Mexico
Leslie Howe – Brigham Young University
Nathan Benfell – Brigham Young University
Ryan Gibbons – University of New Mexico

Outstanding Graduate Talk

Chandramouli Nyshadham – Brigham Young University
Cody Petrie – Arizona State University
David Smith – Utah State University
Jackson Remington – University of Utah
Jeremy Jorgensen – Brigham Young University

Spherical Cow Award (Best Non-Student Presentation)

Prof. Dinesh Loomba – University of New Mexico


  • Prof. Alejandro Manjavacas – University of New Mexico 
  • Prof. Gus Hart – Brigham Young University  
  • Prof. Maria Rodriguez – Utah State University   


Outstanding Judges

Joseph Foy – Arizona State University
Tracianne Neilsen – Brigham Young University
Jean-Francois Van Huele – Brigham Young University 

Important Deadlines

  • Abstract Submission Opens – August 22, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline – September 10, 2018
  • Student Travel Support Application Deadline – September 15, 2018
  • Contributed Paper Acceptance Notification – September 28, 2018
  • Student Travel Support Award Notification – September 28, 2018
  • Early (Discounted) Registration Ends – October 1, 2018

Abstract Submission and Registration

Abstract submission and conference registration are both handled by the American Physical Society. For guidance and links, visit the abstract submission and registration pages.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Victor Acosta – U New Mexico: Diamond Magnetic Microscopy
  • Dana Anderson – JILA: Putting Cold Atoms To Work: From Transistors To Gyroscopes
  • Alina Gearby-Sell – US Air Force Academy: Affecting Change Within Your Department
  • Craig Hardgrove – Arizona State: Exploring the Surface of Mars with the Curiosity Rover Neutron Detector
  • David Jonas – U Colorado: New Dimensions in Ultrafast Spectroscopy Reveal Ancient Secrets of Photosynthesis
  • Valeria Molinero – U Utah: TBA
  • Mark Paris – LANL: Kinetic theory of neutrinos and nuclei in the ‘early’ universe
  • Maria Rodriguez – Utah State: New Frontiers in Fundamental Black Hole Physics
  • Mats Selen – U Illinois: Innovation and Creativity in Intro Physics Labs (Banquet Speaker)
  • Dan Wik – U Utah: Science Results from the NuStar Mission

Invited Speakers

  • Sarah Braden – USU
  • Branton Campbell – BYU
  • Robert Cooper – New Mexico State
  • Stacy Copp – LANL
  • Remi Dingreville – Sandia
  • Dallin Durfee – BYU
  • Joseph Foy – Arizona State
  • Terefe Habteyes – New Mexico
  • Jennifer Hanley – Lowell Observatory
  • Eric Hirschmann – BYU
  • ShengTing Hung – JILA
  • Chen-Yen Lai – LANL
  • Brian LeRoy – Arizona
  • Keith Lidke – New Mexico
  • Dinesh Loomba – U New Mexico
  • Alejandro Manjavacas – New Mexico
  • Mario Marconi – Colorado State
  • Oliver Monti – Arizona
  • David Neilsen – BYU
  • Traci Neilsen – BYU
  • Banu Ozkan – Arizona State
  • Kristin Rabosky – Weber State
  • Darin Raggozzine – BYU
  • Arvinder Sandhu – U Arizona
  • Meenakshi Singh – Co. School of Mines
  • Ivan I. Smalyukh – U. Colorado
  • Franziska Weickert – LANL
  • Ryan Wixom – Sandia

Conference Program Committee:

  • Ann Junghans (Chair) – Loa Alamos National Laboratory
  • Dave Kieda (Co-Chair) – University of Utah
  • Barry Ritche – Arizona State University
  • Edwin Fohtung – New Mexico State University
  • Maria J. Rodriguez – Utah State University
  • Jun Ye – JILA
  • Vanessa Huxter – University of Arizona
  • Steve Kanim – New Mexico State University
  • Eric Toberer – Colorado School of Mines
  • Brennan Hughey – Embry-Riddle
  • Maya Davidson – Student member, University of Northern Colorado

Local Organizing Committee:

  • Dave Kieda (Chair) – University of Utah
  • Ben Bromley  – University of Utah
  • Carleton DeTar – University of Utah
  • Jordan Gerton – University of Utah
  • Pearl Sandick – University of Utah
  • Tino Nyawelo – University of Utah
  • Mandi Peterson – University of Utah

Click here to download the conference poster

About the Four Corners Section

From the APS Physics website

The Four Corners Section has a strong commitment to support the work of physics students and to give them opportunities to present their research and to meet physicists in our region. To that end, we offer small, regional meetings of limited expense and activities that can reach more APS members and potential members, including students and industry physicists.

Geographically the Four Corners Section includes the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Four Corners is the point of orthogonal intersection of the borders of these four states, the only point common to four states in the United States.

Section meetings will unite participants from colleges, universities, industry, and government laboratories. In addition, the section will contribute to greater awareness of regional activities in physics through its website and provide programs for public outreach.

Section meetings are held in the fall of each year, including all subdisciplines and emphasizing the unity of the various fields of physics. Public events are planned with the meetings to strengthen broader perceptions of and support for science.

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