The ballot for this year's election is complete, and it will very soon be going out to all members. The list of candidates is as follows:
Vice Chair: Richard Matzner, Bob Wald.
Secretary/Treasurer: David Garfinkle, Ted Jacobson.
Delegate (Slot 1) John Friedman, Jennie Traschen.
Delegate (Slot 2) Matt Choptuik, Ed Seidel.
This year our annual meeting will be earlier than usual. It will be in conjunction with the APS Centennial Meeting, 20-26 March, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting is going to be very big. There will be a lot of bicentennial stuff (exhibits, lectures, historical talks), and it should be quite nice. Please check the web site: http://www.aps.org/centennial
The activities tied in with GR and gravitation include the following
Centennial Symposium: Einstein's Legacy: Nature's Experiments in Gravitational Physics (Tuesday, 24 March)
Clifford Will: Einstein's Relativity Put to Nature's Test: A Centennial Perspective
Robert Kirshner: Was the Cosmological Constant Einstein's Greatest Mistake?
David Spergel: The Cosmic Microwave Background: A Bridge to the Early Universe
Kip Thorne: A New Window on the Universe: The Search for Gravitational Waves
Invited Session: Progress in the theory of gravitation (Thursday, 26 March)
Robert Wald: Classical general relativity
Saul Teukolsky: Numerical methods
Gary Horowitz: Quantum gravity
Invited Session: Instrumentation for Gravitational Radiation Detection ( Monday, 23 March)
David Shoemaker: Interferometric Detectors - overview
Peter Fritschel: Gravitational wave interferometer configurations
Jordan Camp: Requirements and performance of optics for gravitational wave interferometry
Eric Gustafson: Lasers for Gravitational wave interferometry
Peter Saulson: Thermal noise in gravitational wave interferometers
There will also be a number of focus sessions with invited and contributed talks (See www site), plus the Annual TGG Business Meeting, which will be on Wednesday at 5:30. PLEASE COME.
Travel Support for the Annual Meeting
Last year, we decided that a useful way to spend our accumulating treasure is to support young people coming to the annual meeting. So this year, we will begin a program of small grants to help pay travel and/or lodging for the meeting in Atlanta. The people eligible for these grants are students and post docs. If you wish to apply, please send the following to Jim Isenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org).
1) A brief CV
2) A list of your publications
3) A supporting letter from a faculty member research group director
4) A tentative travel plan (including rough cost) for going to the meeting
The applications should be in by the 20th of February.