Every March, about 10,000 physicists descend on some poor city in North America. This year, it’s Denver, Colorado. For the last dozen years or so, the American Physical Society has sponsored a talk (or two or three or four) for the public in that city.
Sunday morning, I woke to the news that the APS has cancelled the March meeting because about half the attendees come from Asia. Given the travel warnings announced Saturday night, APS deemed it best to cancel the meeting.
I am looking into webinar software to see if there’s a way to give the talk remotely. I’m not sure how much interest there would be in that, but we’ll see how easy it is to do.
This is a truly extraordinary cancellation, but give that the virus is capable of spreading quickly, it’s the right decision. A lot of sports are canceling events (including a number of motorsports) because it’s just not a good idea to have large gatherings under the circumstances.