AAPT Winter Meeting 2023


Special Events/Tours

Are you looking for other ways to get involved at the 2023 AAPT Winter Meeting? Consider joining the Vernier Science Education Evening Event or the LIGO Hanford Observatory Tour!

Vernier Science Education Evening Event
Enjoy an evening with David and Christine Vernier and the Vernier Science Education Team at their headquarters for dinner and beverages. Vernier will provide transportation for attendees, host tours (including a trip down memory lane in Dave's museum), and provide interactive displays. You can ride the Vernier slide, search for treasures in Dave's used-equipment area, and even take home a gift you can use in your physics classes. Round trip complimentary transportation is being provided by Vernier from the Hilton Downtown Portland.

When: Monday January 16th
Time: 6:30 PM (Buses depart the Hilton at 6:00 PM)
Cost: $10

LIGO Hanford Observatory Tour
During this tour you will have a chance to explore many interactive and static exhibits now housed in LHO's new LIGO Exploration Center (LExC). All of the artifacts that used to be in the lobby of LHO's small reception building are now housed in LExC, including the historic Weber Bar (one of the earliest devices designed to detect gravitational waves) and a full-scale engineering model of LIGO's quad suspension, a feat of engineering critical to LIGO's success. You will also visit the one point on the site where you can see both of the interferometer's 4km-long arms reaching into the Eastern Washington shrub steppe. A highlight for many guests is the interferometer's control room, where you will learn even more about LIGO directly from the people who maintain and operate the world's most sensitive measuring device.

When: Saturday, January 14
Time: Departure time from the Hilton Portland will be at 7:30 am.  This will allow time for a stop for lunch and a 15-30 minute early arrival at LIGO. 
Cost: $117

Accessibility - All parts of the tour are wheelchair accessible.
Vaccination requirements - LIGO requires all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They define "fully vaccinated" as at least two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, OR one shot of Johnson & Johnson. All visitors over the age of 18 will be required to show proof of vaccination (physical card, photo of card, or electronic version), upon entry to the building.

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