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Soft Condensed Matter Physics
Gordon Research Conference

Soft Matter in and out of Equilibrium

Dates

August 13-18, 2017

Location

Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH

Organizers

Chairs:
Zvonimir Dogic & Michael Brenner

Vice Chairs:
Christoph F. Schmidt & Lisa Manning

Meeting Description

This conference will highlight the frontiers of Soft Matter Physics, embracing the diversity of topics where the ideas of soft matter physics play a fundamental role. The sessions will range from traditional topics of soft matter physics, including active matter, fluid mechanics and recent advances in topological phases, to biologically inspired topics ranging from proteins to gels. There will be a session exploring opportunities enabled by new methods of visualization.

The collegial atmosphere of this Conference, with programmed sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides an avenue for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented. The conference will be preceded by a two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), which is a unique opportunity for young researchers to share in the GRC experience and build informal networks with their peers.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Soft Condensed Matter Physics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmActive Matter
Discussion Leader: Cristina Marchetti (Syracuse University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmMichael Cates (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Incomplete Phase Separation in Active Matter: Clusters and Bubbles"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmDenis Bartolo (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France)
"Flocking Through Disorder"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmFundamentals of Soft Matter
Discussion Leader: Andreas Bausch (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:45 amJohn Crocker (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
"During DNA-Colloid Directed Assembly, the Water Tells the Particles Where to Go"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amThomas Witten (University of Chicago, USA)
"Chiral Colloids"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmIvan Smalyukh (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
"Hybrid Molecular-Colloidal Liquid Crystals"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizers: Jennifer Ross (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA) and Sambeeta Das (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBreaking Barriers of Visualization
Discussion Leader: Seth Fraden (Brandeis University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmNaomi Ginsberg (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Probing Light- and Charge-Induced Phase Transitions in Soft Materials at the Nanoscale"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmHaimei Zheng (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
"Tracking Single Nanoparticle Dynamics in Liquids Using Transmission Electron Microscopy"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTopological Soft Materials
Discussion Leader: Jen Schwarz (Syracuse University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amPaul McEuen (Cornell University, USA)
"Hard and Soft Physics with 2D Materials"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amChristian Santangelo (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
"The Folding and Self-Folding of Origami Structures"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmVincenzo Vitelli (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
"Topological Sound and Odd Viscosity in Chiral Active Fluids"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmInspiration from Industry and Biology
Discussion Leader: David Weitz (Harvard University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmThomas Halsey (ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company, USA)
"How Sand Gets to the Bottom of the Ocean: The Sedimentology of Turbidity Currents"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmSebastian Streichan (Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Tissue Flow Genetics: Mapping the Forces that Shape Organs"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmProtein Design, Evolution and Rigidity
Discussion Leader: Daan Frankel (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:45 amRama Ranganathan (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
"Protein Mechanics: The Link Between Structure, Function, and Evolution"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amLucy Colwell (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Using Evolutionary Sequence Variation to Build Predictive Models of Protein Structure and Function"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmJorge Fallas (University of Washington, USA)
"Computational Design of Protein-Based Nanomaterials"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMechanics of Fluids and Solids
Discussion Leader: Sindy Tang (Stanford University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmDetlef Lohse (University of Twente, The Netherlands)
"Surface Nanobubbles and Surface Nanodrops"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:15 pmShmuel Rubinstein (Harvard University, USA)
"Mechanics of Crumpled Sheets"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmBiological Materials
Discussion Leader: Cliff Brangwynne (Princeton University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:45 amKatharina Ribbeck (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Crossing Barriers – Mechanistic Insights from Nature's Hydrogels"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:15 amMartin Lenz (Université Paris-Sud / CNRS, France)
"Slimming Down Through Frustration: Irregular Particles Self-Assemble into Fibrous Aggregates"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:15 pmAlexandra Zidovska (New York University, USA)
"The 'Self-Stirred' Genome: Bulk and Surface Dynamics of the Chromatin Globule"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Future of Soft Matter
Discussion Leader: Michael Brenner (Harvard University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:15 pmPaul Chaikin (New York University, USA)
"Soft Stuff - What We Don't Know and How We Can Measure It"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmShort Talk Selected from Poster Abstracts
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

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