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Soft Condensed Matter Physics (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Materials by Design: Using Active and Meta-Materials to Explore New Physics and Create Customized, Tunable Matter


August 12-13, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Sambeeta Das & Michelle M. Driscoll

Application Deadline

This meeting is currently oversubscribed (full). You may still submit an application. However, it will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Soft Condensed Matter Physics is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other early career scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and ideas and network with other early career researchers.

The focus of this meeting is encourage scientific exchange within the highly interdisciplinary soft matter community. The theme of the meeting is "materials by design"; emphasis will be placed on using soft materials to achieve new functions, or to explore new physics, either via activity or structural design (meta-materials). Additionally, the meeting will offer a career-development session on effective scientific communication for soft matter scientists.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 12, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Soft Condensed Matter Physics" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Active Fluids
Discussion Leader: Sambeeta Das (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmIgor Aronson (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
"Defect Dynamics in Living Liquid Crystals"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmActive and Driven Materials
Discussion Leader: Lauren Zarzar (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmMichal Bogdan (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"Continuum Model of Multicellular Fingering in Cancer Metastasis"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmLinnea Metcalf (Brandeis University, USA)
"Dynamics of 2D Active Nematics"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmIsaac Bruss (University of Michigan, USA)
"Curvature-Induced Microswarming"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmNaomi Oppenheimer (The Simons Foundation, USA)
"Motion of a Hot Particle in Viscous Fluids"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmPranay Mandal (Indian Institute of Science, India)
"Experimental Realization of All-Magnetic Active Matter System"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmSofia Magkiriadou (James Franck Institute, University of Chicago, USA)
"Large-Scale Dynamics of Colloidal Gyrofluids"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDesigning Materials and Exploring Material Failure
Discussion Leader: Nathan Keim (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amMartin Falk (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Collagen-Inspired Self-Assembly of Twisted Filaments"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amSamaneh Rezvani Boroujeni (University of Göttingen, Germany)
"Force Fluctuations of Suspended Cells - Effects of Osmotic Pressure and Motor Inhibition"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amMichael Juniper (The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom)
"Reconstituting Biological Self-Organisation in Confinement"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amItamar Kolvin (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
"Topological Defects Govern Crack Front Motion and Facet Formation on Broken Surfaces"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amMatthias Merkel (Syracuse University, USA)
"A Rigidity Transition and Glassy Dynamics in a Model for Confluent 3D Tissues"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amNidhi Pashine (University of Chicago, USA)
"Auxetic Materials from Disordered Systems"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Communicating Science
Discussion Leader: Michelle Driscoll (New York University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmDario Corradini (Physical Review X, APS Physics, USA)
"The Golden Rule of Scientific Writing: Talk to Your Audience"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"How to Give a Good Science Talk"
  • Michael Brenner (Harvard University, USA)
  • Zvonimir Dogic (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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