15th Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Eight-three people have registered for the meeting, which includes four invited talks and 37 contributed table talks. The meeting should be lots of fun! Its too late to register for the meeting, but its possible to register at the meeting and pay a registration fee of $10.

Coffee, tea, and bagels will be served from 9:00 am to 9:30 am. The first of three sessions begins at 9:30 am. Coffee and tea will be available at all times. The meeting will conclude at approximately 3:00 pm.

Table talk contributors will give short (30 seconds) announcements of their work in the lecture hall. There is no reason to repeat your title. Just stand up at your chair and say in a few words why people should be interested in your results. Each presenter will have a half hour, which they should think of as a poster session. We recommend that a table talk consist of no more than 4-5 slides.

Table talk contributors should make sure that your laptops are fully charged. There are no power outlets to charge laptops during the table talk presentations.

There are two sessions of table talks, each of which is further divided into two 30 minute shifts. Each table talk has been assigned a specific session and shift number, as listed in the schedule. Please sit at the corresponding numbered table to present your table talk. There will be a signal (maybe music) when the second shift of table talks replaces the first. If you are in the second shift, please have your computer and file ready when the signal sounds.

Tentative Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 amBagels, coffee, and tea
9:30 - 11:10 am Session I Bill Klein, Boston University Chair
9:30 - 10:00 am Shmuel Rubinstein Harvard University Furrows in the wake of propagating d- cones
10:00 - 10:10 amThirty-second Announcements of Table Talks
10:10 - 11:10 am Table talks
11:10 am - 12:10 pm Session II Michael Hagan, Brandeis University Chair
11:10 - 11:40 am M. Cristina Marchetti Syracuse University Active nematic liquid crystals
11:40 - 12:10 pm Benjamin DavidovitchUMass AmherstMorphological transitions in confined sheets and shells
12:10 - 1:10 pm Lunch and informal conversations
1:10 - 2:50 pm Session III Aparna Baskaran, Brandeis University Chair
1:10-1:20 pm Thirty-second Announcements of Table Talks
1:20-2:20 pmTable talks
2:20 - 2:50 pm Kirill Korolev Boston University Dynamics of evolutionary innovation in cancer

Table talks

Session I: Part 1

  1. Edyta Malolepsza, Boston University, Generalized ensemble sampling method (gREM) applied to methane clathrate formation.
  2. Shanadeen Begay, Boston University, Thermodynamics and structural function of methionine enkephalin using statistical temperature molecular dynamics and CHARMM.
  3. Solen Ekesan, Brandeis University, Transferable pseudo-classical electrons for Aufbau of atomic ions.
  4. Uttam Bhat, Boston University, Acquaintance dynamics with clustering and finite connectivity.
  5. Fei Chen, Boston University, Viscosity of high molecular weight polymer films under nano-confinement.
  6. Rahul Kulkarni (given by Niraj Kumar), UMass Boston, Exact solutions for models of gene expression with bursting and feedback.
  7. Josè Alvarado, MIT, Molecular motors robustly drive active gels to a critically connected state.
  8. Kristina Streu, Boston College, Stability of stapled p53 peptides bound to MDM2.

Session I: Part 2

  1. Niraj Kumar, UMass, Boston, Determination of burst parameters in gene expression model.
  2. Gabriel Redner, Brandeis University, Simulation study of extensile active nematic liquid crystals.
  3. Lou Colonna-Romano, Clark University, Finite size scaling in the fully connected Ising model.
  4. Jason Perlmutter, Brandeis University, Viral genome structures are optimal for capsid assembly.
  5. Elias Putzig, Brandeis University, Phase separation and emergent structures in an active nematic.
  6. Matthew Perkett, Brandeis University, Using Markov state models to study virus capsid assembly.
  7. Rebecca Perry, Harvard University, Colloidal experiments to determine the role of mass in the classical partition function.
  8. Alexander Isakov, Harvard University, Synchronization regimes in a stochastic multiscale Kuramoto model.

Session III: Part 1

  1. Altan Allawala, Brown University, The steady-state statistics of the Lorenz attractor using a Fokker-Planck approach.
  2. Wanming Qi, Brown University, Statistical equilibria of two-dimensional Euler turbulence on the torus and the sphere.
  3. Nicholas Lubbers, Boston University, An asset exchange model with tunable Pareto index.
  4. Jon Makkinje, Boston University, Asset exchange model with taxation.
  5. Kang Liu, Boston University, Asset exchange model with growth.
  6. James Silva, Boston University, Heterogeneous nucleation in the long-range Ising model.
  7. Sandeep Choubey, Brandeis University, Deciphering transcriptional dynamics in vivo by counting nascent RNA molecules.
  8. Maksim Imakaev, MIT, Polymer models of metaphase chromosome organization.
  9. Pramesh Singh, RPI, External influence and structural balance in social networks.
  10. Javad Noorbakhsh, Boston University, Stochastic excitable systems coupled to an external medium as a model for social amoebae.

Session III: Part 2

  1. Sergey Venev, UMass Medical School, Segment self-repulsion is the major driving force of influenza genome packaging.
  2. Adam Willard, MIT, Inferring the nature of a hydrated substrate from the molecular structure of the adjacent water interface.
  3. Sumantra Sarkar, Brandeis University, Origin of rigidity in dry granular solids.
  4. Lishibanya Mohapatra, Brandeis University, How do cells construct filaments of a specific length?
  5. Tom Stone, Husson University, Consensus problems in Euclidean networks with cost.
  6. Timothy Minghai Li, Clark University, Graph representation of protein free energy landscape based on transition path theory calculation.
  7. John Kolinski, Harvard University, Rapid dynamics at the onset of liquid droplet impact.
  8. Matthew Ludden, University of Maine, Consensus and transitions in a coupled lattice Sznajd model.
  9. Danny Goldstein, Brandeis University, Coupled Brusselators.
  10. Stephen DeCamp, Brandeis University, Characterizing active 2D nematic liquid crystals.
  11. Kaushik Balasubramanian, Brandeis University, Spheroidal swimmers in shear.

There is no registration fee if you registered by the deadline. The cost of the meeting has been subsidized by the following institutions:

The deadline for registration was Tuesday, October 2. If you missed the deadline, you may still attend the meeting, but the cost will be $10, and we cannot guarantee that food will be available. We will collect the registration fee for people who miss the deadline.

The cost of previous meetings was subsidized by the New England Section of the American Physical Society. We thank the New England Section for their prior support and encourage you to join (at no additional charge) the New England Section if you are not already a member.


The meeting will be held on the first floor of the Lemberg Academic Center at Brandeis University, the same as last year. As you enter Brandeis through the main entrance on South Street, drive toward the police booth and then take a left. At the next intersection take a left just after the Admissions building. You will quickly be in the T parking lot, behind the theater. Turn right and drive to the very far end of the lot and park. Walk up the roadway ahead of you and enter the Lemberg Academic Center on your right. Campus map, click on the pdf version. No parking permits are needed. Signs will be posted on the day of the meeting.

The Brandeis/Roberts commuter rail stop is convenient. Buses are also available.


Previous meetings

  1. The first meeting took place on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at Brandeis. We honored the memory of Eugene Gross, a founding member of the physics faculty at Brandeis University and well known researcher in statistical mechanics.
  2. October 14, 2000.
  3. October 20, 2001.
  4. October 19, 2002.
  5. October 18, 2003.
  6. October 16, 2004.
  7. October 22, 2005.
  8. October 21, 2006.
  9. October 13, 2007.
  10. October 18, 2008.
  11. October 10, 2009.
  12. October 9, 2010.
  13. October 15, 2011.
  14. October 6, 2012.

Organizing committee

Please send questions, comments, and corrections to Harvey Gould.

Updated 10 October 2013.