Third Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting
Saturday, October 20, 2001
Brandeis University

Approximately 80 people attended the third annual meeting. In addition to the four invited talks, there were 30 contributed talks.

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Please join us on Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Brandeis University to talk and listen to your colleagues in the New England area working in statistical mechanics. The main goal of these meetings is to offer an informal, friendly, and supportive environment where people from a variety of departments and institutions can meet and exchange ideas and where old and new friends can meet. About 85 people attended the second annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics meeting at Brandeis.

There will be coffee and bagels from 9:00 am to 9:30 am and four sessions beginning at 9:30 am. Each session features a 30 minute invited talk, and the first three sessions also include three minute contributed talks in the spirit of the Rutgers statistical mechanics meetings. Viewgraphs can be used to show graphs and other visualizations of results, but the use of viewgraphs to present equations is discouraged. Contributors also are encouraged to post their viewgraphs during the coffee breaks to facilitate discussions. Coffee will be available at all times.


All talks are in Abelson room 131 in the Department of Physics. Signs will be posted.

9:00 am - 9:30 am Bagels, coffee, and tea  
9:30 am - 11:00 amMorning Session IIrwin Oppenheim, MITChair
9:30 am - 10:05 amJané Kondev Brandeis University "Polymer Melting in Two Dimensions"
10:05 am - 11:00 amContributed talks  
11:00 am - 11:30 amCoffee and informal discussions  
11:30 am - 12:30 pmMorning Session IIBob Pelcovits, Brown UniversityChair
11:30 am - 12:05 pm Arshad Kudrolli Clark University "Experiments on cohesive granular matter"
12:05 pm - 12:30 pmContributed talks  
12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch  
1:30 pm - 2:50 pmAfternoon Session IJon Machta, University of Massachusetts, AmherstChair
1:30 pm - 2:15 pmContributed talks  
2:15 pm - 2:50 pmClaudio Chamon Boston University "Aging in quantum and classical short-range spin glasses"
2:50 pm - 3:05 pmCoffee and informal discussions  
3:05 pm - 3:40 pmAfternoon Session IIRoyce Zia, Virginia TechChair
3:05 pm - 3:40 pmMarcelo Gleiser Dartmouth College "Phase Transitions in the Early Universe"

The cost of the meeting will be subsidized by the New England Section of the American Physical Society, and hence there is no registration fee if you register by the deadline. However, it is necessary to register in advance so that sufficient food and refreshments will be available. The deadline for registration is Monday, October 15. If you miss the deadline, you are still welcome to attend the meeting, but the cost will be $10 and we cannot guarantee that foof will be available.. Information about joining the New England Section if you are not already a member will be available at the meeting.

Registration form

Name: E-mail:
Affiliation: Position:
Would you like to be on the e-mail list for announcements of future meetings?
A "make it yourself" sandwich buffet will be available at no charge. Please let us know if you are vegetarian.
Would you like to give a 3-4 minute contributed talk?
If so, please give the title of your talk:

Contributed Talks

Morning Session I

  1. Royce Zia, Virginia Tech, "Renormalization group studies of a bilayer driven lattice gas."
  2. Uwe Tauber, Virginia Tech, "Surprises with anisotropic variants of the KPZ equation."
  3. Beate Schmittmann, Virginia Tech, "Unusual growth dynamics in low-dimensional two-species models."
  4. Oliver Ruebenacker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, "How superfluid density becomes two different quantities in 2D."
  5. Sidney Redner, Boston University, "Some nuggets on the golden ratio random walk."
  6. Nikolay Prokofiev, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Worm algorithms for classical statistical models: critical point of the weakly interacting Bose gas in d = 2,3."
  7. Prabhakar Pradhan, Northeastern University, "Periodic orbit bifurcation and escape rate of chaotic repellers."
  8. Xuenan Li, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Cluster algorithm for path sampling in 1D Ising model."
  9. Jayajit Das, Virginia Tech, "Dynamics of flux lines in presence of columnar defects."
  10. Ivan Georgiev, University of Maine, Orono, "A position-space renormalization-group approach for driven diffusive systems applied to the one-dimensional driven asymmetric chain."
  11. Carmen Gagne, Clark University, "Quantifying nonequilibrium behavior in Ginzburg-Landau models with varying cooling rates."
  12. Ilya Ponomarev, University of Rhode Island, "New type of size effect in the conductivity of quantized metal films."
  13. I. B. Baryakhtar, Tufts University, "Kinetic properties of solitions in integrable systems."
  14. Fred Ellis, Wesleyan University, "Bose condensation involving unconventional ground states."

Morning Session II

  1. Udayan Mohanty, Boston College, "Anomalous migration of oligomeric DNA."
  2. Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Harvard University, "Direct observation of folding transition state ensemble of C-Src SH3 domain in molecular dynamics simulations."
  3. Alois Popp, Harvard University, "Application of a theory for semiflexible polymers: Mechanical properties of actin filaments and networks."
  4. Blas Echebarria, Northeastern University, "Universal spatiotemporal dynamics of cardiac alternans."
  5. Greg Huber, University of Massachusetts, Boston, "Poking membranes and other kinky bilayer action."
  6. Thomas R. Powers, Brown University, "Bacterial flagellar mechanics."

Afternoon Session I

  1. Nalini Easwar, Smith College, "Force fluctuations in 2D granular flow."
  2. Azadeh Samadani, Clark University, "Shocks in sand flowing in a silo."
  3. Jaehyuk Choi, MIT, "Diffusion in granular flow."
  4. Wentao Lu, Northeastern University, "Close-packed dimers on nonorientable surfaces."
  5. Horacio Castillo, Boston University, "A local look at aging in short range spin glasses."
  6. Ahmed Ismail, MIT, "A wavelet-based algorithm for Monte Carlo simulations."
  7. Shomeek Mukhopadhyay, Northeastern University, "Viscoelastic relaxation and effective temperatures in a polymer glass near the glass transition."
  8. Keng-hui Lin, U. of Pennsylvania, "Colloidal interactions in suspensions of rods."
  9. Daniel Blair, Clark University, "Self-assembling chains, rings and droplets in dipolar granular fluids."
  10. Alexandros Pertsinidis, Brown University, "Dislocation dynamics and viscoplastic flow of 2D colloidal crystals."
  11. Vrishali Javeri, University of Maine, Orono, "Low-lying energy states in the Ising spin glass."
Directions to Brandeis. After you enter the campus, you will need to take an alternate route due to construction. As you enter Brandeis through the main entrance on South Street, drive toward the police booth and then take the right fork. Go up the hill and then make the first left. Drive further up the hill and around the biology building until you reach the end of the road. You will now be at the K parking lot adjacent to the Physics building. You can park there or in any free spot along the way. The Physics building is on your left as you enter the parking lot. The building has an observatory on the rooftop and can be seen from reasonably far away. No parking permits are needed.

The first meeting took place on Saturday, October 16, 1999 at Brandeis. We also honored the memory and work of Eugene Gross, a founding member of the physics faculty at Brandeis University and researcher in statistical mechanics.


PDF file

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Organizing committee

Advisory committee

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

Updated 30 May 2002.