Third Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting
Saturday, October 20, 2001
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 am||Morning Session I||Irwin Oppenheim, MIT||Chair|
|9:30 am - 10:05 am||Jané Kondev ||Brandeis University ||"Polymer Melting in Two Dimensions"|
|10:05 am - 11:00 am||Contributed talks|| || |
|11:00 am - 11:30 am||Coffee and informal discussions|| || |
|11:30 am - 12:30 pm||Morning Session II||Bob Pelcovits, Brown University||Chair|
|11:30 am - 12:05 pm ||Arshad Kudrolli ||Clark University ||"Experiments on cohesive granular matter"|
|12:05 pm - 12:30 pm||Contributed talks|| || |
|12:30 pm - 1:30 pm||Lunch|| || |
|1:30 pm - 2:50 pm||Afternoon Session I||Jon Machta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst||Chair|
|1:30 pm - 2:15 pm||Contributed talks|| || |
|2:15 pm - 2:50 pm||Claudio Chamon ||Boston University ||"Aging in quantum and classical short-range spin glasses"|
|2:50 pm - 3:05 pm||Coffee and informal discussions|| || |
|3:05 pm - 3:40 pm||Afternoon Session II||Royce Zia, Virginia Tech||Chair|
|3:05 pm - 3:40 pm||Marcelo Gleiser ||Dartmouth College ||"Phase Transitions in the
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.
- Royce Zia, Virginia Tech, "Renormalization group studies of a bilayer driven
- Uwe Tauber, Virginia Tech, "Surprises with anisotropic variants of the KPZ
- Beate Schmittmann, Virginia Tech, "Unusual growth dynamics in low-dimensional
- Oliver Ruebenacker, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, "How superfluid
density becomes two different quantities in 2D."
- Sidney Redner, Boston University, "Some nuggets on the golden ratio random
- Nikolay Prokofiev, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Worm algorithms for
classical statistical models: critical point of the weakly interacting Bose
gas in d = 2,3."
- Prabhakar Pradhan, Northeastern University, "Periodic orbit bifurcation and
escape rate of chaotic repellers."
- Xuenan Li, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, "Cluster algorithm for path
sampling in 1D Ising model."
- Jayajit Das, Virginia Tech, "Dynamics of flux lines in presence of columnar
- Ivan Georgiev, University of Maine, Orono, "A position-space
renormalization-group approach for driven diffusive systems applied to the
one-dimensional driven asymmetric chain."
- Carmen Gagne, Clark University, "Quantifying nonequilibrium behavior in
Ginzburg-Landau models with varying cooling rates."
- Ilya Ponomarev, University of Rhode Island, "New type of size effect in
the conductivity of
quantized metal films."
I. B. Baryakhtar, Tufts University, "Kinetic properties of solitions in integrable systems."
- Fred Ellis, Wesleyan University, "Bose condensation involving unconventional
- Udayan Mohanty, Boston College, "Anomalous migration of oligomeric DNA."
- Nikolay V. Dokholyan, Harvard University, "Direct observation of folding
transition state ensemble of
C-Src SH3 domain in molecular dynamics simulations."
- Alois Popp, Harvard University, "Application of a theory for semiflexible
polymers: Mechanical properties of actin filaments and networks."
- Blas Echebarria, Northeastern University, "Universal spatiotemporal dynamics
of cardiac alternans."
- Greg Huber, University of Massachusetts, Boston, "Poking membranes and other
kinky bilayer action."
- Thomas R. Powers, Brown University, "Bacterial flagellar mechanics."
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
- Nalini Easwar, Smith College, "Force fluctuations in 2D granular flow."
- Azadeh Samadani, Clark University, "Shocks in sand flowing in a silo."
- Jaehyuk Choi, MIT, "Diffusion in granular flow."
- Wentao Lu, Northeastern University, "Close-packed dimers on nonorientable
- Horacio Castillo, Boston University, "A local look at aging in short range
- Ahmed Ismail, MIT, "A wavelet-based algorithm for Monte Carlo simulations."
- Shomeek Mukhopadhyay, Northeastern University, "Viscoelastic relaxation and
effective temperatures in a polymer glass near the glass transition."
- Keng-hui Lin, U. of Pennsylvania, "Colloidal interactions in suspensions of
- Daniel Blair, Clark University, "Self-assembling chains, rings and droplets in
dipolar granular fluids."
- Alexandros Pertsinidis, Brown University, "Dislocation dynamics and
viscoplastic flow of 2D colloidal crystals."
- Vrishali Javeri, University of Maine, Orono, "Low-lying energy states in the
Ising spin glass."
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
- Fall meeting of
the New England Section of the APS/AAPT, Keene State
College, November 2-3, 2001. The theme of the
conference is the Confluence of Chemistry and Physics, with talks on
condensed matter, surface science, applied and physical chemistry, thin
films, nanotechnology, and cross-disciplinary education.
- 86th Statistical Mechanics Conference, Rutgers University, December 16-18, 2001.
Please print this pdf file and post it where others can see it.
- Paul Martin, Susan McKay, Irwin Oppenheim, David Weitz, Po-zen Wong, Sid Yip
Please send questions, comments, and corrections to Harvey Gould, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 30 May 2002.