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Physics of Information Processing in Living Systems

Physics Colloquium, Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Speaker: Yuhai Tu, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


Living organisms need to obtain and process information that are crucial for their survival. These information processes, ranging from signal transduction in a single cell to image processing in the human brain, are performed by biological circuits (networks). However, these biochemical or neural circuits are inherently noisy. Yet, certain accuracy is required to carry out proper biological functions. How do biological networks process information accurately and efficiently? What is


UO team leads 3.6M$ Templeton award

Congratulations to Mike Raymer and Andy Marcus (Chemistry), who are co-Directors of a project entitled “Quantum Simulators of Complex Molecular Networks” which has received a 3.6M$ award from the John Templeton Foundation. The project is to support approximately 20 grant-supported researchers from UO, Harvard, Oxford, and Ulm.

Robert Schofield’s research with leafcutter ants featured in a recent ‘Around the O’ article.

Research Assistant Professor of Physics, Robert Schofield’s studies centering on the complex societies and division of labor of Leafcutter ants is featured in ‘Around the O.’ “Studying them not only leads to ways to reduce the damages they and their often-massive nests cause but also provides nature-based insights that could prove helpful to efforts to manufacture tiny machines and tools.” You can read the full article here: