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Active Matter: from Colloids to Living Cells

Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Speaker: Cristina Marchetti, Syracuse


Systems ranging from bird flocks to bacterial suspensions to colloids propelled by self-catalytic reactions are examples of active matter – individually driven, dissipative units that self-organize in collectives with coordinated motion at large scales. In this talk I will highlight common properties of these diverse systems and describe recent progress in understanding and classifying their complex behavior using modeling and simulations.

Hosts: Eric Corwin/Marina Guenza

Time:4:00-5:00pm Location: 100 Willamette


Workshop on Emerging New Physics at the LHC, to be held May 18-20 at the UO

The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, located in Europe and where the UO has a strong presence, will operate in its second run with more energy than ever with a promise of finding new fundamental particles. The first run delivered the long-elusive Higgs boson.

Just what may be the next discovery? That’s the focus of a three-day conference, Emerging New Physics at the LHC, to be held May 18-20 at the UO. Participants will represent 12 institutions, including 17 UO physicists, four from the University of Washington and 11 other scientists.

The workshop, says co-organizer


Eric Corwin’s research on ‘Cracking the Glass Problem’ is featured in a recent ‘Around the O’ article.

Under a new initiative — “Cracking the Glass Problem” — announced by the New York City-based Simons Foundation, Professor of Physics, Eric Corwin will study the material properties of jamming, a process that is directly applicable to what happens to glass.

Corwin uses supercomputing and mathematical models to capture insights about what happens when objects moving freely jam to a standstill. He focuses on their geometric structures as materials transition in and out of a jammed state.

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