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Physics Program presents

Soft Matter: From Grains to Cells

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A lecture by
Kerstin Nordstrom
Candidate for the position in Physics

I will present recent work on two systems we have studied in our lab: granular materials and epithelial cell sheets. At first blush, these systems seem completely different. But blur your eyes a bit, and you start to see the similarities: They are both dense collections of particles. The systems' discreteness and density beget the emergence of the same cooperative and frustrated dynamics, even though the particles and interactions in each system are different. For both studies, we introduce novel experimental techniques and collective motion metrics. We also compare and contrast the collective behavior of inanimate and living systems.

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium