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Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

SLAAM seminars

The UC Merced Physics department and the CCBM are proud to bring to you a seminar series exclusively by postdocs from different institutions on Soft, Living, Active and Adaptive Matter (SLAAM).  The series aims to promote inclusion by providing a forum for a diverse set of stellar speakers early in their careers and opportunities for faculty and graduate students to interact with them.  Unless otherwise noted, SLAAM seminars will be held every other Monday, starting at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (11 am Central, 12 noon Eastern). 

Each talk will be about 40 minutes with plenty of time for questions and discussion. The talks will be recorded with the speaker's consent and recordings of past talks can be found below on this page.

URL: https://ucmerced.zoom.us/j/92693607475 

Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Please sign up at this form to be included in the mailing list where talk announcements and zoom passcodes will be sent. Postdocs should indicate their interest in presenting through this form.

UC Merced Physics Department and CCBM members and affiliates will receive announcements by default.

Organizers
Faculty and postdocs: Kinjal Dasbiswas, Daniel Beller, Suraj Shankar
Graduate students: Niranjan Sarpangala, Madhuvanthi Athani, Fereshteh Memarian, Abhinav Kumar, Jane B. Garcia, Patrick Noerr

Spring 2023

Jan 30 Andriy Goychuk (MIT)
Folding patterns in heterogeneous active polymers
[flyer]
Feb 13

Yongtian Luo (Johns Hopkins)

 

Fall 2022

Sep 12

 

Krishna Shrinivas (Harvard)
The Many Phases of a Cell
[flyer] [recording]
Sep 26

 

Guang Shi (UIUC)
Data-driven reconstruction of 3D genome from experimental data
[flyer] [recording]
Oct 10

 

Yimin Luo (UCSB)
Programming structural transitions in soft matter: physics and data driven approaches
[flyer] [recording]
Oct 24

 

Miguel Ruiz-García (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
Bioinspired flow networks: Excitability, self-sustained oscillations and a fluidic memristor
[flyer]
Nov 7

 

Noah Mitchell (UCSB)
How biology uses physics to sculpt an inner organ
[flyer][recording]
Nov 21

 

Yuqing Qiu (U Chicago)
Thermodynamic control of organization and self-assembly of cytoskeletal networks far away from equilibrium
[flyer][recording]
Dec 5 Varda Hagh (U Chicago)
Systematic manipulation of disorder for extraordinary functionality in materials
[flyer][recording[

 

Summer 2022

Jun 6

 

Ido Levin (University of Washington)
New prospects in shape morphing sheets: unexplored pathways, 4D printing, and autonomous actuation
[flyer] [recording]
Jun 20

 

Leroy Jia  (Flatiron Institute)
Membrane mechanics meet minimal manifolds
[flyer] [recording]
July 18

 

Peter Foster (Brandeis University)
Active mechanics of sea star oocytes
[flyer]
Aug 1

 

Chrisy Xiyu Du (Harvard University)
Magnetic Handshake Materials
[flyer] [recording]
Aug 15

 

Alexander Mietke (MIT) 
Odd dynamics of living chiral crystals
[flyer] [recording]
Aug 29

 

Kalpana Mandal (Terasaki Institute)
Oxygen-releasing microparticles improve cardiomyocyte contractility under hypoxia
[flyer]

 

Spring 2022

Jan 31

 

Mike Norton (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Towards model-based control of active matter: active nematics and oscillator networks
[flyer] [recording]
Feb 28

 

Caleb Wagner (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Exact coherent structures and transition to turbulence in a confined active nematic
[flyer] [recording]
Mar 7

 

Anna Lappala (Harvard University] 
4D Chromosome Organization: Combining Polymer Physics, Knot Theory and High Performance Computing
[flyer] [recording]
Mar 28

 

Eldad Afik (California Institute of Technology)
Intrinsic Rhythms in a Giant Single-Celled Organism and the Interplay with Time-Dependent Drive, Explored via Self-Organized Macroscopic Waves
[flyer] [recording]
Apr 4

 

Jonathan Michel (Rochester Institute of Technology)
Making a Mesh of Things: Using Network Models to Understand the Mechanics of Heterogeneous Tissues
[flyer] [recording]
Apr 11

 

Eduardo Vitral (University of Nevada, Reno)
Better energies for low-dimensional elastic systems under combined bending and stretching
[flyer] [recording]
Apr 25

 

Haicen Yue (Emory University)
Non-regular behavior during the coalescence of liquid-like cellular aggregates
[flyer] [recording]
May 9

 

Erin Teich (University of Pennsylvania)
Crystallinity characterization of white matter in the human brain
[flyer] [recording]
May 23
 
Vikrant Yadav (Yale University)
The Equation of State of a Tissue
[flyer] [recording]

 

Fall 2021

Aug 30 Zhihong You (UC Santa Barbara)
Theory of activity-powered interfaces
[flyer] [recording]
Sep 13 Ed Banigan (MIT)
How polymer-loop-extruding motors shape chromosomes
[flyer] [recording]
Sep 27 Severine Atis (University of Chicago)
Growing in flows: from evolutionary dynamics to microbial jets
[flyer] [recording]
Oct 11 Fabian Jan Schwarzendahl (Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf)
Mutation induced infection waves in diseases like COVID-19
[flyer] [recording]
Oct 25 Hannah Yevick (MIT)
Making connections: how epithelial tissues guarantee folding
[flyer] [recording]
Nov 8 Anton Peshkov (Rochester)
Metachronal waves in swarms of nematode Turbatrix aceti
[flyer] [recording]
Nov 22 Navish Wadhwa (Harvard)
Mechano-adaptation in a large protein complex
[flyer] [recording]
Dec 6 Weikang Wang (Pittsburgh)
Reconstruct cellular dynamics from single cell data
[flyer] [recording]

 

 

Summer 2021

May 24 Brian Chang (Clark University)
The life of a mucosalivary droplet: Lessons from synthetic breaths and sneezes 
[flyer] [recording]
Jun 7 Suraj Shankar (Harvard University)
Flocking through complex environments
[flyer] [recording]
Jun 21 Tapomoy Bhattacharjee (Princeton University)
3D Printing Cellular Communities: Mammalian Cells, Bacteria, And Beyond
[flyer] [recording]
Jul 19 Olga Shishkov (University of Colorado Boulder)
Internal structure of honey bee swarms for mechanical stability and division of labor
[flyer]
Aug 2 Sulimon Sattari (Hokkaido University)
Do leader cells drive collective behavior in Dictyostelium Discoideum amoeba colonies?
[flyer] [recording]
Aug 16 Mehdi Molaei (University of Chicago)
Flow singularities in soft materials: from thermal motion to active molecular stresses
[flyer] [recording]

 

Spring 2021

Feb 1 Katherine Copenhagen (Princeton University)
Topological defects promote layer formation in bacterial colonies
[flyer] [recording]
Feb 15 Salem Al Mosleh (Harvard University)
The finch beak: growth, form and function
[flyer] [recording]
Mar 1 Handuo Shi (Stanford University)
Chiral twisting in a bacterial cytoskeletal polymer affects filament size and orientation
[flyer] [recording]
Mar 29 Stewart Mallory (Caltech)
Phase Behavior and Self-Assembly of Active Colloids
[flyer] [recording]
Apr 12 Danilo B. Liarte (Cornell University)
Geometry, topology and soft matter: Emerging complex behavior of matter with disorder
[flyer] [recording]
Apr 26 Alexandra Tayar (UC Santa Barbara)
Liquid-liquid phase separation out of equilibrium
[flyer] [recording]
May 10 Ritu Raman (MIT)
Light-degradable hydrogels as dynamic triggers for implantable devices
[flyer] [recording]