This event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and anyone else interested in soft and living matter, from anywhere.
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The Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs) of Princeton University and the University of Delaware are hosting a one-day symposium to promote early-career researchers in the field of Soft and Living Matter, with a focus on those from under-represented groups.

Organized by: Sujit Datta, Rodney Priestley, Howard Stone (Princeton) and Kimberly Bothi, Thomas Epps, LaShanda Korley (Delaware).
Supported by: NSF MRSEC 2011750 (PCCM) and 2011824 (CHARM); Princeton DFR, PRISM, MAE, CBE, SEAS, DOF, Graduate School.



Agenda. This virtual event will be on Friday, October 15, 2021 and will feature a keynote lecture by Julia Kornfield (Caltech) and presentations from those selected. All times are Eastern Time.
9:45-10 AM: Opening remarks
10 AM-12 PM: Talks from selected speakers on rheology and colloidal soft matter
  • Camille Scalliet, University of Cambridge, How does a deeply supercooled liquid flow close to the glass transition?
  • Crystal Owens, MIT, Quantifying dissolution of cellulose in ionic liquids towards recycling of natural textiles
  • Keturah Bethel, Clemson, Investigating the network structure and transport properties of lignin-based composites
  • 10 min break
  • Rishabh More, Purdue, Unifying disparate rate-dependent rheological regimes in non-Brownian suspensions
  • Héctor Manuel López de la Cerda Ríos, Northwestern, Metallization of colloidal crystals
  • Ahmed Al Harraq, LSU, Magnetic control of short-range attraction vs long-range repulsion
  • 20 min discussion and Q&A
12-1 PM: Keynote lecture by Julia Kornfield (Caltech) + 15 min Q&A
1-2 PM: Break
2-3:15 PM: Talks from selected speakers on biological soft matter
  • Meisam Zaferani, Cornell, Rheological properties of the environment regulate sperm navigation by controlling the rolling component of motility
  • Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan, University of Toronto, Role of cellular rearrangement time on tissue mechanics
  • Kayla Wolf, Harvard, A mode of cell adhesion and migration facilitated by CD44-dependent microtentacles
  • Olga Shishkov, CU Boulder, Internal structure of honey bee swarms
  • 15 min discussion and Q&A
3:15-3:30 PM: Break
3:30-5:15 PM: Talks from selected speakers on polymeric soft matter
  • Santiago Correa, Stanford, Precisely coordinating the power of the immune system through supramolecular soft biomaterials
  • Jordan Shivers, Rice, Strain-induced critical slowing of stress relaxation in disordered networks
  • Shaoting Lin, MIT, Fracture and fatigue of ideal polymer networks
  • Shawn Martey, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Hybrid Chemo-Mechanical Plastics Recycling: Solvent-free, High-speed Reactive Extrusion of Low-Density Polyethylene
  • Yangju Lin, Stanford, Dynamic Enamine-one Bonds Enabled Sustainable Polymeric Materials
  • 30 min discussion and Q&A
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Also, please make sure to attend a similar symposium sponsored by the University of Chicago MRSEC: Rising Stars in Soft and Biological Matter on September 23-24, 2021.