MRSEC Workshop




April 28, 2013

10am - 1pm
Location: Discovery Museum in Acton

MRSEC sponsored workshop at the Discovery Museum in Acton
Workshop title: " Indiana Jones and the Temple of Science"
If interested, please contact Melissa-Kosinski Collins :

February 20, 2013

Active Matter Workshop, Feb 20 2013
Brandis Uiversity
Shapiro Science Center , 9am - 7:30 pm
Hosted by: A. Samadani

September 21, 2012

New England Complex Fluid Workshop 

Brandeis University

The next New England Complex Fluids Workshop, hosted by the Brandeis MRSEC, will be held on September 21, 2012. The workshop will feature a panel of researchers from industry exploring the academic / industrial relationship. Additionally, we will have one session of invited academic speakers, plus  two contributed "sound bite" sessions. Please consider submitting your work for an oral presentation.

In addition to taking questions from the floor, the panel will address questions such as  what kind of training and education do industrial labs seek in job applicants? What (scientific) knowledge should applicants possess? experience? skills? creativity? business knowledge? What should the universities do to better prepare students for a career in industry? What opinion do the industrial scientists and managers have on the research being done at universities? And how does research done in industry compare to that done in universities?  How common are collaborations between industry and academic researchers? What makes a successful collaboration? When does industry use academic consultants?

Registration (free) required:

Registration deadline: 8am, September 19, 2012

    Seth Fraden

52nd New England Complex Fluids Workshop
Shapiro Campus Center
Brandeis University
September 21, 2012


Registration & Coffee: 9:00 - 9:30 AM
Shapiro Campus Center, Room 236.
Sponsored by the Brandeis University MRSEC

1 Talk: 9:30 PM - 10:10 AM  (30 mins + 10 disc)
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Michael Aizenberg, Wyss Institute, Harvard
Responsive Gel-Based Dynamic Materials

Sound Bites: 10:15 AM - 11 AM
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Five minute updates of current research

Coffee: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Shapiro Center, Room 236

Panel: 11:30 - 1:00 PM
Shapiro Center, Room 236
             Industry / Academic relations
Rick Jacubinas (BASF), Darren Link (Raindance), Ian Morrison (Harvard)
Chris Harrison (Schlumberger)

Lunch: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Shapiro Center, Room 236

1 Talk: 2:00 PM - 2:40 PM  (30 mins + 10 disc)
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Shekhar Garde, Chem & Bio Eng, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Hydration Phenomena at the Interface of Physics and Biology

Sound Bites: 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Shapiro Campus Center Theater
            Five minute updates of current research

Coffee: 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Shapiro Center, Room 236


September 23,2011

48th New England Complex Fluids Workshop

Brandeis University
Shapiro Student Center
September 23, 2011
9am - 5pm

Register at the complex fluids website:
If you would like to present a 5 minute sound-bite, submit your talk title and abstract when you register for the meeting. Additional information such as maps, directions, schedule and a list of registered attendees is available at the site as well.

Invited Speakers:

Krystyn Van Vliet, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT
Chemomechanics of responsive gels

Jeremy England, Physics, MIT
Shape Shifting: the statistical physics of protein conformational change

Francis Starr, Physics, Physics, Wesleyan College
DNA-linked Nanoparticle Assemblies

Jennifer Ross, Physics, UMass Amherst
Controlling Microtubules Through Severing


July 13, 2011

BZBootcamp Workshop
Brandeis University

The "BZ Bootcamp" was attended by the various groups at Brandeis that are interested in working together on aspects of the dynamics of non-linear chemical reactions. Participants came from the groups of professors Miller (neuroscience), Pollack (computer science), Epstein (chemistry), Xu (chemistry), Fraden (physics), Chakraborty (physics), Baskaran (physics), Hagan (physics). The BZ Bootcamp was designed to bring us all together to listen to talks on non-linear dynamics from the different perspectives of the wide range of disciplines represented in our research group, to acquire a common set of experiences in the lab and with numerical and theoretical modeling, and to eat and drink together at the end of a pleasurable summer day!

Many of these Brandeis theorists have hardly ever touched a chemical in their lives and as part of the day's activities Milos Dolnik led us on a 2 hour hands-on exercise using the quintessential non-linear oscillating chemical system, the Belousov - Zhabotinsky reaction. On the other hand, many of the experimentalists have little experience with the analytic theory and numerical methods used to model the BZ reactions. So another part of the day's activities was a 2 hour Matlab session with tutorials and hands-on exercises led by Tamas Bansagi, Mike Giver, Ning Li and Nate Tompkins to complement the lab session.


May 18-21, 2009

"Soft Active Materials: From Granular Rods to Flocks, Cells, and Tissues"
Syracuse University

The Workshop aims to bring together junior and senior researchers working on the emergent properties of soft active matter. It will focus on nonequilibrium collective behavior and locomotion in active systems, including mixtures of cytoskeletal filaments and motor proteins, the cell cytoskeleton, bacteria colonies, collections of cells in elastic matrices or living tissues, plankton in the ocean, insects or animal groups, and vibrated granular layers. By bringing together researchers from a variety of disciplines we hope to stimulate new interactions and ideas in this rapidly evolving field.