Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting

20th Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting

Saturday, October 27, 2018


This year's meeting will be back at Brandeis, in Lemberg Academic Center. Directions are below.

The Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics meeting (GBASM) is a workshop that brings together researchers from the greater Boston area and beyond interested in statistical mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, and related topics for a day of presentations and discussions. The meeting consists of four invited talks, each of length 30 minutes and contributed "table talks". During table talks, each contributor gives a brief announcement (about 30 seconds, no slides) of his/her work in the lecture hall; we then move to an adjacent room where each contributor sits at a table with a laptop or tablet and discusses his/her research with interested participants. We have found that this format eliminates the expense (and time) associated with preparing a poster but provides greater feedback than a short talk. For preparation of a table talk, we recommend preparing slides for a ten minute talk with additional supplementary slides to answer questions.

Coffee, tea, and bagels will be served from 9:00 am to 9:30 am and lunch will be served at approximately 12:00. If you register (click here to register) by Saturday, October 20 coffee, snacks and lunch are free. The first of three sessions begins at 9:30 am. Coffee and tea will be available at all times. The meeting will conclude at approximately 3:00 pm.

Invited Speakers

Tom Keyes, Boston University

Enhanced sampling of phase transitions in water, lipids, and lipid-wrapped nanoparticles, Abstract

Emily Ryan, Boston University

Mesoscopic Phenomena in Electrochemical Systems, Abstract

Shuang Zhou, UMASS Amherst

Living liquid crystals, Abstract

Dapeng (Max) Bi, Northeastern

Fluidity and jamming in epithelial tissues, Abstract

To register, click here. Register by October 20 to receive free food.


The meeting will be held on the first floor of the Lemberg Academic Center at Brandeis University, the same as last year. As you enter Brandeis through the main entrance on South Street, drive toward the police booth and then take a left. At the next intersection take a left just after the Admissions building. You will quickly be in the T parking lot, behind the theater. Turn right and drive to the very far end of the lot and park. Walk up the roadway ahead of you and enter the Lemberg Academic Center on your right. Campus map, click on the pdf version. No parking permits are needed. Signs will be posted on the day of the meeting.

There IS commuter rail service to Brandeis/Roberts on the weekends this fall, and buses are also available.

Financial Support

The cost of this year's GBASM meeting is generously subsidized by:

The Department of Physics, Boston University

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Brandeis University

The Department of Physics, UMass, Amherst

The Department of Chemistry, MIT.

Previous GBASMs