19th Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 2017

This year's meeting will be held at MIT, in Building 2-190. A map to the venue is here

For information about nearby parking facilities, see herePublic parking will be very limited due to the Head of the Charles event.   MIT is conveniently located near the Kendall Square Red Line stop.  We strongly recommend public transit!

The meeting program can be found here

A list of registered participants can be found here

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 Sunday, October 15 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

Ariel Amir, Harvard University

How does single cell variability affect population growth?  Abstract

Mehran Kardar, MIT

Polymers near scale-free boundaries: Forces and phase transitions.  Abstract

Jennifer Ross, UMASS Amherst

Weak, Transient Interactions Cause Strong Coupled Effects.  Abstract

Jorn Dunkel, MIT

Geometric control of microbial fluids: from bacterial spin lattices to active matter logic.   Abstract

To register, click here. Register by October 12 to receive free food.


This year's meeting will be held at MIT, in Building 2-190. A map to the venue is hereFor information about nearby parking facilities, see here

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

Michael Hagan,
Oct 28, 2016, 2:15 PM
Michael Hagan,
Oct 20, 2017, 1:33 PM
Michael Hagan,
Oct 17, 2017, 8:21 AM
Steven Karel,
Oct 28, 2016, 6:37 AM