Since he joined the Boston University Physics Department, Sid Redner has been a leader in applying methods of statistical mechanics to problems as diverse as economics, voter consensus, and citations of scientific articles. He has over 200 publications in refereed journals and has written two texts on statistical mechanics. In addition, he has served as Chair of the APS Topical Group in Statistical and Nonlinear Physics, has been Associate and Acting Chair, and most recently Chair of the Physics Department. After 36 years at Boston University, Sid is embarking on a new path at the Santa Fe Institute. To celebrate Sid's contributions to both statistical physics and Boston University, we will be holding a meeting in his honor.
The meeting will be held at the Photonics Center, Room 906, on Saturday, May 10, Directions to 8 Saint Mary's St., and in the Metcalf Science Center, Room 109 on Sunday, May 11, Directions to 590 Commonwealth Avenue.
The registration fee is $30 for both Saturday and Sunday or $20 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday. The registration fee for students, post-docs, and retirees is $10 for both days. Registration includes the cost of coffee/tea and lunch.
The cost of the Saturday evening banquet is $50 ($35 for students and post-docs). The banquet will be held on the 9th floor in the Management Building, 595 Commonwealth Ave., which is just across the street from the Metcalf Center.
The deadline for registration and purchasing banquet tickets was Monday, May 5.
|8:00 - 9:00 am||Continental Breakfast and Registration|
|9:00 - 10:30 am||Michael El-Batanouny, Boston University, Chair||Session I|
|9:00 - 9:30 am||David Nelson, Harvard University||“Population genetics of three-dimensional range expansions,” abstract|
|9:30 am-10:00 am||Peter Reynolds, Army Research Office||“Chemistry, electronics, lattice models and more - in thin air: A story about optical lattices,” abstract|
|10:00 am-10:30 am||Paul Krapivsky,, Boston University||“A kinetic view of statistical physics,” abstract|
|10:30 am-10:50 am||Coffee Break|
|10:50 am-12:50 pm||David Campbell, Boston University, Chair||Session II|
|10:50 am-11:20 am||H. Eugene Stanley, Boston University||“Switching without switches and the fragility of interdependency, with applications to failure cascades in biomedical physics and economics,” abstract|
|11:20 am-11:50 am||Wonmuk Hwang, Texas A & M||“Orientational linear epitaxy in theory and in practice,” abstract|
|11:50 am-12:20 pm||Francois Leyvraz, UNAM||“Scaling theory for gelation: A long standing riddle,” abstract|
|12:20 pm-12:50 pm||Jon Machta, UMass Amherst||“Population annealing: A new algorithm for equilibrating spin glasses,” abstract|
|12:50 pm-2:20 pm||Lunch and Posters|
|2:20 pm-3:50 pm||Karl Ludwig, Boston University, Chair||Session III|
|2:20 pm-2:50 pm||Eli Ben-Naim, LANL||“Kinetics of Brownian maxima,” abstract|
|2:50 pm-3:20 pm||Gabriel Redner, Brandeis University||“Phase behavior of active colloids”|
|3:20 pm-3:50 pm||Charles Doering, University of Michigan||“Features of fast living: On the weak selection for longevity in degenerate birth-death processes,” abstract|
|3:50 pm-4:10 pm||Coffee Break|
|4:10 pm-5:40 pm||Rama Bansil, Chair||Session IV|
|4:10 pm-4:40 pm||Mauro Mobilia, University of Leeds||“Zealotry, persuasion and polarization in voter models,” abstract|
|4:40 pm-5:10 pm||Kipton Barros, LANL||“Coarsening dynamics in Ising ferromagnets and a connection to critical percolation,” abstract|
|5:10 pm-5:40 pm||Bill Klein, Boston University||“The relation between economic growth and economic equality,” abstract|
|6:30 pm||Banquet||9th Floor, Management Building|
Because the number of invited speakers is limited, participants are encouraged to give a poster during the poster session on Saturday. To give a poster, please send an email with the title of your poster to Harvey Gould.
|9:00 am-10:00 am||Continental Breakfast and Registration|
|10:00 am-12:30 pm||Harvey Gould, Chair||Session V|
|10:00 am-10:30 am||Daniel ben-Avraham, Clarkson University||“Spatially distributed social complex networks,” abstract|
|10:30 am-11:00 am||Tibor Antal, Edinburgh University||“Multitype branching processes with biological applications,” abstract|
|11:00 am-11:30 am||Joachim Krug, University of Cologne||“Accessibility percolation,” abstract|
|11:30 am-12:00 pm||Ganpathy Murthy, University of Kentucky,||“Composite Fermions for Chern bands,” abstract|
|12:00 pm-12:30 pm||Antonio Coniglio, University of Naples||“Cluster approach to glassy dynamics with continuously broken ergodicity,” abstract|
|12:30 pm-1:30 pm||Lunch|
Parking is available in the basement of the Management building, 595 Commonwealth, directly across the street from the Metcalf Science Center. Free parking is available in the Management Building for participants planning to go to the banquet. The Management building is a two block walk to the Photonics Center, the site of the meeting on Saturday. It is possible to park on the street without difficulty, especially on Bay State Rd., but the meters are limited to four hours. Directions to Management Building.
Please book by April 15 to receive the symposium rate at either hotel.
Please send questions and corrections to Harvey Gould, email@example.com.
The symposium is sponsored by Boston University, Department of Physics.Updated 9 May 2014.