Article by Wijtmans and Manning featured on the cover of Soft Matter

July 2017

An article by Sven Wijtmans and Lisa Manning, titled “Disentangling sound modes and defects in disordered solids,” was selected for the cover for the 34th issue of Soft Matter, published July 27, 2017. This article discusses a new method to isolate localized defects from extended vibrational modes in disordered solids. Read and download this article from the Soft Matter website.

Manning Group members launch Women in Physics group and mentoring program

April 2017

Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan, Preeti Sahu, and Lisa Manning have organized and launched the Women in Physics (WiP) group with the focus of encouraging women to enter the field of physics, and providing female graduate and undergraduate students a support system through professional and social activities. This group is funded by the SU Physics Department, and is open to all interest participants.

The development of the WiP group is the latest in a series of efforts by the Manning group and the Physics department to elevate the role of women in STEM. In January 2016, Lisa co-organized SU’s Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference (CUWiP), presented by the American Physical Society. Read more at

Dr. Sven Wijtmans successfully defends PhD thesis

January 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Sven Wijtmans for successfully defending his PhD thesis. Dr. Wijtmans’ thesis, “Defects and Rearrangements in Disordered Solids,” investigates the properties of disordered materials—glasses, polymers, granular matter, dense colloids, and gels–while under strain, and is available via SURFACE.