More than 30 educators from across the United States attended the inaugural “Building Authentic Partnerships” workshop on June 25-26, 2018. This workshop, held at UC-Irvine and sponsored by grants from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement and NSF, was designed to inspire new and creative partnerships between minority-serving institutions and primarily white institutions. Organizers are currently reviewing applications for $20,000 in seed funding to support such partnerships. More information about the workshop is available here.
Postdoctoral associate Daniel Sussman was selected as a finalist for the postdoctoral speaker award by the APS Group for Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP). He presented his work on anomalous interfacial tension in simple models of confluent cells in a special award session at the APS March Meeting in Los Angeles.
An article by postdoc Matthias Merkel and Lisa Manning was published in the New Journal of Physics as a Fast Track Communication. In this article, we develop a model for confluent 3D tissues and study a solid-fluid transition that is controlled by a minimal surface of 3D cellular packings.
Our article “Cell volume changes contribute to epithelial morphogenesis in zebrafish Kupffer’s vesicle” was published in the Journal eLife. This work results from our ongoing collaboration with the Jeff Amack lab (Upstate Medical, Syracuse) and involved group members Matthias Merkel, Jonathan Dawson, and Lisa Manning.
Matthias Merkel, postdoc in the Manning group, has received the Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society on June 15 in Saarbrücken, Germany. The price was awarded for his dissertation on epithelial remodeling and polarity reorientation.
The Manning Group will be represented at the APS March Meeting in Baltimore by postdoc Matthias Merkel, graduate students Sven Witjmans, Giuseppe Passucci, Michael Czajkowski and Adam Patch and undergraduate Kassidy Lundy. The schedule for these talks is as follows:
- Name | Session Number | Time & Date | Room
- Matthias Merkel | B39 | Monday 11:15am | 342
- Giuseppe Passucci | E39 | Tuesday 8:36am | 342
- Michael Czajkowski | R35 | Thursday 9:48am | 338
- Adam Patch | R35 | Thursday 8:12am | 338
- Kassidy Lundy | C39 | Monday 3:30pm | 342