The Syracuse Museum of Science and Technology (the MoST) produces a “science minute” video every couple months describing a connection between science and our daily lives. This month’s video features Michael Czajkowski explaining a bit about the physics of bottle flipping. You can watch the video here:
Postdoctoral associate Matthias Merkel was awarded the postdoctoral speaker award by the APS Group for Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (GSNP). He presented his work on a rigidity transition in three-dimensional confluent tissues in a dedicated award session at the APS March Meeting in New Orelans.
Congratulations to postdoctoral associate Matthias Merkel, who was selected as a finalist for the APS Group for Nonlinear and Statistical Physics (GSNP) postdoctoral speaker award. He is one of five finalists who will be giving a talk in the special award session at the APS March meeting in New Orleans.
Welcome to new postdoctoral associate Dr. Gonca Erdemci-Tandogan, who joins us from UC Riverside!
Dr. Daniel Sussman, an expert on polymers, kiragami, and other aspects of soft matter physics has arrived at Syracuse University as a joint postdoc between the Marchetti, Schwarz, and Manning groups. He will be studying the mechanical properties of biological tissues, among other things. Welcome Daniel!
Congratulations to group member Preeti Sahu, who just passed her qualifying exam!
Postdoctoral associate Peter Morse joined the Manning group this August, as part of the Simons Collaboration for Cracking the glass problem. Welcome Peter!
“We made what I would consider a ridiculously strict prediction: When that number is equal to 3.81 or below, the tissue is a solid, and when that number is above 3.81, that tissue is a fluid,” Manning said. “I asked Jeff Fredberg to go look at this, and he did, and it worked perfectly.”
Fredberg saw that lung cells with a shape index above 3.81 started to mobilize and squeeze past each other. Manning’s prediction “came out of pure theory, pure thought,” he said. “It’s really an astounding validation of a physical theory.”
Manning, Marchetti and Schwarz were recently awarded a grant from the NSF to study the mechanical behavior of cancer tumors. More information can be found here: