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.

Merkel selected as finalist for GSNP speaker award

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.

Manning group welcomes Daniel Sussman

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!