APS March Meeting recap

Laissez les bonnes physiques rouler.

March Meeting 2017 was fun not only because it was in New Orleans, but because the sessions were interesting and diverse. When not hearing about the Physics of the Cytoskeleton or Cell and Tissue Mechanics, I was drinking chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde or eating a delicious vegan poboy at Seed.

Talks of particular interest to me were:

Itai Cohen – Once again, Itai makes the list. Not only does he provide an entertaining talk, but he addressed the issue of friction in colloidal systems that I have mentioned previously. More specifically, he discussed how two particles don’t have to come into contact in order to “feel” one another.

Farzan Beroz – The extracellular matrix is a heterogeneous place. Farzan talked about quantifying the spatially varying stiffness of a collagen network by modeling deformations from 3D confocal images. The arXiv paper can be found here.

Margaret Gardel – Among many things, the ability to achieve an active nematic, similar to Zvonomir Dogic’s lab, with a contractile system stood out.