This past spring semester I decided to apply for the Summer Scholars program at Tufts as a means to continue my research with the Tufts Soft Matter Theory group. It was my hope to spend the summer working on a model of motor proteins and microtubules constrained to the surface of a flexible sphere. […]
Group member Andrew DeBenedictis has been selected by the Tufts University GSAS (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) Dean’s Office to pilot the Graduate Summer Scholar program. In this role, Andrew is serving as a mentor to group undergraduate Summer Scholar Ian Hunter, whose summer project is titled “Active nematics on deformable surfaces”. This is […]
Tim Atherton, PI of the soft matter theory group, today gave a public talk as part of the “Pint of Science” festival here in Boston. Entitled “Ice Cream, Soap and TVs: The Science of Soft Materials”, the talk focussed on how inside everyday things such as soaps, food products, mayonnaise, liquid crystal displays—referred to […]
Group member Chris Burke recently participated in Tufts University’s annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. This symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to present their research to a wide audience of students and professors from various disciplines. Throughout the day students present their work in a variety of formats, including 10-minute talks, condensed 3-minute talks, […]
The Research Corporation for Science Advancement today announced that Tim Atherton would receive the prestigious Cottrell Scholarship. Atherton was one of fifteen physics and chemistry early-career faculty nationwide to receive this honor, which is presented to faculty who excel at both research and teaching. RCSA interim president Jack Pladziewicz noted that “funding goes to […]
A signature component of Tim Atherton’s introductory classes for several years now has been the incorporation of Digital Storytelling video projects. Students in my General Physics II class at Tufts were asked, as a semester long project, to collaboratively create a short YouTube video explaining a topic within the scope of the class to a high school audience. […]
NEW.Mech was a first for many things. For me it was my first conference, my first poster presentation, and first real event as an undergraduate in physics. The work for the conference started long before the conference itself, with my own research work. In the weeks leading up to NEW.Mech, I spent many hours writing […]
For the past three weeks I’ve been taking part in Tufts’ Graduate Institute for Teaching (GIFT). GIFT is a two part program for graduate students that focuses on their professional development as educators. The first part, which I’ve just completed, is a series of workshops on a variety of topics integral to teaching including […]
In this paper, we study the evolution of defects on a deforming, curved interface endowed with liquid crystalline order.
Two nematic shells brought in contact coalesce in order to reduce their interfacial tension. We study the defect textures as the combined shell shape evolves. Using large scale computer simulations, we resolve the director field and […]
It was with great pleasure that I went to Chelsea High School today to be a judge for their annual science fair. I was invited by a former student, Nora Paul-Schultz who’s teaching at the school and took my Modern Physics class a couple of years ago.
I was very impressed by the high standard […]
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