Virtual Polymer Physics Symposium

July 29 (Wed), 4:30 PM UTC
Whitney Loo


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Event Information

The Virtual Polymer Physics Symposium aims to bring together graduate students and postdocs studying polymer physics. The symposium will include a Mentorship Panel, Dispersity and Diversity Discussion Hour, oral presentations from attendees and informal networking sessions split over the course of two days. Registration is free.

Full Meeting Agenda: PDF version here

Tuesday July 28th

8:00-9:30 AM PDT: Mentorship Panel, "Becoming an Interdisciplinary Leader in Polymer Physics"

  • Debra Audus, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Russell Composto, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nathaniel Lynd, University of Texas Austin
  • Michelle Sing, Braskem USA

9:30-9:40 AM PDT: Break

9:40-11:00 AM PDT:Oral Presentations and Discussion: Stimuli-Responsive and Electrochemical Polymers: Elayne Thomas and Brandon Peters

  • 9:40 AM: Alexa Kuenstler, UMass Amherst
  • 10:00 AM: Matthew Grasinger, AFRL
  • 10:20 AM: Liliana Bello Fernandez, UIUC
  • 10:40 AM: Wes Michaels, Stanford University

11:00-11:20 AM PDT: Networking Break via Zoom

11:20 AM - 1:00 PM PDT: Oral Presentations and Discussion: Block Copolymer Self-Assembly and Scattering Techniques: Peter Beaucage and Greg Su

  • 11:20 AM: Aaron Lindsay, University of Minnesota
  • 11:40 AM: Liwen Chen, RPI
  • 12:00 PM: Cody Bezik, University of Chicago
  • 12:20 PM: Ben Yavitt, Stony Brook University
  • 12:40 PM: Thomas Ferron, NIST

Wednesday July 29th

8:00-9:30 AM PDT: Dispersity and Diversity Discussion Hour: Melody Morris, Alexa Kuenstler, Ben Yavitt

9:30-9:40 AM PDT: Break

9:40-11:00 AM PDT:Oral Presentations and Discussion: Polymer Dynamics: Melody Morris and Renxuan Xie

  • 9:40 AM: Laura E. Porath, UIUC
  • 10:00 AM: Dongie Chen, Texas Tech
  • 10:20 AM: Veronica Reynolds, UCSB
  • 10:40 AM: Christian Aponte, Duke University

11:00-11:20 AM PDT: Networking Break via Zoom

11:20 AM - 1:00 PM PDT: Oral Presentations and Discussion: Next-Generation Computational Techniques and Polymer Nanocomposites: Connor Bilchak and Thomas O'Connor

  • 11:20 AM: Kevin Shen, My Nguyen, Nick Scherck, UCSB
  • 11:40 AM: Tzyy-Shyang Lin, MIT
  • 12:00 PM: Emily Lin, UPenn
  • 12:20 PM: Arjita Kulshreshtha, University of Delaware
  • 12:40 PM: Katie Rose, UPenn

Dispersity and Diversity Discussion Hour The “Dispersity and Diversity” discussion hour is a platform for grad students, postdocs, and early career researchers (ECR) to discuss the necessary changes to increase diversity and inclusion in the field of polymer physics.

Following on the recent #ShutdownSTEM event, we hope to provide a platform to discuss issues of race, bias, diversity and inclusion in polymer physics. Before the session, participants will read selected media that document several experiences of Black scientists. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to respond to the pre-readings and engage in thoughtful discussion within small breakout room environments (~ 10 people). Each breakout session will be tasked with identifying three key takeaways (interesting observations, helpful resources, or proposed changes) as actionable items to present to all participants at the conclusion of the session.

Pre Reading Materials: Please read/listen and reflect on each document before attending Dispersity and Diversity hour. Be prepared to discuss the content with your discussion leader and breakout session members.

Discussion Leaders: The Dispersity and Diversity breakout sessions will be moderated by volunteer discussion leaders, tasked with keeping the group on track and stimulating discussion. If you are interested in volunteering to lead a breakout session, please contact the organizers by Thursday, 7/23.

Dispersity and Diversity Hour Organizers:

Questions regarding the meeting? Reach out to organizers Konane Bay ([email protected]) and Whitney Loo ([email protected])

Whitney Loo

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