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Virtual Polymer Physics Symposium 2021

Hosted by Amal Narayanan, Karthika Suresh & Jelena Dinic
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About Event

Attendees, please find the Zoom (technical sessions) and SpatialChat (Networking session) links for joining the event in the e-mail from the American Physical Society and the Organizers sent on Aug 10, 2021.

If you can't access the link please contact:

We look forward to seeing you all on Aug 11-12!

What is Virtual Polymer Physics Symposium (VPPS)?
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

*The Technical sessions and Networking Sessions will be conducted via Zoom and SpatialChat, respectively. All the timings are based on Pacific Daylight-Time Zone (PDT = - 7:00 GMT)

Day 1 Wednesday, August 11th, 2021, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM PDT

7:30 – 8:00 AM: Networking session in SpatialChat
8:00 – 8:10 AM: Kick-off and Introduction

8:10 – 9:30 AM: Mentorship panel, “How to Find the Mentoring that you Need?
Panelists: Dr. Irada Isayeva (U.S. FDA), Dr. Kurt A. Koppi (Dow Chemical Company), Dr. LaShanda Korley (University of Delaware), Dr. Bindu Krishnan (Dow Chemical Company), Dr. Amanda Marciel (Rice University), and Dr. Vivek Prabhu (U.S. NIST).

Resources discussed during the session:
1. Method for Time Management
2. APS DPOLY Engage

Technical Session 1 (9:40 AM - 11:00 AM PDT): Dynamics and Interfacial Phenomena of Polymers (Discussion leader: Kaiwen Hsiao, Stanford University)

9:40 AM: Pamela Cai, Stanford University
10:00 AM: Matthew Grasinger, Air Force Research Lab
10:20 AM: Carina Martinez, University of Illinois Chicago
10:40 AM: Jiale Shi, University of Notre Dame

11:00 AM - 11:20 AM: Break

Technical Session 2 (11:20 AM - 12:40 PM PDT): Polymer Architecture and their Phase Behavior (Discussion leader: Abhishek Shete, Dow Chemical Company)

11:20 AM: Orland Bateman, California Institute of Technology
11:40 AM: Jonathan Coote, University of Tennessee
12:00 PM: Divya Iyer, University of California, Los Angeles
12:20 PM: Philip Pickett, National Institute of Standards and Technology

12:40 – 3:00 PM: Networking session in SpatialChat

Day 2 Thursday, August 12th, 2021, 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM PDT

7:30 – 8:00 AM: Networking session in SpatialChat

8:00 – 9:00 AM: Diversity and dispersity discussion hour
Panelists: Dr. Edmund Bertschinger (MIT) and Dr. Anisha Veeren (U Minnesota)
Reading materials: How to Think about 'Implicit Bias'

9:00 – 9:40 AM: Networking session in SpatialChat

Technical Session 3 (9:40 AM - 11:00 AM PDT): Physics of Biopolymers and Bioinspired Materials (Discussion leader: Shaoting Lin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

9:40 AM: Aoon Rizvi, University of California, Irvine
10:00 AM: Artem Rumyantsev, University of Chicago
10:20 AM: Kathryn Wilcox, Case Western Reserve University
10:40 AM: Indresh Yadav, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

11:00 - 11:20 AM: Break

Technical Session 4 (11:20 AM - 12:40 PM PDT): Self-Assembly and Supramolecular Interactions (Discussion leader: Michael Lueckheide, National Institute of Standards and Technology)

11:20 AM: Ana Brás, University of Cologne
11:40 AM: Rachel Zhuojun Huang, Stanford University
12:00 PM: Anastasia Nicole Neuman, University of Pennsylvania
12:20 PM: Monmee Phukan, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

12:40 - 2:30 PM: Networking session in SpatialChat

Thursday, August 12, 2:30 PM The Virtual Polymer Physics Symposium 2021 End

Past VPPS: