Franklin Institute Award: David Weitz

Physics of Soft Matter: Self-Assembling, Responsive, Smart, (and Squishy!)

portrait of David WeitzDavid Weitz

Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics
Harvard UniversityBenjamin Franklin Medal

Recipient of the 2024 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

April 17, 2024
8:00 – 11:15 AM
Free and open to the public

Rose Recital Hall, Room 419 (see below)
Fisher-Bennet Hall
University of Pennsylvania
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Organizers: Peter Collings, Arjun Yodh


8:00 – 8:30 AM Beverages, Breads, and Pastries
8:30 – 8:40 AM Welcome
Session I (Chair: Andrea Liu, University of Pennsylvania)
8:40 – 9:00 AM Paul Chaikin, Physics, New York University
  “Artificial DNA Heat Engines/Muscles”
9:00 – 9:20 AM John Crocker, CBE, University of Pennsylvania
  “Exploring Canyons in Glassy Energy Landscapes”
9:20 – 9:40 AM Douglas Durian, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  “Networks that Physically Learn Complex Functionality”
9:40 – 10:00 AM Daeyeon Lee, CBE, University of Pennsylvania
  “Microfluidics to Macro Impact: Manufacturing Marvels”
10:00 – 10:30 AM Break
Session II (Chair: Philip Nelson, University of Pennsylvania)
10:30 – 10:50 AM Chinedum Osuji, CBE, University of Pennsylvania
  “Self-assembly and Demixing of Liquid Crystal Mesophases”
10:50 – 11:20 AM Eleni Katifori, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  “Powering Flows”
11:20 – 11:30 AM Arnold Mathijssen, Physics, University of Pennsylvania
  “Emergence of Collective Functionalities in Active Matter”

Contact: Arjun Yodh, (215-898-6354)

map of Fisher Bennett HallFisher Bennett Hall is at the corner of 34th and Walnut. If driving you can find street parking nearby, but there are also parking facilities at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Museum (both near 33rd and Spruce St.).

Once inside the building, there are a few ways to get to the Rose Recital Hall, which is on the 4th floor. There is an elevator; take it to the fourth floor and take a right when exiting the elevator and walk to the end of the building to find Rose Recital Hall. The easiest way to get there by stairs is to take a left when entering the building, and walk all the way to the end of the hall to the stairwell; then walk up stairs to the fourth floor. If people want to walk up the main stairway, near the entrance, then it only goes to the 3rd floor; folks should then take a right and walk all the way to the end of the hall and take that stairway up to the fourth floor.

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This event is sponsored by:

The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

The Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Franklin Institute