LRSM 50th Anniversary Celebration Videos

On May 4, 2012, the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) celebrated its 50th Birthday with a memorable event that attracted over 220 attendees from around the world. The celebratory symposium and dinner combined historical recollections with the current research at the LRSM. Below are videos of speakers from that day.

Welcome (14 min.)

Arjun G.Yodh, Director, LRSM, University of Pennsylvania (00:15)
Vincent Price, Provost, University of Pennsylvania (01:25)
Steven J. Fluharty, Senior Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania (06:50)

Birth of the LRSM (Original Principle Investigators) (23 min.)

Robert Maddin, Materials Science & Engineering, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania (4 min.)

Robert E. Hughes, Chemistry, Professor Emeritus, Cornell University (7.5 min.)

Elias Burstein, Physics, Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania (12 min.)

IRG 2 – Biologically-inspired Janus-dendrimer Assemblies

Daniel Hammer, Bioengineering & Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (11.5 min.)
Virgil Percec, Chemistry (co-leader)

IRG 1 – Geometric Routes to Soft Assembly and Dynamics

Randall Kamien, Physics and Astronomy (15 min.)
Kathleen Stebe, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (co-leader)

Former Directors’ Forum

David White, Professor of Chemistry (present but did not speak) (00:50)
Alan J. Heeger, UC, Santa Barbara (not present, letter read) (01:00)

Louis A. Girifalco, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (7.5 min.)

Donald N. Langenberg, University of Maryland (7 min.)

Gregory C. Farrington, Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences (8 min.)

E. Ward Plummer, Louisiana State University (16.5 min.)

Michael L. Klein, Temple University (not present, video played) (11.5 min.)

IRG 3 – Mechanical Failure of Disordered Packings

Andrea Liu, Physics and Astronomy (15.5 min.)
Robert Carpick, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (co-leader)

IRG 4 – Controlled Function in Inter-dimensional Materials

Jay Kikkawa, Physics and Astronomy (14.5 min.)
Cherie Kagan, Electrical and Systems Engineering (co-leader)

Topological Insulators

Charles Kane, Professor, Physics and Astronomy (18.5 min.)

Materials Science and Engineering at the LRSM

Peter K. Davies, Professor & Chair, Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) (slides only, video missing)

Dawn A. Bonnell, Professor, MSE, and Director, Nano / Bio Interface Center (11 min.)

Charles McMahon, Professor Emeritus, MSE (10 min.)

Vaclav Vitek, Professor, MSE (8.5 min.)

Materials Chemistry and Chemical Dynamics

Robin M. Hochstrasser, Professor, Chemistry (12.5 min.)

William A. Eaton, National Institutes of Health (26.5 min.)

Angus Bain, University College London, UK (20.5 min.)


Dennis E. Discher, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (12 min.)

Carbon-based Materials

Karen I. Winey, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering (13 min.)

Materials Physics

Yung Woo Park, Seoul National University (Conducting Polymers) (15 min.)

Paul A. Chaikin, New York University (PhD 1966-71; PD 1971-72; Prof. 1983-88) (16 min.)

Tom C. Lubensky, Professor of Physics and Astronomy (Soft Matter) (15 min.)

Paul J. Steinhardt, Princeton University (Quasicrystals) (23 min.)

General Session (22 min.)

Kenneth Singer, Case Western Reserve University (00:15)
Cristian Staii, Physics and Astronomy, Tufts University (09:15)
Miroslav Hodak, North Carolina State University (15:50)

After Dinner Speakers (7 min.)

Richard Schultz, Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (4 min.)

Eduardo D. Glandt, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (3 min.)

Reflections from the Audience (29.5 min.)

“Forever Young” performed by Steve Kaplan & Shirl Lawrence (Great Blue) (4.5 min.)

Various Reflections (25 min.)