Soft Solids and Complex Fluids:

2010 Program




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2008 program

2009 program


The idea of this summer school is to create a friendly learning atmosphere, to enable close contact between students and lecturers, and create opportunities for students to make lasting contacts with peers at other universities.

Format: The school will be a 5-day residential program running from the afternoon of Sunday, May 30 to Friday, June 4th. Four lecturers will give mini-courses composed of four 90-min lectures.  This year's topics are:

This year's courses and lecturers will be -

Crackling and noise James Sethna Cornell University
Singularities in fluids Wendy Zhang University of Chicago
Polyelectrolytes Murugappan Muthukumar University of Massachusetts
Microrheology John Crocker University of Pennsylvania


The lectures will be interspersed with student presentations, and some social activities. Typically, we will have four lectures a day, leaving time for discussions scientific and otherwise. The lecturers may set assignments. More details on the courses will appear here closer to the date of the school.  

Location: UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, is located in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, a 2-hour drive from Boston and 3 hours from New York City. The area is home to UMass and to four other liberal arts colleges. The area has a rich cultural environment in a rural setting.  There are also a number of outdoor activities to fill in your free time - hiking and biking trails criss-cross the area. 

Logistics: There will be a fee of $400 for attending the school. The fee will cover on-campus lodging at UMass, breakfast, lunch and refreshments, as well as two evening meals. On other evenings, we will leave you to explore the eateries, bars, coffee-shops of Amherst and neighbouring Northampton. The town is a 15 minute walk from campus, and there is free public transportation connecting the university and the town.