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 Eighth Annual Greater Boston Area Statistical Mechanics Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 2006

Please join us on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at Brandeis University to
meet and listen to your colleagues in the New England area working in
statistical mechanics.
The goal of these meetings is to offer an informal, friendly, and
supportive environment where people from a variety of departments and
institutions can meet and exchange ideas and where old and new friends
can meet.

There will be coffee and bagels from 9:00 am to 9:30 am and four
sessions beginning at 9:30 am. Each session features a 25 minute
invited talk, and the first three sessions also include a total of
27-30 three minute contributed talks. Viewgraphs can be used to show
graphs and other visualizations of your results, but the use of
viewgraphs to present equations is discouraged. One Windows and and one
Mac OSX notebook computer will be available on which you can load your
talk from a USB flash drive in advance of the session. Powerpoint and
Acrobat Reader will be available on both computers and Keynote will be
available on the Mac. Contributors are encouraged to post their
viewgraphs during the coffee breaks to facilitate discussions. Lunch
will last for 90 minutes to give attendees a chance to mingle. Coffee
will be available at all times. The meeting will conclude at
approximately 3:30 pm to give you enough time to catch the train back
to Cambridge if necessary.

Invited speakers:

    * Corey O'Hern, Yale University, "What determines the frequency
distribution of jammed granular packings?"
    * Subir Sachdev, Harvard University, "Quantum criticality beyond
the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson paradigm."
    * Azadeh Samadani, Brandeis University, "Noise, asymmetry and
individuality in cellular functions."
    * Oliva White, MIT, "Describing spin glass dynamics: Which length
scales grow?"

Chairs: Rama Bansil, Jan Engelbrecht, Marcelo Gleiser, Tom Powers