Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:40am - 12:20pm
Ethan Anderes (University of California, Davis)
One of the major targets for next-generation cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiments is the precision mapping of CMB distortions due to the gravitational lensing effect of dark matter. Estimating this lensing is important for two reasons. First, lensing probes the nature of dark matter fluctuations in the sky. Second, lensing estimates can be used, in principle, to de-lense the observed CMB for reconstructing the primordial CMB fluctuations. Both of these problems are crucial for next-generation CMB experiments.
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Steven Schiff (The Pennsylvania State University)
There is a several decade history demonstrating that electrical polarization of neurons can modulate neuronal firing, and that such polarization can suppress (or excite) spiking activity and seizures. In recent years, we uncovered a unification in the computational biophysics of spikes, seizures, and spreading depression (Wei et al J Neurosci 34:11733-11743, 2014).
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Sookyung Joo (Old Dominion University)
We describe the switching process in reversed tilted columnar phase and ferroelectric bistability of polarization-modulated orthogonal smectic liquid crystals (SmAP).

The reversed tilted B1 phase is a smectic tilted columnar phase in which the
Monday, April 24, 2017 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Remi Carminati (École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (ESPCI))
In the quest for the smart materials for photonics, photonics crystals and metamaterials have emerged, intrinsically based on periodic arrangements. In practice, most of fabricated materials are only partially ordered, as disorder is
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