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APS March Meeting 2009

by Andre on 17 March 2009

I’m at the American Physical Society March Meeting in Pittsburgh and, as there was at BSM a few weeks ago, there’s free wireless. That’s two for two at big meetings this year, so kudos to the organizers!

I didn’t get to a lot of talks today because I had two to give myself (one on my work on myosin filament structure using TIRF/AFM and another on Florian Rehfeldt’s work on stem cell mechanics in 2D and 3D), but now I’m at the session on nucleic acid packaging and it looks good so far.

If you happen to be in Pittsburgh, I actually have two more talks to go so please come and check them out. The next one is on Rich Tsai’s work on phagocytosis and how macrophages know that some cells are “self” and should not be eaten and other cells are “foreign” and should be eaten (hint: it’s CD47). That talk will be tomorrow at 9:48AM in the H40 session “Biological Physics I.” I was reading Rich’s paper in the train on the way here so I’m hardly an expert, but it’s quite an interesting story and I’m looking forward to sharing it. My last talk is on work I’ve been doing on blood clot mechanics that I’m really excited about. We’ve been able to get quite a lot of information on the processes that allow clots to stretch so far from the nano- through micro- to the macroscale. That talk will be on Thursday morning at 10:12AM in the V40 session on “Mechanics of Biomolecular Systems II.”

If you’re here and haven’t given your talk yet, here’s some timely advice from Physioprof on how to give a short talk. His advice is good for a 15 minute talk and is probably even more important at the APS with the insanely short 10 minute talks.



  1. Alex    3026 days ago    #

    So, after dinner last night I thought “Hmm, I wonder if that biophysicist named Andre from UPenn is also that guy with the blog.” And sure enough, you are. Wish I’d put 2 and 2 together last night. Anyway, nice to meet you.


  2. Andre    3026 days ago    #

    I think I’m the only one that fits that description! It was great to meet you. I love the cyberspace/meatspace convergence and being able to put a face to a name. See you around the convention center I hope.


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