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Inaugural Chhabra-Landau Lecture features materials science engineer Sharon Glotzer

Alan Flurry

The Center for Simulational Physics presents the inaugural Chhabra-Landau lecture on Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. in room 202 of the Physics building. The speaker is Sharon Glotzer, the Anthony C. Lembke Department Chair of Chemical Engineering, the John Werner Cahn Distinguished University Professor of Engineering and the Stuart W. Churchill Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she is also Professor of Materials Science & Engineering.


The Lecture series celebrates David P. Landau, Distinguished Research Professor of physics, his pioneering work in applying Monte Carlo computer simulations to deepen our understanding of phase transitions and more generally condensed matter physics, and his role in founding the Center for Simulational Physics at UGA.


The Lecture series is endowed by Ashvin B. Chhabra (M.S. Physics, UGA ‘84; Ph.D. Applied Physics, Yale ‘89) in honor of Landau , who served as his thesis advisor, and acknowledges the hospitality and friendship of the faculty and students of UGA accorded Chhabra when he first came to Athens from overseas as a graduate student. The Chhabra-Landau Lecture will be an annual event.


“Over the course of a stellar career, Dr. Landau has led in building a diverse and welcoming community of students at the Center for Simulational Physics,” said Phillip Stancil, professor and head of the department of physics and astronomy in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “The series focuses on the deep connection between physics and computer science, in particular, the use of computing, or information theoretic ideas, as fundamental tools for physicists to develop novel insights about our world.”


Glotzer is recognized for her contributions to the fields of soft matter and computational science, most notably on problems in assembly science and engineering, nanoscience, and the glass transition, for which the elucidation of the nature of dynamical heterogeneity in glassy liquids is of particular significance.  She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Glotzer received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 1993.


Ashvin Chhabra is President of Euclidean Capital, which is responsible for the management of investments for James H. Simons & Marilyn Simons and their associated foundations. Dedicated to advancing research in basic science and mathematics, the Simons Foundation is currently one of America’s largest private funders of these areas. Chhabra is also the author of “The Aspirational Investor,”published by Harper Collins in 2015. He is widely recognized as one of the founders of goals-based wealth management and for his seminal work “Beyond Markowitz” which proposes a novel Wealth Allocation framework.


“We could not be more honored to host Dr. Glotzer in celebration of the accomplishments and impact of David Landau, not only for his efforts at UGA but also for his leadership in the global development of the study of Monte Carlo simulations,” Stancil said. “We are humbled by and grateful to the vision our esteemed alumnus Dr. Chhabra, which allows us to bring a leading scholar in materials science to UGA to kickoff this lecture series.”


The Chhabra-Landau Lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed immediately by a reception in the Physics Building.


Image: University of Michigan professor Sharon Glotzer


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