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Inspired by Biology: From Molecules to Materials to Machines
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Sharon C. Glotzer is professor of chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and physics at the University of Michigan. She also holds the titles Professor of Applied Physics and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering and is a faculty affiliate in the University of Michigan’s Center for Theoretical Physics, Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Center for Computational Medicine and Biology, and the Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences, where she serves on the executive board. She received her B.S. in physics from UCLA and her Ph.D. in physics from Boston University. Dr. Glotzer is a computational scientist specializing in soft matter and nanomaterials theory, with a special focus on self-assemby and phase transformations in liquids, glasses and jammed materials, nanoparticles and colloids, liquid crystals, polymers and other complex fluids. Dr. Glotzer received the APS’s Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal and was a Sigma Xi lecturer. Dr. Glotzer served as chair of the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics and chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum. She is a fellow of the APS.
Yale E. Goldman is professor of physiology and director of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University (1969) and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (1975). Dr. Goldman’s research interests are understanding the mechanism of molecular motors and protein synthesis by the ribosome; mechanochemistry; and structural dynamics. His research group uses novel biophysical techniques, including laser photolysis of caged molecules, bifunctional fluorescent probes, single-molecule fluorescence polarization, and optical traps to map the real-time domain motions of proteins. Dr. Goldman is former president of the Biophysical Society. His honors include the Upjohn Achievement Award from the University of Pennsylvania; a research fellowship from the Muscular Dystrophy Association; the National Research Service Award the Research Career Development Award, and the MERIT Award (all three from NIH); the Bowditch Lecturer of the American Physiological Society; the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching; and the Lamport Lecturer of the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Elias Greenbaum is a corporate fellow and group leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an adjunct professor in the University of Tennessee’s Genome Science and Technology program. He received his B.S. degree in physics from Brooklyn College and Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics from Columbia Uni-