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Kent State University, June 19-28, 2007

Sponsored by the NSF Focused Research Group on "Ferroelectric phenomena in soft-matter systems" (DMS-0456221)

Organized by the Liquid Crystal Institute and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Kent State University

This Workshop is organized around three themes: fluid fibers of bent-core materials, liquid-crystal elastomers, and defects in ordered fluids. The objectives of the Workshop comprise both education and research. The goal of the educational component is to expose graduate students (from both the physical and the mathematical sciences) to several aspects of liquid crystals related to the three workshop themes. Some coverage will be given to physics background (including lab experiences), mathematical models and their analyses, and numerical methods. The main research objective is to foster a lively exchange between the participating physicists and the mathematicians on the concerned topics.

The 10-day Workshop will include 8 tutorial lectures and 15 research talks (both balanced between physics and mathematics), plus 8 different laboratory experiences. In addition there will be a day for student presentations and a concluding roundtable discussion.

Funding and space are available for a small number of graduate students.

More information is available on the web page for the Workshop:

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