The Boston Area Physics Calendar is published weekly during the 
academic year by the Department of Physics at Boston College.  
You may send your announcements by e-mail ( or 
FAX (617-552-8478).  We cannot accept announcements by telephone.  
Entries should reach us no later than 11:00 a.m. on the Monday preceding 

Week of September 14 - September 20

Monday, September 15, 1997
Monday, September 15, 1997, 2:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Monday Research Seminar
CTP Seminar Room, Building 6 - Third Floor
"Classical & Quantal Generalized 2D Gravity vs. the Genuine Black 
W. Kummer
Technical University, Wien

Monday, September 15, 1997, 4:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Monday Research Seminar
CTP Seminar Room, Building 6 - Third Floor
"Soft Dileptons from In-Medium Rho-Meson Propagation"
Jochen Wambach
University of Darmstadt

Monday, September 15, 1997, 4:30 p.m.
Brown University
Physics Colloquium
Barus & Holley 168
"General Relativity and Accreting Neutron Stars"
Professor Phil Kaaret
Columbia University
Refreshments served at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 16, 1997 

Tuesday, September 16, 2:30 p.m.
Brandeis University
Theoretical Seminar
Physics Building, Room 229
"Can We Learn About Hawking Radiation from General 2D 
Dilation Models?"
Professor Wolfgang Kummer
Institut f^r Theoretische Physik
Technical University of Vienna, Austria

Tuesday, September 16, 3:45 p.m.
Boston University
Physics Colloquium
Metcalf Science Center, Room 107
"Physics and Modeling of High Reynolds Number Turbulence"
Professor S. Orszag
Boston University, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Refreshment will be served before the talk (3:20 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 17, 1997
Wednesday, September 17, 4:00 p.m.
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
Department of Physics Colloquium
Olney 428
"Why Is This Quark Different from All Other Quarks?"
Professor Elizabeth Simmons
Boston University
Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 p.m.
Harvard University
Joint Theory Seminar
Jefferson 256
"Quantum Computation and Decision Trees"
E. Farhi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Refreshment will be served at 4:00 in Lyman 330. 

Thursday, September 18, 1997 
Thursday, September 18, 1997, 12:00 noon
Harvard University
Condensed Matter Theory Seminar
Pierce 100F
"Breakup and Coalescence of Drops"
Dr. Jens Eggers
University of Essen, Germany

Thursday, September 18, 1997, 2:30 p.m.
Brown University
Theoretical Seminar
Barus & Holley 555
"Particles, Strings and the Cosmological 
Constant Problem"
Dr. Raman Sundrum
Boston University 

Thursday, September 18, 1997, 4:15 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Physics Colloquium
MIT Room 10-250
"Black Holes, String Theory and the Information Paradox"
Samir Mathur
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Refreshments will be served in MIT Room 26-110 at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday, September 18, 1997, 4:30 p.m.
Brown University
Condensed Matter Seminar
Barus & Holley 751
Dr. Mark Johnson
Naval Research Lab

Friday, September 19, 1997

Friday, September 19, 1997, 4:00 p.m.
Harvard University
Condensed Matter Seminar
Pierce Hall, Room 209
"New Developments in Sub-Kelvin Refrigerators:
The Superfluid Stirling and Pulse Tube Refrigerators"
Professor John Brisson
M.I.T. - Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Refreshments will be served following in the Brooks Room.

Friday, September 19, 1997, 4:00 p.m.
Harvard University
Joint Seminar for the History of 20th Century Science
Science Center 226
"Image and Logic:  Reflections on Physics in the 
Twentieth Century"
Professor Peter Galison
Harvard University

Friday, September 19, 1997, 4:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
LNS Colloquium
Kolker Room, 26-414
"Particle Interferometry"
Ulrich Heinz
University of Regensburg
Refreshments will be served at 3:45 in Room 26-4114.

Friday, September 19, 1997, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Northeastern University Centennial Celebrations
The College of Arts and Sciences
Nobel Laureate Speaker Series
Miracle of Superconductivity Symposium (MOSS)
Blackman Auditorium
(Those attending should plan to arrive by 10:30 to be seated
Nobel Laureates Phillip Anderson, David Lee and Robert
Schrieffer and Professor Paul Chu will present live 
demonstrations and talk on the miracle of superconductivity.
Professor Phillip Anderson, Princeton University
Professor Paul Chu, University of Houston
Professor David Lee, Cornell University
Professor Robert Schrieffer, Florida State University
Professor Arun Bansil, Physics Dept., Northeastern Univ.
11:00-11:10	Welcome & Introduction --Dean Lowndes and
		Professor Bansil
11:10-11:25	Miracle of Superconductivity--
		Professor Schrieffer
11:25-11:55	Show and Tell--Professors Chu and Lee will
		lead the demonstrations with assistance from
		Professors Anderson, Schrieffer and Bansil.
11:55-12:10	Another Miracle: The High Temperature
		Superconductors--Professor Anderson
12:10-12:25	Questions and Answers--Professors Anderson,
		Chu, Lee and Schrieffer
12:25-12:30	Closing

This will not be a ticketed event.  The seating will be open, 
on a first-come-first-serve basis.  Please come early to secure
a seat as the event is expected to be oversubscribed.

Deadline for the September 21-September 27 Issue is:
Monday, September 15, 1997 at 11:00 a.m.


Special Announcement

Preregistration by October 1



Biomaterials and Complex Fluids Workshop
Hassenfeld Conference Hall

A one day workshop on Biomaterials and Complex Fluids
will be held at Brandeis University on October 14, 1997,
sponsored by the Materials Research Society.  This meeting
is intended to foster cross-disciplinary exchange between
researchers located in the Boston Area.

If you plan on attending, please send an email note to by October 1.  We 
need to know how many participants in order to have
enough seating and food available.

Meeting information on the web:

8:30-9:00 am	Registration

Morning session:

Oral Presentations:	40 min. talk, 10 min. discussion
9:00-9:50	Self Assembled Monolayers for Biological 
		G. Whitesides, Harvard
9:50-10:40	Rheology of Actin Filaments
		P. Janmey, Brigham and Women's Hospital
10:40-11:10	Coffee
11:10-12:00	Biosynthesis of Polymers
		D. Tirrell, U Mass-Amherst
12:00-1:00	Lunch

Afternoon session:

1:00-3:30	Posters (and coffee)

3:30-4:30	Panel discussion: A. Grosberg (Chair), MIT
Panel discussion topics: Summary of posters; identify 
opportunities for interdisciplinary work; establishment of 
Boston area biomaterials/ complex fluids network...


Joan Drane
Boston College