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Date:3/17/2010

d ball trajectories. For data-hungry baseball analysts, the data from these new systems are revolutionizing the way the game is studied. Next up: FIELD f/x, in which the movement of every player on the field is tracked along with the full-batted ball trajectory. These data will lead to new insights about the nation's pastime, including new metrics for fielding, the long sought holy grail of baseball analysis.

Speaker: Alan Nathan, physics professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been at the forefront of efforts to extract useful information from the new data, both from a physics perspective and from a baseball analysis perspective.

Paper Q3.5: http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/MAR10/Event/120598

Wednesday, March 17, 3:30 p.m.

THE MECHANICS OF THE CELL (Session Q7)

The field of cell biology has focused for decades on understanding the content of cells -- all the interacting molecules inside and outside of cells, for instance, and the normal and pathological roles they play. In recent years, scientists have also begun to appreciate the importance of what you might call the character of cells -- their shapes, and how these shapes play a critical role in regulating many important biological functions.

Cell shape emerges from a complex system of interactions between a cell's internal "cytoskeletal" framing, its membrane, and the connections it makes to other cells and materials in tissues. Now physicists, biologists, and engineers are beginning to probe the fundamental physical and mechanical forces that drive cell shape and control the character of cell types, ranging from bacteria to human stem cells. Session Q7 focuses on this emerging new field of "cellular mechanics."

SPEAKERS: Dennis Discher (University of Pennsylvania) will describe how the fate of human stem cells can be determined and controlled with different elastic mat
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Contact: Jason Bardi
jbardi@aip.org
301-209-3091
American Institute of Physics
Source:Eurekalert

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