David P. Landau, Distinguished Research Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Simulational Physics, presented the opening Invited Talk entitled: The Ising Model at 92. He also presented a portion of an Invited Tutorial on Replica-Exchange Wang-Landau Sampling.
Michael Bachmann, Professor of Physics, presented an Invited Talk entitled:Generic Structural Transitions in Macromolecular Systems.
In addition, a Ph.D. student, Mr. Alfred Farris, was accorded the unusual opportunity of presenting a long oral presentation instead of a poster like other graduate students. He spoke on Exploring Effects of Rigidity in a Semi-flexible Lattice Model for Crambin: An REWL Study. He participated in this meeting and visited the Universidade Federal da Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte for a week as a recipient of a joint American Physical Society/Brazilian Physical Society competitive Travel Fellowship.
The IX Brazilian Meeting on Simulational Physics included participants from Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S.A, in addition to multiple Brazilian institutions and included a celebration of 20 years of these biennial meetings. The concept for this series was based on the annual Workshop sponsored by the Center for Simulational Physics (the 31st such event will take place next February).