It is two days of the the December 15-17 Statistical Mechanics Conference at Rutgers.
The program Monday evening and all day Tuesday, relating mathematical and physical ideas to biology, is cosponsored by the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS).
A more complete program will be sent out later. Meanwhile, you can get titles of talks as well as related information on a file labeled smm which you can reach directly by anonymous ftp to `math.rutgers.edu', give `anonymous' as user name and give your email address as the password. You should switch to appropriate directory by `cd pub/smm'. Alternatively, this file can be reached via WWW browser at the URL file://math.rutgers.edu/pub/smm. I will give updates on the meeting on this file. In particular, you can get travel instructions, parking permit and motel reservation forms from the file. You may also request such information on your response form.
This special session reviewed physical aspects of biological problems, with an emphasis on protein folding. There were talks on random walks on microtubules, DNA and recognition, why proteins look like proteins, the statistical mechanics of protein folding, cellular protein folding, combinatorial methods for protein design, thermodynamics vs. kinematics in protein folding, correlations and heterogeneity of model protein and heteropolymer energy landscapes, conformations of charged heteropolymers, freezing transition of compact polyampholytes, spectral analysis of biological sequences, specificity and affinity of biomolecular interactions, modeling cellular guts with colloidal soups, cell dynamics of model proteins, and physics from jelly fish.