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Second German-American Symposium

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 2-4, 1996


 Astrophysics: Cosmology, Particle Physics, and Symmetry Breaking

Organizer: John Huth

Chair: Thomas Müller, Universität Karlsruhe, FRG


Edward "Rocky" Kolb, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Primordial Soup: The Inner Space/Outer Space Connection

Stephan Lammel, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Search for Supersymmetry

 Biomedical Science: Prions—Infectious Proteins

Organizer: Harald Schmidt

Chair: Harald Schmidt, Universität Würzburg


Karin Post, Heinrich-Heine-Universität
Prions: A Contradiction to a Central Dogma of Biology

Robert Petersen, Case Western Reserve University
Prion Diseases: From Protein to Pathogen

Hermann Schaetzl, Max von Pettenkofer Institut
Prions as Voyagers Across Species

Glenn Telling, University of California at San Francisco
Prion Transmission from Humans to Transgenic Mice: Insights into the Mechanisms of Prion Propagation

 Chemistry: The Importance of Being Distinguishable—Stereoisomers

Organizer: Sylvia Ceyer

Chair: Rick Danheiser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Eric Jacobsen, Harvard University
Enantioselective Catalysis

Robert Waymouth, Stanford University
Dynamic Stereocontrol in Polymer Synthesis: How to Make Plastics Elastic

Carsten Bolm, Universität Marburg
Asymmetric Autocatalysis

 Geosciences: Dynamics of Tibet

Organizer: Marcia McNutt

Chair: Leigh (Wiki) Royden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Lothar Ratschbacher, Stanford University
Kinematics of Tibet

Sean Willett, Pennsylvania State University
Mountain-Building Processes and the Tibetan Plateau

 Life Sciences: Life at High Temperatures

Organizers: Deborah Penry and Gerhard Graf

Chair: Everett Shock, Washington University


Michael Adams, University of Georgia
Life at the High Temperatures: An Overview

Arnulf Kletzin, Institut für Mikrobiologie Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
Tungsten in Hyperthermophilic Microorganisms: Physiology, Biochemistry, and Ecological Background


Douglas Clark, University of California, Berkeley
The Role of Pressure in Life at High Temperatures

 Materials Science: Quantum Dots to Colloidal Carriers

Organizers: Peter Werner and Claus-Michael Lehr

Chair: Martin Stutzmann, TU Munchen


Moungi Bawendi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Semiconductor Nanocrystallites: Probing the Physics of Nano-Size Materials

Kirsten Westesen, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Structure Investigations and Applications of Colloidal Carriers

 Mathematics: Cryptography and Quantum Cryptography

Organizers: Trevor Wooley and Douglas Stone

Chair: David DiVincenzo, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center


Jeffrey Lagarias, AT&T Bell Labs
Public Key Cryptography and Factoring Integers

Richard Hughes, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Secure Communications Using Quantum Cryptography

 Medical Imaging and NMR Spectroscopy: Versatile Radiowaves

Organizer: Anne Ulrich

Chair: Anne Ulrich, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


Christian Griesinger, University of Frankfurt
Pushing Back the Frontiers of Structure Determination of Biomolecules in Solution by Multinuclear and Multidimensional NMR Spectroscopy

Ann McDermott, Columbia University
Fine Structure in Solid State NMR:A Probe for Nonbonded Interactions and Conformational Dynamics in Enzyme Active Sites

Peter Erhard, University of Minnesota
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Human Brain

After-dinner Speaker

Organizer: Günter Ziegler

Speaker: Frank Morgan, Bronfman Science Center
Mathematics, Minimal Surfaces, and Soap Bubbles


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