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Third German-American Symposium

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 19-22, 1997
Munich, Germany


 Approximation Algorithms

Organizers: Trevor Wooley and Günter Ziegler

Chair: Andreas S. Schultz, TU Berlin


Andreas S. Schultz, TU Berlin
Computing Good Solutions to Hard Combinatorial Problems Quickly: A Tourist's Guide to the World of Complexity

David Shmoys, Cornell University
Using Coin Tosses and Linear Programming to Compute Good Routings and Schedules

David P. Williamson, IBM T.J. Watson Research Labs
From 100% Error To 13% Error Using Geometry, and Why We Can't Do Much Better

 Cell Suicide

Organizers: Glenn Telling and Anne Ulrich

Chair: Marcus Peter, Deutsches Krebsforschungsinstitut


Michael O. Hengartner, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Programmed Cell Death in the Nematode C. elegans

Marcus Peter, Deutsches Krebsforschungsinstitut
Apoptosis Induced by the Death Receptors

Armin Heufelder, Medizinische Klinik der Uni München
Apoptosis in Endocrine Systems and Autoimmunity: Both Too Much and Too Little Can Be Harmful

 Combinatorial Chemistry

Organizers: Eric Jacobsen and Georg Jansen

Chair: Anthony Czarnik, IRORI Quantum Microchemistry
High Volume Synthesis and Screening: Two Challenges That Must be Solved in Synchrony


Jon Ellman, University of California, Berkeley
Design, Synthesis, and Evaluation of Small Molecule Libraries

Michael Famulok, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
RNA-Molecules with Novel Functions from Combinatorial Nucleic Acid Libraries

 Computational Neurosciences: Beyond Rate Coding

Organizers: Leigh (Wiki) Royden and Martin Stutzmann

Chair: Andreas Herz, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


Wulfram Gerstner, ETH Lausanne
Spike time Coding and Hebbian Learning in the Auditory System

Andreas Kreiter, Max-Planck Institut für Hirnforschung
Stimulus-dependent Synchronization and the Binding Problem

Henry Markram, Weizman Institute of Science
Plasticity of Neocortical Synapses: Relevance for Temporal Coding

 Core Geophysics


Bradford M. Clement, Florida International University


Astrid Holzheid, Universität zu Köln
Composition and Formation of the Earth’s Core

Andreas Tilgner, Universität Bayreuth
Dynamo Theory Applied to the Earth’s Core

Bradford M. Clement, Florida International University
Paleomagnetism and Magnetic Field Reversals - Implications

 Gene Therapy

Organizers: Claus-Michael Lehr and Glenn Telling

Chair: Peter Hoogerbrugge, University Hospital, Leiden


Mark Kay, University of Washington
Hepatic Gene Therapy for Hemophilia and Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Dexi Liu, University of Pittsburgh
Lipid-Based, Self-Assembly Systems for Gene Delivery

 Molecular Transport/Nanomachines

Organizers: Anna-Louise Reysenbach and Elmar Schiebel

Chair: Andrew Hoyt, Johns Hopkins University


Andrew Hoyt, Johns Hopkins University
Motor Proteins of the Mitotic Spindle

Martin Bähler, Institut fur Zellibologie-LMU
Myosins on the Move

 Scanning Probe Microscopy

Organizers: Martin Stutzmann, Claus-Michael Lehr, Alice Gast, and John Huth

Chair: Roland Wiesendanger, Universität Hamburg


Roland Wiesendanger, Universität Hamburg
Nano-Science and Nano-Technology: An Excursion into a Small World

Hermann E. Gaub, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy by AFM: A Novel Gadget in the Nanoscopic Toolbox

Joseph A. Zasadzinski, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nanometer Resolution of Organic and Biological Thin Films

After-Dinner Speaker

Organizer: Claus-Michael Lehr

Speaker: Simon D. M. White, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft


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