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Fourth German-American Symposium

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 4-6, 1998
Irvine, California


 The Age, Mass Density, and Ultimate Fate of the Universe

Organizers: Alice Gast and Roland Fisher

Chair: Hans-Walter Rix, University of Arizona


Guinevere Kauffmann, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik
The Formation of Galaxies

Alexei V. Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley
Supernovae and their Cosmological Implications

 Emerging Fluorescence Sensing Technologies

Organizers: Anthony Czarnik and Claus-Michael Lehr

Chair: A.P. de Silva, Queens University of Belfast
Fluorescent Sensing; Why and How


Gregor Zlokarnik, Aurora Biosciences Corporation
Fluorescence Detection Of Receptor-Regulated Gene Expression And Cell Sorting With Beta-Lactamase as Reporter

Jens Eilers, Universität des Saarlandes
High-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy of the Nervous System: From Cells to Networks


Organizers: Mark Kay and Sevil Weinkauf

Chair: Patrick Brown, Stanford University


André Rosenthal, Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie, Jena

David Lockhart, Affymetrix Inc.
Genes, Genomics and DNA Chips

 Global Chemical Fluxes

Organizers: Bradford Clement and Ruth Knoche

Chair: Ken Caldeira, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Terry Plank, University of Kansas
The Ins and Outs of Volcanoes

Andreas Luettge, Yale University
CO2 Consumption by Weathering of Silicates and Recycling of CO2 into the Earth’s Mantle: The Balance Between CO2 Production and CO2 Consumption

 Mathematics of Microstructures

Organizers: Stefan Müller and David Zuckerman

Chair: Richard D. James, University of Minnesota
Minimizing Energies that have No Minimizer and the Design of New Materials


Kaushik Bhattacharya, California Institute of Technology
Mathematical Models of Microstructure and the Search for New Shape-Memory Alloys

Gero Friesecke, University of Oxford
How Three Simple Rules Lead to Infinitely Complex Patterns, and Why Knowing the Rules but Not the Patterns Is Enough to Predict What Happens on a Larger Scale

 Smart Materials: The "IQ" of Materials in Systems

Organizers: Frank Mücklich and Mats Selen

Chair: Rainer Waser, RWTH Aachen University of Technology, Aachen


Wenwu Cao, Pennsylvania State University
Materials Born to be Smart and Made to be Smart

Harley H. Cudney, Virginia Institute of Technology
Designing Controllers for Smart Structures: Present Practices and Future Goals


Organizers: Glenn Telling and Sevil Weinkauf

Chair: Michael Speicher, Ludwig-Maximilans Universität


Kathleen Collins, University of California, Berkeley
Structure and Function of a Specialized Reverse Transcriptase, Telomerase

Petra Boukamp, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Heidelberg
Telomerase Activity in Normal Human Cells

 Ultrafast Detection and Control of Molecular Dynamics

Organizers: Georg Jansen and Mats Selen

Chair: Volker Engel, Universität Würzburg


Philip A. Anfinrud, Harvard University
Using Physics to Probe Chemistry in Biology: Recent Progress and New Opportunities

Regina de Vivie-Riedle, Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik


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