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First Japanese-American Symposium

Science and Technology Agency, Japan Science and Technology Corporation - U.S. National Academy of Sciences

August 21-23, 1998
Irvine, California


 Applications of Physics to Topology and Geometry

Organizers: Tomasz Mrowka and Akira Shimizu

Chair: Tomasz Mrowka, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Hiraku Nakajima, Kyoto University
Generating Functions in Geometry

Clifford H. Taubes, Harvard University
Low Dimensional Topology and Physics

 Biological Clock

Organizers: Norio Ishida and Paul Ahlquist

Chair: Norio Ishida, National Institute of Bioscience and Human Technology


Maki Kaneko, Brandeis University
Pacemaker Cells in the Fruit Fly

Ravi Allada, Brandeis University
Identification of New Circadian Rhythm Genes Indicates that the Molecular Components of the Pacemaker are Conserved Between Flies and Mammals

 Composite Fermions and Bosons

Organizers: Hideo Ohno, Sylvia Ceyer and Charles Steidel

Chair: Yasuhiro Iye, University of Tokyo
Electron Masquerade in "Quantum Hall"


Hideo Aoki, University of Tokyo
Composite Particles in Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

Mansour Shayegan, Princeton University
Electrons on a Flatland: Surprises Never Stop

 Functional Genomics

Organizers: Paul Ahlquist and Norio Ishida

Chair: Stanley Fields, University of Washington


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

Yuji Kohara, National Institute of Genetics
The Genome as the Blueprint of Life


Organizers: Kaoru Yamanouchi and Sylvia Ceyer

Chair: Yoshitaka Tanimura, Ikazaki National Research Institute


Koichi Yamashita, University of Tokyo
The World of Femtoseconds

Philip Anfinrud, Harvard University
From Femtosecond Spectroscopy to Picosecond Crystallography: Probing Structural Dynamics in Protein

 Genetics: Nature vs. Nurture

Organizers: Daisuke Yamamoto and Paul Ahlquist

Chair: Eric Hoffman, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Muscle as Defined by Your Genes, and Your Environment, and Everything in Between


Takeshi Yagi, National Institute for Physiological Sciences
Nature and Nurture in Gene Knock-Out Mice

Ulrike Heberlein, University of California, San Francisco
Drosophila as a Model Organism for Alcoholism?

 Large Ground-based Telescopes

Organizers: Charles Steidel and Toshikazu Ebisuzaki

Chair: Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)


Andrea Ghez, University of California-Los Angeles
Bringing the Galaxy into Focus

Arjun Dey, Johns Hopkins University
Unveiling the Universe: Science with Large-Aperture Telescopes

Mamoru Doi, University of Tokyo
Supernovae Search with Large Ground-Based Telescopes

 The Tempo of Mass Extinction and Recovery: No Dates No Rates

Organizers: Deborah Penry and Toshikazu Ebisuzaki

Chair: Samuel Bowring, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Douglas Erwin, National Museum of Natural History
Dates and Rates: Using Radiometirc Dates to Test Models of the End-Permian Mass Extinction and Recovery

Yukio Isozaki, University of Tokyo
Superocean, Superanoxia, and the Permo/Triassic Extinction


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