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10th Annual U.S. Symposium

November 19-21, 1998
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Black Holes at the Center of the Galaxy

Organizer: Jennifer Chayes. Microsoft Research

Chair: Alexei Filippenko, University of California, Berkeley

Speakers:

Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
Observing the Fastest Moving Stars in Our Galaxy:
Evidence of a Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

Charles Bailyn, Yale University
Observing Black Holes in Binary Star Systems

 Femtochemistry

Organizer: John Hartwig, Yale University

Chair: Norbert Scherer, University of Chicago

Speakers:

John Simon, Duke University
Using Ultrafast Lasers to Study Problems in Photobiology

Andrei Tokmakoff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Watching the Time-Evolution of Structure in Complex Liquids

 Global Climate Change

Organizer: Sue Brantley, Pennsylvania State University

Chair: Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

Speakers:

Jean Lynch-Steiglitz, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Oceanic Records of Rapid Climate Change

Jeff Severinghaus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Abrupt Climate Change Inferred from Thermally-Fractionated Gases in Polar Ice

 Learning and Memory

Organizer: Gary Ruvkun, Massachusetts General Hospital

Chair: Jerry Yin, Cold Spring Harbor

Speakers:

Erin Schuman, California Institute of Technology
Plasticity of Synapses in the Brain

James Thomas, University of Washington
Toward a Molecular Basis for Learning and Memory

 Mathematical Modeling of the Stock Market

Organizer: Jennifer Chayes. Microsoft Research

Chair: Doyne Farmer, Prediction Company

Speakers:

David Shaw, DE Shaw Associates
Computational Finance

Andrew Lo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Three P’s of Total Risk Management

 Morphological Innovation and Developmental Genetics

Organizer: Charles Marshall, University of California, Los Angeles

Chair: Charles Marshall, University of California, Los Angeles

Speakers:

Nipam H. Patel, University of Chicago
The Evolution of Animal Body Plans

John Doebley, University of Minnesota
Genetics and the Evolution of Plant Form

 Neurodegenerative Disease

Organizer: Charles L. Brooks, Scripps Research Institute

Chair: Edward Koo, University of California at San Diego

Speakers:

Jeffery Kelly, Scripps Research Institute
Biophysical Studies Suggest a New Small Molecule Therapeutic Strategy
for Intervention in Human Amyloid Disease

Peter T. Lansbury, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Center for Neurologic Diseases
Structural Neurology: the Molecular Mechanism of Fibril Formation by the Amyloid Protein

 Quantum Conductors in a Plane

Organizer: Philip Phillips, University of Illinois

Chair: Philip Phillips, University of Illinois

Speakers:

Subir Sachdev, Yale University
Quantum Phase Transitions

Sergey Kravchenko, Northeastern University
Unexpected Insulator-Conductor Transition in Two-Dimensional Metals

Ali Yazdani, University of Illinois
Quantum Motion of Electron Pairs in Flatland

 

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