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Fifth German-American Symposium

German-American Academic Council Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 10-13, 1999
Potsdam, Germany

Sessions:

 Bionics

Organizers: Frank Mücklich and Viola Vogel

Chair: Michael Dickinson, University of California, Berkeley

Speakers:

Ulrike G.K. Wegst, Cambridge University
The Mechanical Efficiency of Natural Materials

Antonia B. Kesel, Universität des Saarlandes
Material, Structure, Function: The Biological System Insect Wing From an Engineers Point of View

 Carbon Nanotubes: From Macromolecules to Nanotechnology

Organizers: Roland Würschum and Viola Vogel

Chair: Pulickel M. Ajayan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Ultimate Carbon Architecture in Nanometer Space

Speakers:

Jean-Christophe Charlier, University of Louvain
Carbon Nanotube: The Ultimate Quantum Wire

Andrew G. Rinzler, University of Florida
Nanotube Applications: Present and Future

 Up Down, Left and Right - Developing Asymmetry in Biological Systems

Organizers: Daphne Preuss and Roland Fischer

Chair: Didier Stainier, University of California, San Francisco

Speakers:

Christof Niehrs, DKFZ-Heidelberg
Head Induction During Amphibian Embryogenesis

Piali Sengupta, Brandeis University
The Worm's Sense of Smell: Development of the Olfactory System in the Nematode C. Elegans

 Exoplanet/Proto-Planetary Systems

Organizers: Hans-Walter Rix, Philip Anfinrud and Ruth Knoche

Chair: Joan Najita, National Observatory, Tucson

Speakers:

William Benz, University of Bern
Planet Formation: Old and New Ideas

Artie Hatzes, University of Texas
Searching for and Discovering Planets Around Other Stars

 Image Recognition

Organizers: Stefan Muller and Philip Anfinrud

Chair: Joachim M. Buhmann, University of Bonn
Vision and Learning: Should we believe what our algorithms see?

Speakers:

Jitendra Malik, University of California, Berkeley
Computational Models of Visual Grouping

Pietro Perona, California Institute of Technology
Recognition of Object Classes via Photometry and Probabilistic Geometry

 Neotectonics

Organizers: Brad Clement and Ruth Knoche

Chair: Brad Clement, Florida International University

Speakers:

Bill Holt, State University of New York at Stonybrook
Quantifying the Kinematics and Dynamics of Large-Scale Continental Deformation

Robert McCaffrey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Measuring and Interpreting Strain at Tectonic Boundaries

 Neutrinos

Organizers: Mats Selen and Roland Fischer

Chair: Dave Besson, University of Kansas

Speakers:

Doug Cowen, University of Pennsylvania
Solar and Atmospheric Neutrinos and Evidence for Neutrino Oscillations

Christopher Wiebusch, DESY Institute for High-energy Physics Zeuthen
High Energy Neutrino Astronomy

 The Role of NO in Animal and Plant Defense Mechanisms

Organizers: Christiane Gatz and Daphne Preuss

Chair: Jane Glazebrook, Novartis Agricultural Discovery Insitute
Defense Signaling in Animals and Plants

Speakers:

J.S. Stamler, Duke University Medical Center
Hemoglobins and Nitrosative Stress

Jörg Durner, GSF - National Research Center for Environment and Health
Nitric Oxide: Key Player in Plant Immunity

 

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