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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



Organizers: Frank Mücklich and Viola Vogel

Chair: Michael Dickinson, University of California, Berkeley


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


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


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


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?


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


Organizers: Brad Clement and Ruth Knoche

Chair: Brad Clement, Florida International University


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


Organizers: Mats Selen and Roland Fischer

Chair: Dave Besson, University of Kansas


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


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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