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Sixth German-American Symposium

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

June 8-10, 2000
Irvine, California


 Atom Laser/Bose-Einstein

Organizers: Mats Selen and Martina Havenith

Chair: Martin Wilkens University of Potsdam


Lene Vestergaard Hau, Harvard University and the Rowland Institute for Science

Mark Kasevich, Yale University

 Biological Surfaces

Organizers: Cassandra Fraser and Antonia Kesel

Chair: Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley


Laura Kiessling, University of Wisconsin
Manipulating Cellular Responses through Cell Surface Interactions

Christoph Neinhuis, Universität Bonn
The Plant Cuticle: Models, Hypotheses, New Information

 Black Holes

Organizers: Hans Walter Rix and Artie Hatzes

Chair: Bernd Bruegmann, Albert-Einstein-Institute, Golm


Andrea Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
Supermassive Black Holes at Galaxy Centers

Jochen Greiner, Astrophysical Institute Potsdam
Micro-quasars and Stellar-Mass Black Holes

 Brain Prostheses

Organizers: Anna Roe and Joachim Buhmann

Chair: Andrew B. Schwartz, The Neurosciences Institute


J.-Uwe Meyer, Fraunhofer IBMT
Towards the Development of Microelectronic Implants for Interfacing Neurons at Multiple Sites

Stefan Rotter, Universität Freiburg
Decoding Neuronal Activity Associated with Movement

 Global Climate Models Past and Present

Organizers: Bill Holt and Frank Mucklich

Chair: Martin Stute, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory


Gerrit Lohmann, Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorlogy
Global Climate Models - Past and Future

Amy Clement, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
The El Niño/Southern Oscillation: Past, Present, Future

 Pattern Formation in Granular Media

Organizers: Frank Mücklich and Mats Selen

Chair: Hans J. Herrmann, University of Stuttgart
Introduction to the Unusual Properties of Granular Materials


Hernan A. Makse, Schlumberger-Doll Research
Pattern Formation in Nature: Growing Order Out of Disorder

Gerald H. Ristow, Universitaet des Saarlandes
How Numerical Simulations Help to Understand Pattern Formation

 Random Matrices and Quantum Chaos

Organizers: Stefan Müller and Bill Holt

Chair: Thomas Kriecherbauer, University of Munich


Jens Marklof, University of Bristol
Quantum Chaos

Alexander Soshnikov, California Institute of Technology
Universality in Random Matrix Ensembles

 Single Molecules

Organizers: Viola Vogel and Martina Havenith

Chair: Thomas Basché, Universitat Mainz


Shuming Nie, Indiana University
Optical Detection and Spectroscopy of Single Molecules

Julio Fernandez, Mayo Clinic in Rochester
The Micro-Mechanics of Single Proteins Studied with AFM and Molecular Biology


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