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Eighth German-American Symposium

Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 6-8, 2002
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Stem Cells and Morphogenesis

Organizers: Renee Reijo Pera and Jurgen Wehland

Chair: Meri Firpo, University of California, San Francisco
Derivation and Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells

Speakers:

Jorg Grommoll, Westfälische Wilhems-University Münster
Spermatogonia - The Prime Target for Curing Male Infertility

Stefan Schlatt, Westfälische Wilhems-University Münster

 The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Organizers: David Weinberg and Matthias Bartelmann

Chair: Robert Lupton, Princeton University

Speakers:

Daniel Eisenstein, University of Arizona
Mapping the Large-Scale Structure in the Universe with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Eva Grebel, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg
Looking for Fossil Remnants of the Formation of our Galaxy: The Structure of the Milky Way and Its Satellites

 Controlled Macromolecular Synthesis and Hierarchically Structured Assemblies

Organizers: Cassandra Fraser and Regina de Vivie-Riedle

Chair: Harm-Anton Klok, Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research
Engineering “Plastics” for Advanced Applications:Controlled Macromolecular Synthesis and Hierarchical Structure Formation

Speakers:

Geoff Coates, Cornell University
Synthesis of Biodegradable Polymers from Renewable Resources

Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell University
Interfacing Soft and Solid State Materials

 Normal and Abnormal Development of Language

Organizers: Karl Kandler and Cornelius Weiller

Chair: Beverly Wright, Northwestern University
Nonlinguistic Perceptual Impairments Associated with Learning Problems

Speakers:

David Perkel, University of Washington
Song Learning In Birds as A Model for Human Speech Learning

Christian Büchel, Universität Hamburg
The Importance of Brain Connectivity for Speech and Language

 Robots that Learn

Organizers: Helge Ritter and Walter Willinger

Chair: Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California
Real-Time Learning in Humanoid Robots

Speakers:

Alois Knoll, Technische Universität München
Service Robotics and Adaptation

Cynthia Breazeal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social Skills for Robots that Learn from People

 Culture-Climate-Catastrophe

Organizers: Gerrit Lohmann and Chris McKay

Chair: Peter deMenocal, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Holocene Climate Variability: Modes, Mechanisms, and Cultural Impacts

Speakers:

Daniel Sandweiss, University of Maine
El Niño Variability and Early Civilization in Coastal Peru

Gerald Haug, ETH Zurich
El Niño, Climate, And Societies

 Insect Flight

Organizer: Julio Fernandez

Chair: James Marden, Pennsylvania State University

Speakers:

Fritz-Olaf Lehman, University of Wuerzburg
Force Production by Flapping Biofoils

James Marden, Pennsylvania State University
Diverse Insights from Studies of Insect Flight Motors

 Extinction of Small Populations

Organizers: Florian Jeltsch and Chris McKay

Chair: Volker Grimm, Center for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle
Dealing with the Extinction Crisis: Population Viability Analysis

Speakers:

William F. Fagan, Arizona State University
Theoretical Dimensions of Practical Conservation Biology

Ilse Storch, Technische Universität München
Survival in Fragmented Landscapes: Challenges for Biodiversity Conservation

 

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