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Eighth German-American Symposium

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

June 6-8, 2002
Irvine, California


 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


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


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


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


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


Alois Knoll, Technische Universität München
Service Robotics and Adaptation

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


Organizers: Gerrit Lohmann and Chris McKay

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


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


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


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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