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Ninth German-American Symposium

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

June 5-7, 2003
Irvine, California


 Timing in the Brain

Organizers: Karl Kandler and Cornelius Weiller

Chair: Dean Buonomano, University of California, Los Angeles


Guo-Qiang Bi, University of Pittsburgh
Spike-timing-dependent Synaptic Plasticity

Benedikt Grothe, Max Planck Institute für Neurobiologie
How Auditory Systems Process Microseconds

 Star and Planet Formation

Organizers: Robert Lupton and Matthias Bartlemann

Chair: Ralf Klessen, Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam
Star and Planet Formation


Sabine Frink, Astronomisches Recheninstitut Heidelberg
Observations of Extrasolar Planets

Gregory Laughlin, Lick Observatory, Santa Cruz
Extrasolar Planets and the Evolution of the Solar System

 Nanomaterials/Molecular Electronics

Organizers: David Patrick and Michael Schreckenberg and Kay Severin

Chair: Paul S. Weiss, Pennsylvania State University
Exploiting Intermolecular Interactions for Nanoscale Control


Francesca Moresco, Freie Universitat Berlin
Manipulation of Large Molecules by Low Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Model Systems for Molecular Electronics

Paula Hammond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Coral Reef

Organizers: Shawn McLaughlin and Gerrit Lohmann

Chair: Claudio Richter, University of Bremen, Center for Tropical Marine Ecology


Andrew Baker, Columbia University, Wildlife Conservation Society
Reef Corals As Flexible Multi-Partner Symbioses:Can Coral Reefs Survive Projected Climate Change and Global Warming

Christina A. Kellogg, United States Geological Survey
From Desert Dunes to Caribbean Corals: The Effects of African Dust

 Probing Space-time Structure near Black Holes

Organizers: Robert Lupton and Matthias Bartlemann

Chair: Chris Reynolds, University of Maryland
Probing Space-Time Structure Near Black Holes


Neil Cornish, University of Montana
Probing Black Holes Using Gravitational Waves

Joern Wilms, University of Tübingen
X-ray Observations of Strong Gravity from Active Galactic Nuclei

 Molecular Motors/Biomotors

Organizers: Koen Visscher and Michael Schreckenberg

Chair: Matthias Rief, Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München


Frank Jülicher, Max Planck Institut für Physik komplexer Systeme
Force and Motion Generation in Cells

Steven Gross, University of California, Irvine

 Polymers with Memory

Organizers: David Patrick and Kay Severin

Chair: Borje Sellergren, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Polymers with Memory


Michel R. Gagné, The University of North Carolina
Polymers with Memory: Accelerating Reaction Rates with Imprinted Polymers

David A. Spivak, Louisiana State University
How do Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Work? The Underlying Mechanisms for Molecular Recognition in MIPs

 Biology of Aging

Organizers: Renee A. Reijo and Joerg Gromoll

Chair: Eugene Xu, University of California, San Francisco
The Biology of Aging


Nico Michiels, University Münster
How Sexuality Cures Aging Populations: The Good News and The Bad News

Ting-Ting Huang, Stanford University and Palo Alto VA Health System
Oxidative Stress and How it Affects the Aging Process


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