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Sixth Japanese-American Symposium

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - U.S. National Academy of Sciences

December 8-10, 2003
Kanagawa, Japan


 Biological Function of Sleep

Organizers: Alfredo Kirkwood, Shigeo Okabe, and Atsushi Iriki

Chair: Sean Drummond, University California, San Diego
The Effects of Sleep Loss on Brain Function


Gina R. Poe, University of Michigan

Takao K. Hensch, Brain Science Institute, RIKEN
Sleep and Plasticity: Reciprocal Interaction in the Visual System

 Microorganisms in Extremes/Microbial Ecology

Organizers: Roger Brent, Shigeo Okabe and Atsushi Iriki

Chair: Jeff Lawrence, University of Pittsburgh


Jonathan Eisen, The Institute for Genomic Research

Ken Takai, Japan Marine Science & Technology Center
Mode of Microbial Ecosystem in Extreme Environments Associated with Geological, Geochemical and Peleoenvironmental Settings

 Neutrino Astronomy

Organizers: Shinji Tsuneyuki and Eric Weeks

Chair: Takaaki Kajita, University of Tokyo


Steven Barwick, University of California
The Search for Astrophysical Neutrinos at the Energy Frontiers

Masayuki Nakahata, The University of Tokyo
Supernova and Solar Neutrinos

 Photonic Crystals

Organizers: Hiroaki Misawa, Yukio Ouchi and Eric Weeks

Chair: Toshihiko Baba, Yokohama National University


David J. Norris, University of Minnesota
Self-Assembled Photonic Band Gap Crystals

Susumu Noda, Kyoto University
Photonic Crystals: Recent Progress


Organizers: Adam Sobel, Yoshimichi Sato and Masayuki Numao

Chair: Tapio Schneider, California Institute of Technology


Gregory Beroza, Stanford University
Earthquake Prediction

Kiyoshi Izumi, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Can We Predict Financial Markets? – Scenario Analysis by an Artificial Market Approach

 Quantum Computers/Cryptography

Organizers: Shinji Tsuneyuki and Tandy Warnow

Chair: Umesh Vazirani, University of California, Berkeley
Quantum Computation and the Modified Church-Turing Thesis


Dorit Aharanov, Hebrew University
Adiabatic Quantum Computation

Shigeki Takeuchi, Hokkaido University
Quantum Information Processing Using Photons

 Small Inhibitory RNAs

Organizers: Hiroaki Misawa and Roger Brent

Chair: Hiroaki Tabara, National Institute of Genetics
RNA Interference: OFF Switch for Gene Expression in Eukaryotes


Haruhiko, Siomi, University of Tokushima
RNA interference (RNAi): A New Mechanism by which the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein Acts in the Normal Brain?

Gregory Hannon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
RNAi: Mechanism and Application

 Solid-Fluid Interactions of the Earth

Organizers: Satoshi Ide and Adam Sobel

Chair: Shingo Watada, University of Tokyo


Frank Webb, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Solid-Fluid Interactions of the Earth from Space Geodesy

Naoki Kobayashi, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Hum of the Earth


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