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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

Sessions:

 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

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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

Susumu Noda, Kyoto University
Photonic Crystals: Recent Progress

 Prediction/Predictability

Organizers: Adam Sobel, Yoshimichi Sato and Masayuki Numao

Chair: Tapio Schneider, California Institute of Technology

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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

Speakers:

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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