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15th Annual U.S. Symposium

November 6-8, 2003
Irvine, California


 Machine Learning

Organizer: Partha Niyogi

Chair: Robert Schapire, Princeton University
A Brief Introduction to Modern Machine Learning


Avrim Blum, Carnegie Mellon University
Some Basic Issues in Concept Learning and Generalization

Tommi Jaakkola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Learning, Inference, and Structure


Organizer: Barbara Shinn-Cunningham

Chair: Kamal Sen, Boston University
Birdsong: from Behavior to Neuron


Stephanie A. White, University of California, Los Angeles

Michale Fee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Climate Variability and Change and Marine Fish Populations

Organizer: Michael Mann

Chair: Nathan Mantua, University of Washington


Mary Elena Carr, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Environmental Determinants of Small Pelagic Fisheries in Eastern Boundary Currents

Daniel Schindler, University of Washington
Local Adaptation and Climate Change: Can Organisms Keep Up?

 RNA Epigenetics

Organizer: Sarah Woodson

Chair: Greg Hannon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Jeannie T. Lee, HHMI, Massachusetts General Hospital
Regulation of X-chromosome Inactivation by Non-coding RNA Elements

Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Transposable Elements, RNA Interference and the Origin of Heterochromatin

 Frontiers in Cosmological Physics

Organizer: Lyman Page

Chair: Sean Carroll, University of Chicago
Gravitational Waves and the Cosmological Constant


John Ruhl, Case Western Reserve University
Using the Cosmic Microwave Background to detect Gravity Waves in the Early Universe

Licia Verde, Pennsylvania State University
Dark Energy and How to Constrain it with the Cosmic Microwave Background

 Neutrino Physics

Organizer: Marc Kamionkowski

Chair: Janet Conrad, Columbia University
Neutrinos Matter


Josh Klein, University of Texas, Austin
Neutrinos from the Sun

Kate Scholberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Neutrinos from the Sky and Through the Earth

 Molecular Electronics

Organizer: Bern Kohler

Chair: James R. Heath, California Institute of Technology


Hongkun Park, Harvard University
Transport and Scanned Probe Investigations of Chemical Nanostructures

Mark Hersam, Northwestern University
Silicon-based Molecular Electronics

 Chemical Ecology

Organizer: Jo Handelsman

Chair: Michael Huffmann, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
The Evolution of Self-Medication in the Animal Kingdom


Cameron Currie, Kansas University
Ants, Agriculture, and Antibiotics

Beth Lazazzera, University of California, Los Angeles
Mechanism of Cell-Cell Signaling by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis


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