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16th Annual U.S. Symposium

November 4-6, 2004
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Aging and Cellular Senescence

Organizer: Sarah Woodson

Chair: Blanka Rogina, University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center
Aging and Cellular Senescence

Speakers:

Gordon Lithgow, The Buck Institute
A Simple Animal for a Complex Question; The Limits of a Microscopic Nematode’s Lifespan

Marc Tatar, Brown University
Endocrine Control of Aging

 Are the Ice Sheets Contributing to Sea Level Rise?

Organizer: Mary-Elena Carr

Chair: Ian Joughin, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Are the Ice Sheets Contributing to Sea Level Rise?

Speakers:

Christina Hulbe, Portland State University
Giant Ice Sheet Threatens Globe (Or Maybe Not):
Numerical Models As Tools For Understanding Ice Sheet Behavior

Sarah B. Das, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Are the Ice Sheets Contributing to Sea Level Rise?
Temporal Context, Time-Scales, and Clues Within the Ice

 Beyond Squish: The New Science of Colloids

Organizer: Bern Kohler

Chair: Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan
From Squish to Self-Assembly: The New Science and Engineering of Colloids

Speakers:

David W. M. Marr, Colorado School of Mines
Colloids for Micro- and Nanotechnology

John C. Crocker, University of Pennsylvania

 Computational Analysis of Social Networks

Organizer: Avrim Blum

Chair: Michael Kearns, University of Pennsylvania
Computer Science, Economics and Networks

Speakers:

Duncan Watts, Columbia University
Networks, Search, and The Small-World Problem

Tim Roughgarden, University of California at Berkeley
Selfish Routing and the Price of Anarchy

 From Quarks to Cosmos

Organizer: Licia Verde

Chair: Vijay Balasubramanian, University of Pennsylvania
From Quarks to Cosmos

Speakers:

William H. Kinney, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
The Inflationary Universe

Laura Baudis, University of Florida
Underground Searches For Dark Matter Particles

 Life off Earth

Organizer: Josh Klein

Chair: Edwin Bergin, University of Michigan
Life Off Earth

Speakers:

Paul Butler, Carnegie Institute
Extrasolar Planets: The Next Decade

James Bell, Cornell University

 Origin of Language

Organizer: Stephanie White

Chair: Marco Iacoboni, University of California, Los Angeles
Origin of Language

Speakers:

Jianzhi George Zhang, University of Michigan
Evolutionary Genetics of Human Speech/Language Emergence

Amanda Miller-Ockhuizen, Cornell University
Evolutionary Advantages and Disadvantages of Click Consonants

 Tree of Life

Organizer: Cameron Currie

Chair: David M. Hillis, University of Texas, Austin
The Tree of Life

Speakers:

Maureen A. O’Leary, Stony Brook University

Bret Larget, University of Wisconsin at Madison
The Challenge of Estimating the Tree of Life from Molecular Data

 

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