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Ninth Japanese-American Symposium

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

December 8-10, 2006
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Meditation and the Brain

Organizers: Blythe Corbett and Katsuyuki Sakai

Chair:
Meditation and the Brain
Linda Carlson, University of Calgary

Speakers:
Using the Mind to Change the Brain
Sara Lazar, Harvard University
Traditional Asian Wisdom on Controlling Fundamental Brain Functions: Neurobiological Approach to Altered States of Consciousness
Manabu Honda, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry

 Climate Change

Organizers: Mie Ichihara and Arjun Heimsath

Chair:
Holocene Climate and the Sun: Weak Forcing, Stront Response
Peter B. deMenocal, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Speakers:
Climate Chagne and Ocean Circulation
Andreas Schmittner, Oregon State University
Glacial / Interglacial Climate Simulated with a Climate Model and an Ice Sheed Model
Ayako Abe-Ouchi, The University of Tokyo

 DNA Based Nanosystems

Organizers: Masami Hagiya and Dana Randall

Chair:
DNA Based Robotics
Milan Stojanovic, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

Speakers:
Self-Assembling Systems
Satoshi Murata, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Algorithmic Self-Assembly of DNA
Erik Winfree, California Institute of Technology

 Slow Light

Organizers: Kae Nemoto and Jens Gundlach

Chair:
Slow Light
Toshihiro Nakanishi, Kyoto University

Speakers:
Ultra-Slow Light in Bose-Einstein Condensates: Shocking Matter and Transformiing Light
Lene Vestergaard Hau, Harvard University
Slow Light: Its Application to Quantum Memory
Mikio Kozuma, Tokyo Institute of Technology

 Extreme Photonics

Organizer: Yasayuki Tsuboi and David Norris

Chair:
Extreme Photonics
Kazutaka Nakamura, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Speakers:
Terahertz (THz) Wave Applications
Kodo Kawase, Nagoya University
Ultrafast Atomic Motions During Chemical and Physical Processes and Cancer Imaging with Partially Coherent X-ray Sources
Christoph Rose-Petruck, Brown University

 Single Molecule Nano-Biology

Organizers: Yoshihiro Kubo and Rachel Green

Chair:
Single Molecule Nano-Biology
Takayuki Nishizaka, Gakushuin University

Speakers:
Single Molecule Observations of Structural Changes in a "Walking" Motor Protein
Michio Tomishige, The University of Tokyo

Visualizing DNA Repair Proteins in Action
Eric Greene, Columbia University

 Chemical Biology

Organizers: Tohru Yoshihisa and Dirk Trauner

Chair:
Chemical Biology
Carolyn Bertozzi, University of California, Berkeley

Speakers:
Chemical Biology of Gene Expression
Motonari Uesugi, Kyoto University
Chemical Biology
Tom Muir, Rockefeller University

 Evolution of Modern Humans

Organizers: Barry Rollett and Taisei Kaizoji

Chair:
Isolation, Migration and Cultural Adaptation During Recent Human Evolution
Joanna Mountain, Stanford University

Speakers:
The Jomon Culture of Japan in the Perspective of Human Evolution
Minoru Yoneda, The University of Tokyo
The Origin of the Lapita Cultural Complex: Analyses of mtDNA from "long" and "short" pigs
J. Koji Lum, Binghamton University

 

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