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 18th Annual U.S. Symposium

November 2-4, 2006
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 Evolutionary Origins of Human Cognition and Behavior

Organizer: Todd Preuss, Emory University

Chair:
Evolutionary Origins of Human Cognition and Behavior
Daniel J. Povinelli, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Speakers:
The Evolution of Cultural Evolution
Richard McElreath, University of California, Davis
Searching for Human Brain Specializations with Structural and Functional Neuroimaging
James K. Rilling, Emory University

 Extrasolar Planets

Organizer: Caitlin Griffith, University of Arizona

Chair:
Extrasolar Planets
Fred Adams, University of Michigan

Speakers:
What We Learn About the Birth of Our Own System of Planets from Studies of the Small Bodies in the Outer Solar System and an Example of How do we do it and What We'd Like to do Next
Michael E. Brown, California Institute of Technology
The Glactic Planetary Census
Gregory Laughlin, UCO/Lick Observatory, University of California Santa Cruz

 Prepare Immediately for Whatever Happens Next

Organizer: Christina Hulbe, Portland State University

Chair:
Climate Change and Human Civilization
Christina Hulbe, Portland State University

Speakers:
And the Reassuring Lies about Societal Adaptation: Is the U.S. the Next Akkadian Empire?
Susanne Moser, National Center for Atmospheric Research
An Inconvenient Climate: Lessons in the Dynamics of Regional Climate Changes from Past and Present-Day Examples
John Chiang, University of California, Berkeley

 Artificial Photosynthesis/Alternative Energy Sources

Organizer: Matt DeLisa, Cornell University

Chair:
Artificial Photosynthesis / Alternative Energy Sources
Elena Galoppini, Rutgers University

Speakers:
Solar Energy Conversion at Molecular-Semiconductor Interfaces
Gerald Meyer, Johns Hopkins University
Innovative Technologies for the Photoproduction of Renewable Hygrogen
Maria Ghirardi, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

 Frontiers in Population Biology Using Ancient DNA

Organizer: Jessica Hellmann, University of Notre Dame

Chair:
Frontiers in Population Biology Using Ancient DNA
Elizabeth Hadly, Stanford University

Speakers:
The Population History of Native Americans: Insight from Ancient DNA Analyses
Ripan Malhi, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Genetic Time Travel: What Ancient DNA Tells Us About the Past
Uma Ramakrishnan, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore

 How Many Dimensions Does the Universe Have?

Organizer: Vijay Balasubramanian, University of Pennsylvania

Chair:
How Many Dimensions Does the Universe Have?
Mark Trodden, Syracuse University

Speakers:
Extra Dimensions in String Theory
Gary Shiu, The University of Wisconsin, Madison
Testing Extra Dimensions
Jonathan Feng, University of California, Irvine

 Biometrics: Identity Technologies

Organizer: Juan Gilbert, Auburn University

Chair:
Biometrics: Identity Technologies
Damon L. Woodard, Clemson University

Speakers:
Biometrics: Putting Pattern Recognition to the Test?
Arun Ross, West Virginia University
Privacy by Design
Elaine Newton, National Institute of Standards and Technology

 Memory and Learning

Organizer: Blanka Rogina, University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center

Chair:
Memory and Learning
Alcino J. Silva, University of California, Los Angeles

Speakers:
How Sleep Affects Memory
Matthew P. Walker, Harvard Medical School
Memory Reactivation Durint Sleep
Matthew A. Wilson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

The Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences. Major support is provided by the Kavli Foundation, with additional funding from the National Academy of Sciences.

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