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Second Indo-American Symposium

Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

January 18-20, 2007
Irvine, California

Sessions:

 The Magnetic Universe

Organizers: Sarah Gibson and Gautam Menon

Chair:
The Magnetic Universe
Chris Reynolds, University of Maryland

Speakers:
The "Magnetism" of Neutron Stars
Yashwant Gupta, National Center for Radio Astrophysics
The Magnetic Sun
Mark Miesch, National Center for Atmospheric Research

 Stress in Neurodegeneration

Organizers: Dora Kovacs and Shyamala Mani

Chair:
The Role of Global and Cellular Stress in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Huaxi Xu, Burnham Institute

Speakers:
Silent Synapses Speak Up In the Amygdala: “Good Plasticity” In a “Bad Neighborhood”
Sumantra Chattarji, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
The Role of Endoplasmic Reticulum: Stress in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Gopal Thinakaran, University of Chicago

 Systems Biology

Organizers: James Holden and L.S. Shasidhara

Chair:
Systems Biology
Adam Arkin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Speakers:
Network Biology: Understanding Emergent Complexity in Living Systems
Sitabhra Sinha, Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSC)
Protein Network Comparative Genomics
Trey Ideker, University of California, San Diego

 Molecular Architectures and Assemblies

Organizers: Sandeep Verma and Greg Weiss

Chair:
Exploring Non-Covalent Interactions for Creating Complex Molecular Architectures and Assemblies
S. Ramakrishnan, Indian Institute of Science

Speakers:
Molecular Architectures and Assemblies from Natural and Unnatural Amino Acids
James Nowick, University of California, Irvine
Molecular Self-assemblies with Tunable Size, Shape and Optical Properties
A. Ajayaghosh, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)

 Stimuli Responsive Materials

Organizer: Shrikant Joshi and Greg Weiss

Chair:
Responsive Interfaces and Materials
Jeffrey S. Moore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Speakers:
Functional Structures with Nanoscale Materials
Arun Chattopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
Molecular Design of Stimuli Responsive Polymers
Stephen Craig, Duke University

 Climate Connection

Organizers: Peter Girguis and Rajiv Sinha

Chair:
The Monsoon: From Mountain Building to Air Quality
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Central Washington University

Speakers:
Monsoon Induced Erosion and Recent Deformation in The Himalayan Mountain Belt
Malay Mukul, Center for Mathematical Modeling and Computer Simulation (CMMACS)
Air Quality and the Monsoon
Mike Bergin, Georgia Institute of Technology

 Algebra and Computation

Organizers: Sara Billey and Govindan Rangarajan

Chair:
Polynomails and Computation
Jaikumar Radhakrishnan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Speakers:
Numbers of Strange Kind and Their Applications
Manindra Agrawal, Indian Institute of Technology
Local Decoding of Polynomials and its Applications
Chris Umans, California Institute of Technology

 Macromolecular Machines

Organizers: L.S. Shasidhara and Greg Weiss

Chair:
Macromolecular Machines of the Biological World: An Insight into their Function
Rajan Sankaranarayanan, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB)

Speakers:
Learning Drug Design from Nature: the Amazing Molecular Machineries of Fatty Acid and Polyketide Mega-Synthases
Shiou-Chuan (Sheryl) Tsai, University of California, Irvine
Multienzymatic Catalysis in Natural Product Biosynthesis
Rajesh Gokhale, National Institute of Immunology

 

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