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10th Japanese-American Symposium

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

December 1-3, 2007
Kanagawa, Japan 

Sessions:

 Detecting Gravitational Waves 

Organizers: Rachel Bean and Kae Nemoto

Chair:
Gravitational-wave Detection and Astronomy
Patrick Brady, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Speakers:
Opening a New Window onf the Universe: Gravitational-Wave Sources
Alessandra Buonanno, University of Maryland

Detecting Gravitational Waves
Masatake Ohashi, University of Tokyo

 Frontiers in Optical Materials 

Organizers: David Norris and Koji Hatanaka

Chair:
Frontiers in Optical Materials
Teri Odom, Northwestern University
 
Speakers:
Chemistry Based Next Generation Solar Cells
Yasuhiro Tachibana, Osaka University
Electromagnetic Metamaterials
David R. Smith, Duke University

 Habitability of Planets 

Organizers: Minoru Yoneda and Arjun Heimsath

Chair:
Habitability of Planets
Eiichiro Kokubo, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Speakers:
Habitability of Planets
George Hashimoto, Kobe University
Volatiles and Habitability on Evolving Terrestrial Planets
Taylor Perron, Harvard University

 Influenza 

Organizers: Katie Peichel and Yoshihiro Kubo

Chair:
Evolution of Influenza A Viruses
Joshua Plotkin, University of Pennsylvania

Speakers:
Exploration and Innovation in the Evolution of Influenza
Katia Koelle, Duke University
The Molecular Mechanisms that Allow Avian Influenza Viruses to Infect Humans
Kyoko Shinya, Tottori University 

 Network Dynamics and Traffic Control: Jamming and Flow

Organizers: Raissa D'Souza and Misako Takayasu

Chair:
Network Dynamics and Traffic Control: Jamming and Flow
Dimitris Achlioptas University of California, Santa Cruz

Speakers:
Jammology: Physics of Self-Drive Particle - Toward a Solution of All Jams
Katsuhiro Nishinari, The University of Tokyo

Jennifer M. Schwarz, Syracuse University 

 New Concepts in Synthetic Chemistry 

Organizers: Motonari Uesugi and Tom Muir

Chair:
New Concepts in Synthetic Chemistry
Masayuki Inoue, The University of Tokyo

Speakers:
New Concepts in Organic Synthesis - Toward Innovation in the Organic Electronics
Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Nagoya University
Diverse Peptide-Based Catalysts for Diverse Organic Reactions
Scott Miller, Yale University

 Origins of Human Speech

Organizers: Barry Rolett and Minoru Yoneda

Chair:
Origin of Human Speech
Kazuo Okanoya, RIKEN

Speakers:
Recent Origin for Modern Human Speech Capabilities
Robert McCarthy, Florida Atlantic University
Uniquely Human Language Processing
Kuniyoshi Sakai, The University of Tokyo

 Synthetic Biology 

Organizers: Masami Hagiya, Kenzo Hirose and Linda Carlson

Chair:
Synthetic Biology
Hiroki Ueda, RIKEN

Speakers:
How does Fluctuation Facilitate Adaptation?
Tetsuya Yomo, Osaka University
Towards in vivo Cellular Automata
Yaakov (Kobi) Benenson, Harvard University

 

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