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Third Indo-American Symposium

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

March 1-4, 2009
Agra, India

Sessions:

 Atmospheric Haze

Organizers: Mike Bergin and Anindya Sarkar

Chair:
Atmospheric Haze
S. Suresh Babu, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

Speakers:
Aerosol’s Climatic impacts over Indian Region
Sachchida Nand Tripathi, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Quantifying the Sources of Atmospheric Haze and the Associated Impacts
James J. Schauer, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 Bioinspired Chemistry

Organizers: A. Ajayaghosh and Greg Weiss

Chair:
Bioinspired Chemistry
Jonathan Wilker, Purdue University

Speakers:

First Blueprint, Now Bricks: DNA is Construction Material on the Nanoscale
Yamuna Krishnan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Bioinspired Molecules: From Protein Chemistry to Drug Design
G. Mugesh, Indian Institute of Science

 Cellular Mechanisms for Encoding Information

Organizers: Rob Mitra and L.S. Shashidhara

Chair:
Cellular Mechansms for Encoding Information
Vishwanath Iyer, The University of Texas at Austin

Speakers:
The Third Dimension of Gene Regulation: It’s All in the Looping!
Sanjeev Galande, National Centre for Cell Science

Examining Cell Division Mechanisms using Chemical Biology
Tarun Kapoor, Rockefeller University

 Infection and Cognition

Organizers: Leigh Hochberg and Vasantha Padma

Chair:
Bugs and the Brain
Prabha S. Chandra, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences

Speakers:
A Big Role for Small Vessels in the Brain: Cerebral Amyloid, Vascular Dysfunction, Inflammation, and Cognitive Impairment
Anand Viswanathan, Massachusetts General Hospital

Cognitive Defects in HIV-1/AIDS Patients: Are Indian AIDS Patients Any Different?
Pankaj Seth, National Brain Research Center

 Particle Physics at the Energy and Intensity Frontiers

Organizers: Bonnie Fleming and Sanjay Puri

Chair:
Particle Physics at the Energy and Intensity Frontiers
Andre de Gouvea, Northwestern University

Speakers:
Niki Saoulidou, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Physics at the 10^-18 M Scale
Debajyoti Choudhury, Delhi University

 String Theory and Geometry

Organizers: Sujatha Ramadorai and Ken Perlin

Chair:
String Theory and Spacetime
Rajesh Gopakumar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute

Speakers:
Fluid Dynamics from Gravity
Shiraz Minwalla, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Cosmology, String Theory and Beyond
Stephon Alexander, Haverford College


 The Changing Brain

Organizers: Molly Cummings and Apurva Sarin

Chair:
Neuroplasticity—A Lifelong Dialogue between your Brain and the Environment
Vidita A. Vaidya, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research

Speakers:
Neural Plasticity and Brain Repair Mechanisms
B.S.Shankaranarayana Rao, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences

Memories of a Fly: What would Aristophones think?
Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 Unraveling the Tiny Wrinkles in Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation: Determining the past and Future Evolution of the Universe

Organizers: Yashwant Gupta and Chris Reynolds

Chair:
Unraveling the tiny wrinkles in Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation: Determining the Past and Future evolution of the Universe
Jasjeet Singh Bagla, Harish-Chandra Research Institute

Speakers:

Cosmic Saga encrypted in the Cosmic Microwave Background
Tarun Souradeep, Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics (IUCAA)

The Physics of CMB Anisotropy
Wayne Hu, University of Chicago

 

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