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21st Annual U.S. Symposium on Frontiers of Science

November 12-14, 2009
Irvine, California

Sessions:

Antibiotic Resistance

Organizers: Vanessa Sperandio, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and and Scott Silverman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chair:
Antibiotic Resistance
Eric Brown, McMaster University

Speakers:
Overcoming Antibacterial Biological Approaches
Deborah Hung, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Revamping Drug Discovery Using Insights from Natural Product Molecules
Derek Tan, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Game Theory, Economic Modeling, and Economic Regulation from a Computational Perspective

Organizer: Anna Lysyanskaya, Brown University

Chair:
Game Theory, Economic Modeling, and Economic Regulation from a Computational Perspective
Robert D. Kleinberg, Cornell University

Speakers:
Game Dynamics and Network Structure
Amin Saberi, Stanford University
The Scope and Design of Market Mechanisms
Ilya R. Segal, Stanford University

Geoengineering

Organizer: Victoria Meadows, University of Washington

Chair:
Geoengineering
Eli Kintisch, Science

Speakers:
The Case for Geoengineering Research
David Keith, University of Calgary
Can Geoengineering Save Us From A Climate Catastrophe?
Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington

Holography

Organizer: Emanuel Katz, Boston University

Chair:
Holography
Juan Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study

Speakers:
Viscosity, Black Holes, and Holography
Dam Thanh Son, University of Washington
How to Get a Superconductor out of a Black Hole
Chris P. Herzog, Princeton University

MicroRNA

Organizer: Andy Dillin, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Chair:
MicroRNAs
Frank Slack, Yale University

Speakers:
MicroRNAs: The Big Impact of Small RNAs on Gene Expression
Amy E. Pasquinelli, University of California, San Diego
MicroRNAs Erase Your First Maternal Link
Antonio Giraldez, Yale University

  Our Hot and Uncertain Future: Is Adaptation to Climate Change Possible?

Organizer: Hallie Eakin, Arizona State University

Chair:
Our Hot and Uncertain Future: Is Adaptation to Climate Change Possible?
Don Nelson, University of Georgia

Speakers:
Community-Based Adaptation: From Passive Victims to Active Agents
Petra Tschakert, Penn State University
Managing a Transformed Planet: New Paradigms for Conservation in an Era of Global Warming
Jessica Hellmann, University of Notre Dame

  Sex Differences in the Brain

Organizer: Michael Nader, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Chair:
Sex Differences in the Brain
Wendy J. Lynch, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center

Speakers:
Why Sex Matters in the Study of the Brain Health: Investigating the Role of Gender, Sex Hormones and their Impact in Disease, Brain Plasticity, and Behavior
Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia
Functional Cortical Alterations in Children and Adolescents at Genetic Risk for Schizophrenia: Gender Effects?
Aysenil Belger, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Understanding Dark Matter

Organizers: Emanuel Katz, Boston University and Victoria Meadows, University of Washington

Chair:
Understanding Dark Matter
David E. Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University

Speakers:
The Formation of Dark Matter Structures in the Universe
Risa H. Wechsler, Stanford University
Hints (?) of Dark Matter
Neal Weiner, New York University

 

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