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16th German-American Symposium

Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung - U.S. National Academy of Sciences

June 2-5, 2010
Potsdam, Germany

Sessions:

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 Biological Freudianism: Long-Lasting Effects of Environmental Factors Through Influences on the Epigenome

Organizers: Gunter Meister, Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry and Jens Walter, University of Nebraska

Introductory Speaker:
Biological Freudianism: Long-Lasting Effects of Environmental Factors Through Influences on the Epigenome
Robert Waterland, Baylor College of Medicine

Speakers:
Epigenetics and the Transgenerational Impact of the Social Environment
Frances Champagne, Columbia University
More Than a Scaffold – Deciphering How Packaging of the Genome Controls Its Readout
Wolfgang Fischle, Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany

 Evolution of Infectious Disease

Organizers: Thomas DeMarse, University of Florida and Dirk Haller, Technical University of Munich

Introductory Speaker:
Introduction to the Evolution of Infectious Diseases Section: Forecasting Pathogen Emergence
Kathryn Hanley, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA

Speakers:
Anthropod-Borne Virus Evolution
Kathryn Hanley, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA
A Dimensionless Number for Understanding and Anticipating the Evolution of Viral Diseases
Katia Koelle, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

 Freshwater Resources on the Brink

Organizers: Gregor Rehder, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde, Germany, and Charlie Zender, University of California, Ivine, USA

Introductory Speaker:
Challenges and Limitations in Global Water Research
Lucas Menzel, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Speakers:
Water Politics in the 21st Century
Juliet Christian-Smith, Pacific Institute, Oakland, CA, USA
Implications of Climate Change and Socio-Economic Development on Future States of Global Freshwater Resources
Frank Voß, University of Kassel, Germany

 In Vivo Imaging and Control of Neural Networks: Watching the Brain in Action

Organizers: Alexander Gail, German Primate Center, Göttingen, Germany, and Donna Maney, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Introductory Speaker:
In Vivo Imaging and Control of Neural Networks: Watching the Brain in Action
Edward Boyden, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, USA

Speakers:
Lights, Cameras, Action: Probing the Nervous System with Light
Ehud Isacoff, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Releasing the Hounds: Imaging Activity in Neuronal Populations in the Freely Moving Animal
Jason Kerr, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany

 Invasion Biology of Alien Species

Organizers: Jürgen Geist, Technical University of Munich, Germany, and Beth Shapiro, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA

Introductory Speaker:
Invasion Biology of Alien Species
Ingolf Kühn, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research, Halle Germany

Speakers:
Addressing General Questions on Invasive Species
Jonathan Jeschke, University of Munich, Germany
Combining Ecology and Economics to Address Invasive Species
Reuben Keller, University of Chicago, IL, USA

 Mathematical Modeling in Material Sciences

Organizers: Chad Jenkins, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA, and Angela Stevens, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Introductory Speaker:
Mathematical Modeling in Material Sciences
Sergio Conti, University of Bonn, Germany

Speakers:
The Spread of Randomness
Jonathan Mattingly, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Grains, Boundary Motion, and Energy Landscapes
Matthias Röger, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

 Novel Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion

Organizers: Stefanie Dehnen, University of Marburg, Germany, and Aaron Dinner, University of Chicago, IL, USA

Introductory Speaker:
Novel Materials for Energy Storage and Conversion
Jeffrey Long, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Speakers:
Fuel Cell Development at Nissan Motor Company
Kev Adjemian, Nissan Technical Center North America, USA
Porous Materials for Energy Storage
Stefan Kaskel, Technical University of Dresden, Germany

 Quantum Computing or: “Quantum Chat Room”

Organizers: Regine von Klitzing, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, and Janna Levin, Columbia University, New York, USA

Introductory Speaker:
Quantum Computers and Quantum Information Science
Piet Brouwer, Free University of Berlin, Germany

Speakers:
Concepts for Quantum Computing in Condensed Matter
Manfred Bayer, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
Topological Electronic Phases and Quantum Computation
Gil Refael, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

The German-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Major support is provided by the Kavli Foundation, with additional funding from the National Academy of Sciences.

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