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17th German-American Symposium

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

April 9-11, 2011
Irvine, California


 Climate Change and Biodiversity: Paradise Lost or Found?

Organizers: Gregor Rehder and Charlie Zender

Introductory Speaker:

Climate Change and Biodiversity: Paradise Lost or Found?
Peter Wilf, Pennsylvania State University


The Biodiversity and Biogeography of Prochlorococcus: The Dominant Photosynthetic Microbe in a Globally Changing Ocean
Zackary Johnson, Duke University

Fish Being Fished in Waters Being Warmed: Revealing Climate-Driven Changes in the Productivity of Marine Fish Species
Myron Peck, Hamburg University

 Endocrine Disruptors

Organizers: Henner Hollert and Katia Koelle

Introductory Speaker:

20 Years of Endocrine Disrupter Research – What’s Next?
Markus Hecker, University of Saskatchewan


Is the Birth Control Pill an Effective Form of Reproduction for Wild Fish?
Karen Kidd, University of New Brunswick

Endocrine Disrupters in Sewage Effluents: Occurrence & Removal
Daniel Stalter, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

 Mathematics of Pattern and Structure

Organizers: Yoichiro Mori and Angela Stevens

Introductory Speaker:

Stability of Patterns
Margaret Beck, Boston University


Patterns in Systems with Hysteresis
Pavel Gurevich, Free University of Berlin

Pattern Formation by Energy Minimization
Cyrill Muratov, New Jersey Institute of Technology


Organizers: Alexander Gail and Donna Maney

Introductory Speaker:

Memory Storage in Distributed Cell Assemblies
Stefan Leutgeb, University of California, San Diego


Activity Dependent Synaptic Plasticity: Mechanisms and Function in Learning and Memory
Ingrid Ehrlich, Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience Tübingen

Linking Patterns of Neural Activity to Learning and Memory
Loren Frank, University of California, San Francisco

 Non-coding RNAs: Tiny Regulators with Great Potential

Organizers: Petra Dersch and Jens Walter

Introductory Speaker:

Non-coding RNAs: Tiny Regulators with Great Potential
Jens Kortmann, Ruhr-University Bochum


Novel Insights into the Gene Regulatory Potential of Messenger RNA Structures
Andreas Wachter, University of Tübingen

Global Identification and Analysis of Small RNAs that Regulate Virulence in Pathogenic Yersinia Species
Wyndham Lathem, University of Chicago

 Quantum Mechanics on the Macro-Scale

Organizers: Jack Harris and Ulrich Schwarz

Introductory Speaker:

Schrödinger's Cat in Modern-day Experiments
Florian Marquardt, University of Erlangen, Germany


Can Acoustics be Quantum?
Konrad Lehnert, JILA, University of Colorado

Probing the Wave-Particle Duality with Complex Molecules
Klaus Hornberger, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems

 Systems Chemistry and Functional Nanodevices

Organizers: Oliver Trapp and Krista Walton

Introductory Speaker:

Systems Chemistry and Functional Nanodevices – An Introduction
Heather D. Maynard, University of California, Los Angeles


New Concepts in Mass and Energy Transport within Carbon Nanotubes: Coherence Resonance Through Nanotube Pores and Thermopower Waves
Michael Strano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thin Layers – Big Effects: Self-assembled Monolayers as Functional Materials
Andreas Terfort, Frankfurt University

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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