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18th German-American Symposium

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

May 10-13, 2012
Potsdam, Germany


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Biofilms and Antibiotic Resistance

Organizers: Petra Dersch and Wyndham Lathem

Introductory Speaker:
Cities of Microbes
Daniel Lopez, Research Center for Infectious Diseases, Würzburg

Why are Bacterial Biofilms so Tolerant to Antimicrobial Treatment?
Matt Parsek, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington

Climate Extremes of our Planet

Organizers: Andreas Mulch and Zackary Johnson

Introductory Speaker:
Climate Extremes of our Planet
Mark Pagani, Yale University

Small Shifts, Large Impacts: Global Climate Change and Regional Hydrology
Enno Schefuß, MARUM, Bremen
Climate Change and Ocean Acidification: Lessons from the Past
Richard Zeebe, University of Hawaii


Organizers: Oliver Trapp and Krista Walton

Introductory Speaker:
Microfluidics – Where the Surface Dominates
Bettina Frohnapfel, Technical University Darmstadt

Geometric Patterning: Controlling Small-Scale Flows with Repeated Microstructures
Brian Kirby, Cornell University

Forces, Flows and Life on Small Scales
Sarah Köster, University of Göttingen

Phase Transitions

Organizers: Angela Stevens and Yoichiro Mori

Introductory Speaker:
Introductory Talk
Barbara Niethammer, University of Bonn, Germany

Hysteresis and the Critical Nucleus. The Austenite-to-Martensite Phase Transformation
Hans Knüpfer, Bonn University
Algorithmic Design of Self-Folding Polyhedra
Govind Menon, Brown University

Sleep and Oscillations

Organizers: Claudia Friedrich and Stefan Leutgeb

Introductory Speaker:
Sleep and Oscillations – Introductory Talk
David Raizen, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Using Fruit Flies to Study the Genetic Basis of Sleep Regulation
Bill Joiner, University of California, San Diego
Sleep, Cognition and State Dependent Modulation
Lisa Marshall, Lübeck University

Superresolution Microscopy: Breaking the diffraction barrier

Organizers: Ulrich Schwarz and Ania Bleszynski Jayich

Introductory Speaker:
Superresolution Microscopy: Breaking the Diffraction Barrier
Philip Tinnefeld, University of Braunschweig

Live-Cell Plasma Membrane Organization Studied with Super-Resolution STED Microscopy
Christian Eggeling, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen
Principles and Applications of Localization-Based Superresolution Microscopy (FPALM)
Sam Hess, University of Maine

Synthetic Biology - Different Scales

Organizers: Henner Hollert and Joseph Pomerening

Introductory Speaker:
Engineering at the Chemistry-Biology Interface: Revolutionary Advances in Applied Science from the Molecular-Level to the Global Ecosystem
Rachel A. Brennan, Penn State University

Bioremediation: Basic Science Meeting Applied Goals
Kevin T. Finneran, Clemson University
Bioengineering from Parts to Devices
Kristian Müller, Potsdam University

The German-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia are sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Major support is provided by the Kavli Foundation with additional support from the National Academy of Sciences.


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