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19th German-American Symposium

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

April 4-6, 2014
Irvine, California


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 Bio-mimicry – Bio-inspired Technical Solutions

Organizers:  Joseph Pomerening and Jens Mutke


An introduction to biomimetics
Kerstin Koch, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, FRG


Plants as concept generators for biomimetic lightweight structures
Tom Masselter, University of Freiburg, FRG

From Nature to Engineering: Bio-mimetic and Bio-inspired Materials
David Kisailus, University of California, Riverside, USA

 Bio-orthogonal Chemistry

Organizers: Jenifer Kohler and Michael Boysen


Chemistry in Living Systems
Jennifer Prescher, University of California, Irvine, USA


Deciphering neuronal and astroglial proteome dynamics with a 'click'
Daniela Dieterich, University of Magdeburg, FRG

New Chemical Tools to Generate Protein Based Materials
Matthew Francis, University of California, Berkeley, USA

 Cell-Cell Communication and Signaling

Organizers: Wyndham Lathem and Daniel Lopez


Cell-Cell Communication and Signaling
Mary O’Riordan, University of Michigan Medical School


Role of inflammasomes in regulating inflammatory diseases
Eicke Latz, University of Bonn, FRG

How Bacteria Sense the Host?
Manuela Raffatellu, University of California, Irvine, USA

 Condensed Matter Confined in Nanoporous Materials

Organizers: Ania Bleszynski Jayich and Patrick Huber


Condensed matter confined in nanoporous materials
Margarita Krutyeva, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, FRG


Single-Molecule Test Tubes: Combining Nanopores with Entropic Traps for Studies of DNA
Derek Stein, Brown University, USA

Engineering material properties by crystallization in nanopores
Martin Steinhart, Osnabrück University, FRG

 Neuroplasticity and Development

Organizers:  Marina Bedny and Ingrid Ehrlich


Cognitive and neural mechanisms for learning in social contexts
Hyowon Gweon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA


The melody of neonatal brain
Ileana Hanganu-Opatz, University of Hamburg, FRG

Learning Words from Other People
Michael Frank, Stanford University, USA

 Plasticity / Trait Adaptation and its Relevance to Climate Change

Organizers: Zackary Johnson and Camilla Wellstein


Climate Change and Plasticity
Christine Römermann, University of Regensburg


High resolution regional climate analysis: challenges, methods and case studies for water sensitive regions
Harald Kunstmann, Augsburg University, FRG

Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Organisms
Brian Hopkinson, University of Georgia, USA

 Quantification of Uncertainty in Scientific Computing

Organizers:  Melvin Leok and Nicole Marheineke


An overview of uncertainty quantification for extreme scale science and engineering
Clayton Webster, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA


Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Thermal Ablation under Data Uncertainty
Tobias Preusser, Jacobs University Bremen, FRG

Stochastic Collocation Methods for High-Dimensional Forward and Inverse Problems
Clayton Webster, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 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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