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Israeli-American Symposium

Israel Academy of Science and Humanities – U.S. National Academy of Sciences

February 23-25, 2015
Jerusalem, Israel

Sessions:

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 Dynamics Geometry and Number Theory

Organizers: Tamar Ziegler and Julie Kientz

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Some Preliminary Words on the Mathematical Theory of Dynamical Systems
Omri Sarig, Weizmann Institute of Science

SPEAKERS:
How Random are the Digits of Natural Constants?
Mike Hochman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Regular and Stochastic Behavior in the Asteroid Belt
Vadim Kaloshin, University of Maryland

 Extrasolar Planets

Organizers: Simon Emanuel and Elizabeth Sbrocco

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Extrasolar Planets - Introduction
Re'em Sari, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

SPEAKERS:
Solar and Extrasolar Giant Planets: Formation & Composition
Ravit Helled, Tel Aviv University

Extrasolar Planets - Part II
Re'em Sari, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

 Life in Extreme Environments

Organizers: Jennifer Lau, Elizabeth Sbrocco and Simon Emmanuel

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Introduction to Extremophiles
R. Thane Papke, University of Connecticut

SPEAKERS:
Extreme is in the Eye of the Beholder: Perspectives from the Deep Sea
Erik Cordes, Temple University

Horizontal Gene Transfer Under Extreme Conditions – Leaps, Bounds and Hurdles
Uri Gophna, Tel Aviv University

 Materials for Energy Storage

Organizers: Matthew Kanan and Gitti Frey

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Materials Research for Solar Fuel Production
Thomas Hamman, Michigan State

SPEAKERS:
The Art of Successful Photocatalists Design
Lilac Amirav, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

On Demand Interconversion of Electrical and Chemical Energy: The Key to a Renewable Energy Economy
Yogesh Surendranath, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 Quantum Computation

Organizers: Ehud Behar, Eran Rabani and J. Mathias Weber

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Physical Implementations of Quantum Information Processing
Netanel Lindner, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Quantum Computing with Superconducting Circuits
David Schuster, The University of Chicago 

SPEAKERS:
What is the computational power of the universe?
Stephen Jordan, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology

Quantum Computation as a Lens on Quantum Physics
Dorit Aharonov, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Tissue / Electronic Interface

Organizers: Avi Schroeder and Michael Kessler

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
The Bioelectronic Revolution
Daniel A. Heller, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

SPEAKERS:
Nanostructured Semiconductor Devices: From Chemical Synthesis to Biomedical Applications
Bozhi Tian, University of Chicago

Tissue Engineering on the Nanoscale
Tal Dvir, Tel Aviv University

 Virus Evolution

Organizers: Jordan Chill, Deborah Fass and Benjamin Tu

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Viral Evolution
Adi Stern, Tel Aviv University

SPEAKERS:
Studying viruses, one by one
Assaf Rotem, Harvard University

The Genome Accordion Model of Large DNA Virus Evolution
Nels Elde, University of Utah

 Watching the Brain Think

Organizers: Amar Sahay and Ariel Knafo

INTRODUCTORY SPEAKER:
Optical Interrogation of Brain Microcircuitry Underlying Behavior
Mark Andermann, Harvard University

SPEAKERS:
Functional Imaging in the Hippocampus: Visualizing the Brain’s Representation of Space
Daniel Dombeck, Northwestern University

Adi Mizrahi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Israeli-American Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia are sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities.  Major support is provided by the Kavli Foundation with additional support from the National Academy of Sciences.

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