GRC on Theoretical Biology & Biomathematics

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GRC ON
THEORETICAL BIOLOGY AND BIOMATHEMATICS


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                  Gordon Research Conference on
                    Theoretical Biology and 
                         Biomathematics
                       June 11 -- 16, 2000

                  Tilton School, Tilton, N. H.
                Charlie Smith and Ed Pate, Chairs
        Claudia Neuhauser and Alex Mogilner, Vice-Chairs
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Sunday Evening, June 11, 2000: (7:30-9:30)

Bioinformatics: DNA Computing &    Chair:  Spencer Muse,
Computational Biology              N C State Univ

How Do Cells Compute?              Lila Kari, U. Western Ontario

Mathematical Challenges in         Bonnie Berger, M.I.T.
Protein Motif Recognition 
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Monday Morning, June 12, 2000: (9:00-12:30)

Microbiology and Immunology        Chair: Tom Kepler, N C State 
                                   Univ.

Diversity in the Immune System       Rob de Boer, Utrecht Univ.

Diffuse Feedback from a Diffuse    Lee Segel, Weizmann Institute
Informational Network: in the
immune system and other distributed
physiological systems

Adaptation and the Evolution of     Paul Sniegowski, Univ. of Penn.
Mutation Rates in Experimental 
E. Coli Populations   
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informal afternoon "movie session" on cardiology and heart dynamics
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Monday Evening, June 12, 2000: (7:30-9:30)

Excitable Media and the Heart      Chair: Harold Hastings, Hofstra

Non-linear Dynamics of Fibrilla-   Alan Garfinkel, UCLA
tion 

Spiral Wave Dynamics in Excitable  Akkady Pertsov, NY, Syracuse
Media
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Tuesday Morning, June 13, 2000:  (9:00-12:30)

Neural Computation: Geometry,      Chair: Bard Ermentrout, Univ. of
Dynamics and Coding                Pittsburgh

Canonical Theory of Spike Genera-  Boris Gutkin, CNRS, France
tion in Cortical Neurons 

Modeling Function in a Sensory     Sharon Crook, Montana State
System                             Univ.

Emergence of Oscillations in       Taishin Nomura, Osaka Univ.
Neuronal Models 
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Tuesday Evening, June 13, 2000:  (7:30-9:30)

Calcium Dynamics                   Chair: Hans Othmer, Univ of
                                   Minnesota

Calcium Spark Formation and        Greg Smith, Arizona State Univ.
Detection in Cardiac Myocytes  

Intercellular Calcium Waves in     Andrew Thomas, New Jersey 
Hepatocytes                        Medical School

Calcium Dynamics in Glial Cells    Hans Othmer, Univ. of Minnesota
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Wednesday Morning, June 14, 2000:  (9:00-12:30)

Mathematical Models of Cell        Chair: Alex Mogilner, U.C.
Mechanics                          Davis

Experiments on Cell Movements and  Juliet Lee, Univ. Conn.
Biological Qualitative Modeling

Quantitative Computer Models of    Dean Bottino, U.C. Berkeley 
Cell Movements 

Modeling Bacterial Chemotaxis      Roseanne Ford, Univ. Virginia
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Wednesday Evening, June 14, 2000:     (7:30-9:30)

Modeling and Molecular Mechanics   Chair: Josh Baker, Univ. Vermont

Mechanochemistry of ATP Synthase   George Oster, U.C. Berkeley 

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of   Todd Minehardt, Princeton 
the Interaction of Motor Proteins   Univ.
with Substrate 
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Thursday Morning, June 15, 2000:  (9:00-12:30)

Species Invasion                   Chair: Claudia Neuhauser,
                                   Minnesota
 
Natural Selection and Range        Ted Case , U C San Diego
Expansion 

Host-Parasite Coevolutionary       Akira Sasaki, Kyushu University
Cycles in a Metapopulation:  
a Pacemaker and the Red Queen 

Role of Movement in Population     Peter Turchin, Univ. Connecticut
Dynamics
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Thursday Evening, June 15, 2000:  (7:30-9:30)

Evolution of Language              Chair: Leah Edelstein-Keshet,
                                   Univ. British Columbia

The Evolution of Language          Martin Nowak, Princeton

Language Origin and Evolution      Jean Aitchison, Oxford 
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FRIDAY JUNE 16: GRC Bus departs at 9:00 am

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