Harvard University - Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology


September 20th, 2004

In order to honor the scientific career of Howard C. Berg in his 70th year, a symposium involving several of his colleagues and former students is being held in the Harvard University Science Center on Saturday, October 2nd. This event is sponsored by the Departments of Physics and of Molecular & Cellular Biology and by the Rowland Institute at Harvard, and is open to the public.

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"Moving and Sensing: From Molecules to Cells"
Harvard Science Center C

8:45AM Welcome & Introduction,  The BergFest2004 Organizing Committee

  • Chair,  David DeRosier (Brandeis University) and J. Sandy Parkinson (University of Utah): "Bacterial Chemotaxis: Dissecting the Three-protein Brain of E. coli"
  • William Bialek (Princeton University): "Molecules Count; Counting Molecules"
  • Keiichi Namba (Osaka University): "The Molecular Mechanism of Bacterial Swimming and Tumbling"
  • Steven Block (Stanford University): "Optical Tweezers:  Biophysics, One Molecule at a Time"
  • Carlos Bustamante (University of California): "Studies of DNA Packaging by Single Phi29 Bacteriophage Particles using Optical Tweezers"

(Morning and Afternoon breaks will be held in the Museum of Science)
12:00PM-2:00PM  Break-out for Lunch in Harvard Square

  • Chair, Shin-ichi Aizawa (CREST, Japan Science & Technology Agency) and Karel Svoboda (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories): "Sensing and Moving: Experience-dependent Synaptic Plasticity in the Mammalian Brain"
  • Mark Schnitzer (Stanford University): "Fluorescence Microendoscopy: A New Tool for in vivo Brain Imaging" 
  • Aravinthan Samuel (Harvard University): "How Worms Respond to Pressure"
  • Markus Meister (Harvard University): "Sensory Adaptation, from Bugs to Brains"
  • A. James Hudspeth (Rockefeller University): "How the Ear's Works Work"
    [Dr. Hudspeth will be giving a longer talk at the Physics Colloquium, Monday afternoon, October 4, 4 PM]

5:15PM  Adjourn (free time)

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