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USGS Mendenhall Fellow Invited to Speak at the German-American Frontiers of Science Symposium

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Symposium site: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, located near the University of California, Irvine, is the site of the German-American Frontiers symposium when it is held in the United States.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow Christina Kellogg (St. Petersburg, FL) was invited to speak at this year's German-American Frontiers of Science symposium, where she discussed the impacts of African dust on coral reefs.

The German-American Frontiers of Science Symposium series is sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and supported, in part, with funding from the Beckman Foundation and the Agouron Institute. This year's conference, the ninth annual meeting, was held June 5-7 in Irvine, CA, at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies.

These symposia are held each summer, alternating between the United States and Germany. Participation at the symposium is split evenly between Germans and Americans, although there is a more international flavor than the name might imply—many of the scientists representing American institutions were originally from other countries, including Britain, Australia, and China. Participants are specifically chosen by the organizing committee and include leading researchers from academic, industrial, and federal laboratories.

Attendees are selected from a pool of young researchers (less than 45 years old) who have made significant contributions to science, including recipients of Sloan, Packard, and MacArthur fellowships; winners of the Waterman Award; Beckman Young Investigators; and NSF Presidential Faculty Fellows. This year we can add "USGS Mendenhall Fellow" to that list; Christina Kellogg was invited to speak about the impacts of African dust on coral reefs.

At each symposium, approximately 25 young scientists report on current research within their disciplines to an academically trained and scientifically diverse audience. They highlight major research challenges, methodologies, and limitations to progress at the frontiers of their respective fields. All attendees participate in a general discussion period, during which they learn from and form collaborative relationships with other young scientists in different fields.

The topics, chosen each year by an organizing committee made up of the previous year's speakers and organizers, include a broad spectrum of subjects, ranging from neuroscience to theoretical physics. The 2003 program consisted of the following topical sessions:

  • Biology of Aging

  • Coral Reefs

  • Formation of Stars

  • Molecular Motors/Biomotors

  • Nanomaterials/Molecular Electronics

  • Polymers with Memory

  • Probing Space-Time Structure near Black Holes

  • Timing in the Brain

Christina's talk on African dust stimulated a lot of discussion, and she was invited to join the organizing committee for the 2004 symposium. She is hard at work writing proposals for next year's sessions and is looking forward to visiting Germany next year.

Related Web Sites
Frontiers of Science
National Academy of Sciences
African Dust Project
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