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Molecules, Movement, and Motors
14 October, 2011 (All day)
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Friday, October 14, 2011 | 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

"Molecules, Movement, and Motors" will bring together experts in genetics, chemistry, biology, physics, medicine, and engineering to discuss the mechanics of motors—from naturally occurring motors, such as those inside cells, to new synthetic motors made from DNA. The exploration about how motors work and what we can learn from studying them will address an array of questions: Are motors specific for a single task, or can they adapt to multiple functions? What makes motors start and stop moving? What are common features that make an effective motor? How can we build on new understandings of motors to cure disease and make other improvements to human life?

The symposium will include welcoming remarks by Radcliffe Institute Interim Dean Lizabeth Cohen and feature speakers:

  • Anna C. Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Robert Von der Luft Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Steven M. Block, Stanford W. Ascherman, M.D., Professor and Professor of Applied Physics and Biology and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford University
  • Susan K. Dutcher, Professor of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Physiology and Interim Head, Department of Genetics, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Lawrence S. B. Goldstein, Distinguished Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Director, UC San Diego Stem Cell Program, University of California at San Diego; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Pennsylvania State University
  • James A. Spudich, Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease, Stanford University
  • Viola Vogel, Professor, Department of Materials, and Head, Laboratory for Biologically Oriented Materials, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETH)

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