Appendix C
Workshop Agenda

Thursday, October 22, 1998

General Session

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Andrew Knoll, Co-chair

Harvard University

8:40 a.m.

E. William Colglazier, Executive Officer

National Research Council

 

9:00 a.m.

Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator (acting)

Office of Space Science, NASA

 

9:20 a.m.

Rita R. Colwell, Director

National Science Foundation

 

9:40 a.m.

Overview of the Workshop

Mary Jane Osborn, Co-chair

University of Connecticut Health Center

Panel Sessions

9:50 a.m.

PANEL 1

Christian de Duve, Moderator

Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology

What features of biology characterize microorganisms at or near nanometer scale?

Is there a theoretical size limit below which free-living organisms cannot be viable?

If we relax the requirement that cells have the biochemical complexity of modern cells, can we model primordial cells well enough to estimate their likely sizes?



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Appendix C Workshop Agenda Thursday, October 22, 1998 General Session 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks Andrew Knoll, Co-chair Harvard University 8:40 a.m. E. William Colglazier, Executive Officer National Research Council   9:00 a.m. Edward Weiler, Associate Administrator (acting) Office of Space Science, NASA   9:20 a.m. Rita R. Colwell, Director National Science Foundation   9:40 a.m. Overview of the Workshop Mary Jane Osborn, Co-chair University of Connecticut Health Center Panel Sessions 9:50 a.m. PANEL 1 Christian de Duve, Moderator Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology What features of biology characterize microorganisms at or near nanometer scale? Is there a theoretical size limit below which free-living organisms cannot be viable? If we relax the requirement that cells have the biochemical complexity of modern cells, can we model primordial cells well enough to estimate their likely sizes?

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10:00 a.m. Dan Fraenkel, Harvard Medical School   10:20 a.m. Jeffrey Lawrence, University of Pittsburgh   10:40 a.m. Break Lecture Room 10:55 a.m. Monica Riley, Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory   11:10 a.m. David Boal, Simon Fraser University   11:30 a.m. Peter Moore, Yale University   12:00 noon Lunch   1:00 p.m. Panel 1 Discussion Christian de Dave, Moderator Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology 2:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks for Panel 1 Christian de Dave, Moderator 2:40 p.m. Break Lecture Room 2:50 p.m. PANEL 2 Ken Nealson, Moderator Jet Propulsion Laboratory Is there a relationship between minimum size and environment? Is there a continuum of size and complexity that links conventional bacteria to viruses? What is the phylogenetic distribution of very small bacteria? 3:00 p.m. James Van Etten, University of Nebraska at Lincoln 3:20 p.m. Olavi Kajander, University of Kuopio 3:40 p.m. Don Button, University of Alaska at Fairbanks 4:10 p.m. James Staley, University of Washington 4:30 p.m. Karl Stetter, Universität Regensburg Friday, October 23, 1998 General Session 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks Andrew Knoll, Moderator Harvard University Panel Sessions 8:40 a.m. PANEL 2 Ken Nealson, Moderator Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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8:50 a.m. Michael Adams, University of Georgia   9:10 a.m. Edward DeLong, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute   9:30 a.m. Panel 2 Discussion Ken Nealson, Moderator Jet Propulsion Laboratory 10:30 a.m. Break Lecture Room 10:45 a.m. Panel 2 Discussion Ken Nealson, Moderator Jet Propulsion Laboratory 11:50 a.m. Concluding Remarks for Panel 2 Ken Nealson, Moderator 12:00 noon Lunch   1:00 p.m. PANEL 3 Andrew Knoll, Moderator Harvard University Can we understand the processes of fossilization and inorganic chemistry sufficiently well to differentiate fossils from artifacts in a sample? 1:10 p.m. William Schopf, University of California at Los Angeles   1:30 p.m. Jack Farmer, Arizona State University   1:50 p.m. John Bradley, MVA, Inc.   2:10 p.m. Panel 3 Discussion Andrew Knoll, Moderator Harvard University 3:10 p.m. Concluding Remarks for Panel 3 Andrew Knoll, Moderator 3:20 p.m. Break   3:30 p.m. PANEL 4 Leslie Orgel, Moderator Salk Institute Does our current understanding of the processes that led from chemical to biological evolution place constraints on the size of early organisms? If size is not constrained, are there chemical signatures that might record the transition to living systems? 3:50 p.m. James Ferris, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute   4:10 p.m. Jack Szostak, Howard Hughes Medical Institute   4:30 p.m. Steven Benner, University of Florida   4:50 p.m. Panel 4 Discussion Leslie Orgel, Moderator Salk Institute 5:50 p.m. Concluding Remarks for Panel 4 Leslie Orgel, Moderator

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General Session 6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks Andrew Knoll, Co-chair Harvard University Mary Jane Osborn, Co-chair University of Connecticut Health Center 6:10 p.m. Adjourn