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November 2009

Kenneth I. Kellermann, Ronald D. Ekers, Owen Gingerich, Maarten Schmidt, Robert W. Wilson, Malcolm Longair, Purnell W. Choppin, Louis M. Kunkel, Titia de Lange, Ian T. Baldwin, Jay D. Keasling, James M. McPherson, Kerrith Livengood, Michael Silverstein, Frank H. Stewart, Gerhard Casper

Thursday, November 12, 2009
1:15 p.m.

Induction of New Members

Session Introduction

Symposium: Discoveries in Astronomy
Kenneth I. Kellermann, National Radio Astronomy Observatory


Ronald D. Ekers, Commonwealth (Australia) Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Symposium Moderators

Galileo’s Astonishing Discoveries
Owen Gingerich
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The Discovery of Quasars
Maarten Schmidt
California Institute of Technology

Moderator's Remarks
Kenneth I. Kellermann, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The Discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background
Robert W. Wilson
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

The Discovery of Pulsars and the Aftermath
Malcolm Longair
Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University


Friday, November 13, 2009
9:15 a.m.

Induction of New Members

Alexander G. Bearn:  A Commemoration
Purnell W. Choppin
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Transcription of Profiling in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Louis M. Kunkel
Children’s Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical Center

How Telomeres Solve the End-Protection Problem
Titia de Lange
The Rockefeller University

Training a New Generation of Biologists:  The Genome-Enabled Field Biologist
Ian T. Baldwin
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany

Engineering Biology for Drugs and Fuels
Jay D. Keasling
University of California at Berkeley


Friday, November 13, 2009
1:15 p.m.

Presentation of Society Awards and Prizes

Richard A.F Penrose Lecture
Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief
James M. McPherson
Princeton University

Inaugural APS Composition Competition Concert

Kerrith Livengood, Award Recipient and Composer
University of Pittsburgh
Performed by Curtis Institute of Music Students


Saturday, November 14, 2009
9:15 a.m.

Induction of New Members

Seized by Eminent “Domaine:”  The “Vinification” of Comestible Prestige
Michael Silverstein
The University of Chicago

The Tribal Background to the Contemporary Arab World
Frank H. Stewart
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Henry LaBarre Jayne Lecture
A Young Man from “Ultima Thule” Visits Jefferson:  Alexander von Humboldt in Philadelphia and Washington
Gerhard Casper
Stanford University