Torsten Wiesel, M.D., President Emeritus, The Rockefeller University, Introductory Remarks
William Bialek, Ph.D., John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics, Princeton University, Searching for Simplicity—The Lessons of Period Doubling
William Bialek, Ph.D. is the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics at Princeton University, and Visiting Presidential Professor of Physics at The CUNY Graduate Center. A theorist, he has worked on a variety of problems at the interface between physics and biology, trying to connect general physical principles to the detailed behavior of particular systems, from developing embryos to networks of neurons and flocks of birds. He received the 2013 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience and in 2017, the Max Delbruck Prize from the Biological Division of the American Physical Society.
Jean-Pierre Eckmann, Ph.D., professor emeritus, The University of Geneva, Feigenbaum's Work on Optics, Vision, and Evolution
Jean-Pierre Eckmann, Ph.D. is professor of physics and mathematics (retired) at the University of Geneva. His work covers chaos theory, Feigenbaum Universality, stochastic partial differential equations, and theoretical biology. Soon after Feigenbaum’s ground-breaking discovery of period doubling, Eckmann, together with students and colleagues, gave the first mathematical proof of the scheme and showed that the universality holds in arbitrary dimensions with the same constant.
Allis, whose pioneering research established that enzymes that modify histone proteins, which package DNA in the nucleus, regulate gene expression, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.
An expert on ant biology, Kronauer found himself in the right place at the right time to capture a cathedral-shaped bivouac, or ants’ nest, in Costa Rica. The photo is now part of an international exhibit by the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.