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  • The Martin E. Segal Theatre (1st Floor) at The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Living systems achieve their extraordinary functions in part by adapting their strategies to the structure of their environment. We explore examples of this phenomenon in systems from bacteria to brains, searching for a unifying theoretical framework.

  9:30 AM Coffee and bagels

10:00 AM Adaptation and Bayesian forecasting in biological systems
Thierry Mora, École Normale Supérieure and Princeton University

11:30 AM Coffee

12:00 PM Neural adaptation: Theory, models, and mechanism
Adrienne Fairhall, University of Washington

1:30 PM Lunch

2:30 PM Adaptation and behavioral feedback in chemical sensing and navigation
Thierry Emonet, Yale University

4:00 PM Coffee

4:30 PM Adaptation and control in molecular evolution
Armita Nourmohammad, University of Washington

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Sponsored by the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences, and by the CUNY doctoral programs in Physics and Biology. Supported in part by the Center for the Physics of Biological Function, a joint effort of The Graduate Center and Princeton University. For more information please visit and