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COMPLEX TIME: Adaptation, Aging, & Arrow of Time

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<meta charset="utf-8">As Chief of the Clinical Gerontology Branch, she oversees the development of new research related to aging changes in the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems and in body composition/metabolism, long-term effects of physical activity/exercise throughout the life span and clinical translational research on aging. Since 1996, Dr. Dutta has had a leadership role in translating the scientific evidence of the benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults into the award-winning NIA Exercise Guide and has been involved in the development of NIA's Go4Life exercise campaign. She also leads the NIA Task Force on Exercise and Physical Activity, which has updated the NIA Exercise and Physical Activity Guide. In 2017, Dr. Dutta will become a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Science Board.Dr. Dutta received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Before coming to NIA in 1993, Dr. Dutta served as a Pharmacologist in the Division of Endocrine and Metabolic Drug Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she was responsible for evaluating preclinical pharmacology and toxicology data for all investigational drugs used for calcium/bone disorders. She also was involved in the revision of the FDA guidelines for the development of anti-osteoporosis agents, which now requires preclinical studies of bone quality.  +
<span>Aisha Dasgupta works for the UN Population Division in New York, with research interests in fertility and family planning. Prior to joining the UN she worked for Marie Stopes International and The Earth Institute at Columbia University. She has lived in Malawi, the UK and the US. She has also spent time working in India, Madagascar and Nigeria.</span>  +
<span>Caroline Bledsoe is the Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Bledsoe’s studies have centered on cultural visions of reproduction and the lifecourse in West Africa and beyond. Specific themes have included marriage, fertility, child fosterage, health, contraception, aging, obstetrics, and migration. Several West African studies have been followed by U.S. and European counterparts.</span>  +
<span>Charlotte Lee uses mathematical and computer modeling to study the nonlinear dynamics of structured populations. Most biologicalpopulations exhibit age, stage, size, or other structure, and most ecological interactions (between individuals, betweenspecies, or with the environment) ultimately involve nonlinearity, so very many interesting ecological problems includeboth. Her major research directions are 1) studying feedbacks between consumers and their resources and 2) understanding the interplay between preindustrial human populations and their environments</span>  +
<span>Chris Kempes is a scientist working at the intersection of physics, biology, and the earth sciences. Using mathematical and computational techniques he studies how simple theoretical principles inform a variety of phenomena ranging from major evolutionary life-history transitions, to the biogeography of plant traits, to the organization of bacterial communities. He is particularly interested in biological architecture as a mediator between physiology and the local environment.<span></span></span>  +
<span>Christopher Cowie is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of Durham, UK. Prior to this he was a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He works in a range of issues in Moral and Political Philosophy.<span></span></span>  +
<span>Dr. Hooper's research asks, to what extent can major patterns of variation in societal organization across human history be explained by a finite set of evolutionary principles and processes? Dr. Hooper's research combines ethnographic fieldwork in Amazonia and Central Asia with cross-cultural analysis and mathematical modeling. His work examines the biological and economic processes underlying the formation of human social networks, demographic rates of growth, fertility, ad mortality, as well as the emergence of social inequality, political hierarchy, and leadership.<span></span></span>  +
<span>I am a PhD student in Tsinghua University of China. Both of my undergraduate and graduate majors are biology, but I’m also attracted by sociology and psychology, mathematics and art, especially mysterious science. In the meantime, being obsessed with the relationship between Heidegger's philosophy and Taoism. It seems that I am always curious about the connection between everything in this complex world.</span>  +
<span>Lori Hunter is Professor of Sociology and Faculty Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioral Science’s Research Programs on Environment & Society, as well as Population. She is Associate Director of the CU Population Center which facilitates research on three signature themes: Migration, Health, and Population-Environment interactions. Dr. Hunter’s research and teaching focus on human-environment interactions, with specific examinations of migration and climate change connections, particularly in the context of natural resource-dependent rural livelihoods across the globe.<span></span></span>  +
<span>Mike Price is interested in economic decision making in the broadest sense. This includes both conventional economic decisions, such as what toothpaste to buy or whether to borrow money to purchase a house, and less conventional economic decisions, such as whether to hunt for monitor lizards or kangaroos as a forager in Australia's Western Desert or whether to allocate scarce resources to current or future reproduction. Since our brains are, ultimately, the product of millions of years of evolution, Mike is currently exploring how evolutionary theory can be linked with economic theory to better understand human decision making.<span></span></span>  +
<span>Professor Dasgupta's research interests have covered welfare and development economics, the economics of technological change, population, environmental and resource economics, the theory of games, the economics of under-nutrition, and the economics of social capital.<span></span></span>  +
<span>Shenk is a biocultural anthropologist, human behavioral ecologist, evolutionary demographer, and anthropological demographer with interests in marriage, family, kinship, parental investment, fertility, mortality, and inequality. She has conducted field research on the economics of marriage and parental investment in urban South India, the causes of rapid fertility decline in rural Bangladesh, and the effects of market integration on wealth, social networks, and health in rural Bangladesh.<span></span></span>  +
<span>Simon A. Levin is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and the Director of the Center for BioComplexity in the Princeton Environmental Institute. His research examines the structure and functioning of ecosystems, the dynamics of disease, and the coupling of ecological and socioeconomic systems.<span></span></span> ''photo courtesy of Princeton University''<span><span></span></span>  +
<span>The goal of understanding and predicting biodiversity dynamics comes at a critical moment when human systems are disrupting those very dynamics.In his research, Andy Rominger approaches this long-standing problem with the hypothesis that general patterns in biodiversity, such as characteristic shapes of the distributions of population sizes across species and species across geographic space, emerge from a combination of the statistical mechanics of large systems and the unique non-equilibrium dynamics imparted to biological systems by their evolutionary history.Andy uses a combination of theory, open source computational methods and novel "natural experiments" in rapidly evolving ecosystems to capture statistical and evolutionary dynamics across the tree of life.<span></span></span>  +
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Abdullah Al Nayeem is a M.Sc. Student of Department of Environmental Science, Stamford University Bangladesh.Before that, he completed diploma engineering on Environmental Technology from Chittagong Polytechnic Institute. He working as a research associate with his institution since February, 2017. He published 4 scientific article where one is accepted and 2 other conference proceedings also. He attended several national and international conference in the country and abroad.  +
Afsal is a B.Sc-M.Sc (integrated) Climate Change Adaptation student from Academy of Climate Change Education and Research (ACCER), Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur, India. Now, he is working as a research scholar at National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Sejian Veerasamy (Senior Scientist, ICAR-NIANP). He is interested in doing research in the field of climate change in relation to the environment and agricultural sector, focusing on its impacts, adaptation and mitigation strategies that enable to reduce the negative impacts under the changing climate scenario. Presently, he is working on the field of climate change and livestock production. He was published four scientific articles in internationally reputed Journals and having three abstracts (National and International) and many lead papers. He attended several national and international conferences/symposium with in the country and abroad. Recently, he got a travel scholarship from World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and American Meteorological Society. Afsal, a young and enthusiastic researcher by profession and working sincerely for the sustainable development of the society as well as accomplishing his future goals.  +
After completing my MBA I started working in ABN Amro Bank Lahore Pakistan. Than I did my M. Phil Economics. My research thesis was on terrorism in Pakistan. I attended South Asian Network for Development and Environment Economics (SANDEE) in Thailand 2018. There I learned a lot about environment, climate change and global warming. Now I am planning to attend seminar on Population and Environment in New Mexico USA.  +
Ajap is PhD Candidate and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Buea, Cameroon. He has also been PhD Fellow at the School of Economics, University of Cape Town. His areas of interest include; adjusting for ecological footprint in agricultural productivity analysis, natural disasters and extreme weather events, geospatial data analysis, impact of land-related policy interventions, economics of tropical forestry, biodiversity and ecosystem services.  +
Akshay is currently a PhD student at University of California, Merced focused on understanding mechanism of fungal biofilms using predictive analysis, modeling and network theory.  +