Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
Organized in partnership with Northwestern University, the event brought together scientists and educators from universities, national laboratories, industries and non-governmental organizations from France and the U.S. for a full day of informal science education and outreach, open to the general public and to school children of the Chicago area. The event also included professional colloquium on the subject of building strong international partnerships and programs for informal education and outreach concerning global sustainability issues
Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation and Digital Economy, was in Boston this Thursday, October 25th to launch a new program entitled: "Say yes to France, say yes to innovation" This new initiative is led by the French Investment Office which is responsible for attracting foreign investment to France.
Versailles, France has been named the host of the next Solar Decathlon Europe in 2014, a biannual competition among engineering students to conceive and construct home designs that rely on solar energy technology. Teams from within and beyond Europe will compete to satisfy a 10-point set of criteria, appraised by an international jury and scored along a 1,000-point scale. Each house will be required to produce "as much or more energy than it consumes," according to the Decathlon’s website.
On October 25-26, France and the United States will hold their third Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology Cooperation in Paris, France.
Axel Cruau, Consul of France in Los Angeles, bestowed Dr McKenna with the Palmes Academiques on September 26th, 2012. Dr McKenna graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a PhD in Chemistry in 1971. Then, he received a fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to do research at Harvard University. After joining the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor, he became a Full Professor in 1989. From 2008 to 2011, he was Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. he also hold a joint appointment at the USC School of Pharmacy. In August 2012, he was appointed Vice- Dean for Natural Sciences, joining the new Dean of USC Dornsife, Steve Kay.
French scientist Serge Haroche and his American counterpart David Wineland were named winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Bart Gordon, former US congressman of 26 years (1986-2011), was promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honor on September 17, 2012.
Dr. Charles Wessner, Director of the Program on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the National Academy of Sciences, was promoted to Officer of the National Order of Merit on September 14, 2012
This summer, the team of the flying boat "Hydroptère" will attempt to break the record of the TransPacific, between Los Angeles and Hawaï, set in November 2005 by Olivier de Kersauson. The Hydroptère DCNS has been on standby at the Rainbow Warrior Marina in Long Beach, California since mid-July. The crew is waiting for the next stretch of good weather to take off for Honolulu.
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the European Commission (EC) signed an Implementing Arrangement on July 13, 2012 to provide opportunities for NSF-funded early career scientists and engineers to pursue research collaborations with European colleagues supported through the European Research Council (ERC) awards. The agreement supports collaborations on specific projects while leveraging research funding and fostering lasting collaborations between European and U.S. researchers.