Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
Denis Duboule from the University of Geneva and Philippe Sansonetti from the Institut Pasteur were elected as foreign associates to the National Academy of Sciences.
Jules Hoffmann, director of research at the CNRS, and Bruce Beutler jointly won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Medicine with cell biologist Ralph Steinmann. Hoffmann, a Franco-Luxembourgeois biologist, and Beutler, an American immunologist, share the prize “for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.” During Jules Hoffmann visit on January 18, 2012 in San Diego (California) where he was the guest of the sixth annual symposium organized by the Salk Insitute, Nature and the Ipsen Foundation on the topic of immunity and inflammation, we had the opportunity to interview him shortly before his presentation.
In a display of bilateral engagement on Capitol Hill in Washington, French policymakers and members of the Congressional French Caucus convened two roundtable discussions on February 7 to trade best practices in nuclear waste management.
In December, French Scientific Attache in the Consulate of France in Atlanta, Jacqueline Signorini was invited to the groundbreaking ceremony launching construction of the Yerkes Dual-Function Facility, the Emory Institute for Drug Discovery and the Center for Innovative Genetics
Begun in June 2006, this experiment between CEA-Leti, based in Grenoble, France, and the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at the California Institute of Technology (the famous Caltech) in Pasadena, California, made concrete progress in January of the following year by launching the Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI (Very-Large-Scale-Integration). Their objective is to accelerate the speed at which they bring nanometric-based measuring systems to the commercial market.
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François Fressin, young French astronomer, expatriate at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics de Cambridge (Massachusetts), is the first author of the study published in Nature announcing the discovery of two exo-planets of similar size compared to Earth.
Jean-Baptiste Michel, FQEB Fellow at Harvard and Visiting Faculty at Google, has been listed by Forbes among the "30 Under 30" Rising Stars of Science.
Supported by the French Institute in its call for projects regarding the promotion of scientific and technical culture, the first Franco-American Science Festival was organized by the scientific department of the French Consulate in Chicago.
The event took place over the course of two days: with an animation of scientific activities at the “Alliance Francaise” of Milwaukee on October 13th, 2011, followed by an intense program in Chicago, on October 14th at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University located in the heart of town.
President Sarkozy celebrates the 50th anniversary of CNES.