Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
Astrophysician Saul Perlmutter was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics alongside two other scientists, Professor Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess.
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is honored that the Nobel Institute chose to honor the work of Professor Perlmutter, who has collaborated closely with several French research teams. In particular Mr. Perlmutter was at the helm of three projects selected and supported by the France-Berkeley Fund in 1997, 2001, and 2008 led in cooperation with the Institut de Physique Nucléaire de Lyon and the Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire des Hautes Energies in Paris.
For the second consecutive year, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology, will launch France-Atlanta 2011 on October 26. Placed under the concept of innovation, this event is also an opportunity to reinforce to the academic partnership between Atlanta and Metz, a model of cooperation between the Hexagon and the United States. Interview with Yves Berthelot, President of Georgia Tech Lorraine.
The ANR and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (http://www.cirm.ca.gov/) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming at strengthening cooperation between France and California in the field of stem cell research. This agreement has already led to the organisation of a French-California workshop held at the ANR in July 2011 with about ten researchers from each country.
On Monday, October 3, Jules Hoffmann 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.”
September 5th-7th, 2011, Mr. Delattre visited the laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), to present the Legion of Honor to Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Vice President of Caltech.
President Obama has named Dr. Pierre Comizzoli, a staff scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington, as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Comizzoli is one of 94 researchers receiving the award, the highest honor the United States government confers on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Prof. Claude Boccara of Institut Langevin at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle ESPCI in Paris received the NIH Bench to Bedside Pioneer Award during the 7th Inter-Institute Workshop on « Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside » on September 15th.
The list of fellows for the 2011 Chateaubriand fellowship is available
Martine Roussel, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, has been named to the 2011 class of new Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Valerie Pecresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research, invited to lunch Subra Suresh, the new president of the National Science Foundation (NSF), during his visit to Paris on Monday, May 16th, 2011. Eight young French researchers were invited, as well as the director of the French National Research Agency (ANR), Jacqueline Lecourtier, and the scientific counselor of the Embassy of France in the United States, Annick Suzor-Weiner.