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Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative 2014 Awards Promotion of Professor Roger Guillemin (Salk Institute - San Diego, CA) to the rank of Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honor
Dr. Roger Guillemin, Distinguished Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, CA, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1977, was promoted Commander of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the French Republic, Mr. François Hollande, on December 31, 2014 (Announcement of the Grand Chancery of the Legion of Honor / Publication of the Journal Officiel de la République Française on January 1, 2015).
Vinton Cerf named Officer of the Legion of Honor
On Friday December 12, 2014, during a ceremony at the Résidence de France in Washington, the Ambassador of France to the United States, Gérard Araud, bestowed the insignia of Officier de la Légion d’Honneur upon Vinton Cerf, one of the founding fathers of the Internet.
Selection of the partner for FABS 2015-2016 : Gérontopôle of Toulouse for its expertise in Alzheimer’s disease
The Office for Science and Technology and the Gérontopôle of the University Hospital Center in Toulouse will organize the 2015-2016 editions of the French American Biotechnology Symposium (FABS) with a focus on "Prevention and care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease”.
Two French Scientists Recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences: Alim-Louis Benabid and Emmanuelle Charpentier
The prestigious Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences were given to six laureates among which are two French scientists, Alim-Louis Benabid and Emmanuelle Charpentier, on November 9th, 2014, in Mountain View, CA. Professor Benabid is thus honored for his work on deep brain simulation, which revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, while professor Charpentier is awarded for her research on genome-editing tools. Each year, the Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences put the spotlight on brilliant scientists who contribute to the understanding of living systems and the extension of human life.
France Alumni, the social network for former foreign students in France
Every year, nearly 300,000 foreign students pursue their studies in France, making our country the third most academically attractive country in the world. This digital platform aims to enable these many foreign alumni to keep in touch with France and its schools, universities, companies, and cultural activities
Frédéric Saudou receives the 2014 Lounsbery Award
Dr Frédéric Saudou, director of the Institute of Neurosciences in Grenoble (Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences – UJF/Inserm/CEA), was recently awarded the 2014 Richard Lounsbery Award for his major contribution to the understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms causing Huntington’s disease, which open up important new insights to the understanding and treatment of this neurodegenerative disease. The award ceremony took place on November 25, 2014, under the Dome of the Institut de France.
CNRS/UCLA joint laboratory EpiDaPo: French-US lab connects biology and social sciences
CNRS president Alain Fuchs and chancellor Gene Block of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) inaugurated a new international joint unit (Unité Mixte Internationale - UMI) called Epigenetics, Data & Politics (EpiDaPo) at UCLA on October 31, 2014. This interdisciplinary laboratory, located within the premises of the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, seeks to conduct research in epigenetics and its social and political implications. It will facilitate high-level international synergies among researchers in the life, social and environmental sciences on issues with far-reaching social impact, such as diet, age and gender.
Visit of Ms. Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, to Southern California
Ms. Axelle Lemaire, Minister of State for digital technology, at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital technology, visited Southern California on October 27th and 28th, 2014. On the second day of her trip, after a round table debate at the Wall Street Journal’s 2014 global technology conference, Ms. Lemaire met with French entrepreneurs based in Southern California to discuss the digital ecosystem in Los Angeles and to hear our French digital entrepreneurs points of view and discuss business ties with France. Numerous contacts of the Scientific Office, who work in Big Data (including genomics) or social networks, responded positively to our invitation and were able to discuss with the Minister.
Visit of Mr. Alain Fuchs, president of the CNRS, to Los Angeles
Mr. Alain Fuchs, president of the CNRS and Patrice Bourdelais, director of the INSHS (Institute of Human and Social Sciences) of the CNRS , visited Southern California on October 30th and 31st, 2014. They launched the Joint International Unit, CNRS EpiDaPo, in the presence of numerous personalities from UCLA, and Mr. Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Ms. Minh-Hà Pham, Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States, Mr. Xavier Morise, Director of the CNRS office in North America, and Mr. Fabien Agenes, Scientific Attaché at the Consulate of Los Angeles.