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Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
CNRS International Magazine - No.36 - Winter 2015 – The Ongoing Battle against Fraud ERC « Consolidator » grants: CNRS leading European organizations
This program rewards excellent researchers who have 7-12 years of experience after their PhD. Of the 372 projects selected, 53 are based in France. CNRS leads the way with 25 grantees.
Publication of the French National Strategy for Research
The French National Strategy for Research (FNSR) has just been published. Devised with the expert opinion obtained from the wider scientific and academic community, including the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the research alliances, the competitiveness clusters and industrial stakeholders, during a public consultation, the FNSR aligns with the European policies for science and innovation and the Horizon 2020 programme, focusing on three priorities: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges
Mark Wiesner Named Member of the National Academy of Engineering
Duke University Professor Mark Wiesner is an important player in French-American cooperation in the area of Environmental Engineering. His nomination to the National Academy of Engineering reflects the importance of his scientific contributions to membrane technologies for water treatment and understanding environmental behavior and risk of nanomaterials.
CNES delegation visits JPL/Caltech (Pasadena, CA)
A delegation from CNES (National Center of Spatial Studies) lead by Mr. Thierry Duquesne, Director of Strategy, Programs and International Relations, visited JPL/Caltech (Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology) on January 22, 2015 in order to meet their American counterparts and review the numerous collaborative programs between the two organizations.
The Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative 2014 Awards
The Embassy of France has partnered with APLU, NAFSA, and IIE, for an exceptional call for projects aimed at increasing study-in-France opportunities, and at identifying American colleges and universities that are willing and able to leverage institutional commitment to the goals of the initiative
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.