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Dear friends, this month, in France and in the US, scientists have been really interested in micro-organisms living in deep and unwelcoming ecosystems. In France, researchers have demonstrated the existence of an ecosystem made up of micro-organisms in the oceanic crust, surviving thanks to a power source derived directly from chemical reactions between rocks and seawater, while in the US, scientists have puzzled over how microbes have survived beneath the ocean floor in a desolate place with no oxygen and sunlight for millions of years.
On February 2, the Consulate general of France in Atlanta was honoured to take part as jury members in the fifth Intramural Emory Global Health Case Competition (also available in French Twelve teams of multidisciplinary student tried to put together proposals of how to reform the financing and organization of France’s health system in the context of the European economic crisis and aging of the population. The winning team will now take part of the International Global Health Case Competition in March and we wish them luck !
This month I would like to enhance French-American collaborations in science, which have led in January to the publication of several science papers : Retour ligne manuel
Researchers at the CEA-iMETI in the Saint Louis Hospital in Paris, France have found a new therapeutic agent to prevent graft rejection in collaboration with the University of Georgia. Retour ligne manuel
Other scientist from the University of Georgia worked with a French team from the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France on parasitic worms that may help to treat diseases associated with obesity.
I am glad to announce that in 2013 the European Science Café will be back beginning on January 29th. During those events a consulate invites a European scientist to give a talk, followed by a discussion with the public around some refreshments. For the first 2013 European Science Café, Nicolas Florsch will talk about Mining engineers in the sixteenth century (in Europe).
This month, the French American collaboration between CNRS and Georgia Institute of Technology presented some great results on graphene, in a paper published in Nature Physics, showing production semiconductor nano-graphene ribbons.
I would like to begin this November Scientific Newsletter by congratulating Serge Haroche, French physicist, who obtained the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics in association with the American physicist, David J. Wineland and Robert J. Lefkowitz, professor at Duke University who has been award by the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Brian K. Kobilka of Stanford University, who was a post-doctoral fellow in Lefkowitz’s lab in the 1980s.
On September 6, 2012, 30 worldwide articles have been published with the results of the international ENCODE project (ENCyclopedia Of DNA Elements). The major conclusion of this project is that 80% of the genome contains elements linked to biochemical functions, dispatching the widely held view that the human genome is mostly ’junk DNA’.
I would like to begin this month’s newsletter by thanking Jacqueline Signorini, the Scientific Attaché at the Consulate General of France in Atlanta. After more than two years working with the Southeast scientific community, she is back to France. She will be replaced, starting September 1st, by Nicolas Florsch, who I welcome warmly.
This month, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) discovered a new elementary particle, the Higgs boson. This subatomic particle was the missing piece of the standard model of particle physics, used by the scientific community to describe how the matter and the universe work.
This month, the French Scientific National Research Center (CNRS) and the American Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) opened an International Joint Research Unit on MIT’s Cambridge campus, focusing on Multi-Scale Materials Science for Energy and Environmental Project.