Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
2013 Nobel laureate and Yale professor James E. Rothman was awarded Officer of the French Legion of Honor by the French Ambassador to the U.S. François Delattre on April 4, 2014, in New York City. Rothman received this insignia in recognition of his scientific achievements in the field of cellular biology, its fundamental impact on medical advancements, and for his close collaboration with French laboratories over the course of his career.
Since 2012, the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles has been financially supporting participation of French teams in competitions and scientific games organized in the USA, in the field of Life Sciences, through the grant “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun”. In May 2013, four French teams participating in the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition were granted: Bordeaux, Evry, Grenoble-EMSE-LSU and Paris-Bettencourt.
Alexandre Dazzi, associate Professor at the Physical Chemistry Lab, a Joint Research Unit (CNRS - Université Paris-Sud), receives the 2014 Prize of the New York Microscopical Society for his invention NANO-IR.
The prize is among the major awards in the United States for outstanding achievements in economics. The 2014 prize marks the 11th time Northwestern has awarded the prize.Tirole’s award of the 2014 Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics is “based on his various contributions to economic theory and its application to finance, industrial organization and behavioral economics.”
On March 13, Ambassador François Delattre and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an agreement on sustainable development. The partnership aims to develop scientific cooperation and economic development between France and the state of Virginia.
This interview (in French) of Xavier Morise, Director of the CNRS Office for North America, discusses his career, the tasks of the office, the CNRS research in the North America area and the way it captures the international scientific cooperation.
February 27, 2014, in the presence of Mr. Fabrice Maiolino, Deputy Consul General in Los Angeles, Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux bestowed the Legion of Honour of the rank "Chevalier" (Knight) on Professor Palmer Taylor, Dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The ceremony took place in San Diego, in the presence of several eminent scientists such as Guy Bertrand, distinguished professor at UCSD and director of the UCSD/CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory, Roger Guillemin, distinguished professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor of UCSD, and J. Craig Venter, UCSD alumnus and founder of several research institutes in genomics and synthetic biology.
On February 12, 2014 in San Francisco, Inria, CITRIS and PRIME formed a partnership to accelerate the development of ambitious research and experimentation initiatives on issues relating to urban centers. Genevieve Fioraso, French Minister for Higher Education and Research, witnessed the signature of this Memorandum of Understanding.
On February 10, during the French President’s state visit, Geneviève Fioraso, Minister of Higher Education and Research and French representatives from space, research and higher education organizations presided over a signing ceremony for several agreements with their American counterparts with the aim of reinforcing bilateral partnerships.
During the Research Day “Global Health and Bioengineering” at INSA Lyon on Thursday February 6th, 2014, Eric Maurincomme, Director of INSA Lyon, and Michel Lagarde, assistant director of INSA Lyon, awarded the honorary degree of Docteur Honoris Causa to Dr. Edward A. Dennis, distinguished professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Pharmacology at University of California, San Diego (UCSD).