On May 9, 2012 Kelvin J. A. Davies, James E. Birren Professor of Gerontology at the USC (University of Southern California) Davis School of Gerontology and professor of molecular and computational biology in USC Dornsife, and Enrique Cadenas, Charles Krown/Alumni Professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the USC School of Pharmacy, were recognized as Chevaliers (Knights) of the Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit).
Davies is among the world’s leading biologists on free radicals and oxidative stress and Cadenas is ranked as a top scientist in mitochondrion-dependent apoptosis and its implications for neurodegenerative and age-related disorders. Both Davies and Cadenas have held various international scientific conferences in France focusing on the biological causes of aging and age-related diseases.
They were knighted at the Residence the France located in Beverly Hills by M. David Martinon, Consul General of France in Los Angeles; with the attendance of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett, outgoing USC Davis Dean Gerald C. Davison, incoming USC Davis Dean Pinchas Cohen.
Video of the award ceremony