The Kavli Foundation is one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s sponsors and they are sponsoring a very cool video contest for K-12 students this fall.
If you have an interest in making a video about why science is cool, find out more about that here.
But the very exciting news today by the Kavli Foundation was the announcement of the 2010 Kavli Prize winners!!
Richard Scheller who is on the Advisory Board of the Festival and is the Head of Research for Festival Sponsor Genentech was announced as one of the winners. Congratulations!
Here is a bit of a press release about the announcement. Find the full story here.
OSLO, Norway, June 3 /PRNewswire/ — Eight scientists whose discoveries have dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience have been recognized with the award of the million-dollar Kavli Prizes
The laureates were chosen for research that has transformed our knowledge of basic units of matter, laid the foundations for the field of nanotechnology, revealed the molecular basis for the transfer of brain signals and other physiological functions, and made possible the building of telescopes that can see deeper into space and further back in time.
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Here are the list of winners announced on the Kavli Prize website
Jerry Nelson, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, US, Ray Wilson, formerly of Imperial College London and the European Southern Observatory, and Roger Angel, of the University of Arizona, Tucson, US, share the astrophysics prize for their respective innovations in the field of tele scope design that have allowed us glimpses of ever more distant and ancient objects and events in the remote corners of the Universe.
The nanoscience prize was awarded jointly to US scientists Donald M. Eigler, of IBM’s Almaden Research Centre, San Jose, California, and Nadrian Seeman, of New York University.
Three US-based scientists – Thomas Südhof, of Stanford University School of Medi cine, Richard Scheller, of the biotech company Genentech, and James Rothman, of Yale University – are the joint recipi ents of the neuroscience prize for their work to reveal the precise molecular basis of the transfer of signals between nerve cells in the brain.