Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music Business Announces Inaugural Executive in Residence Tarik Brooks, President of Combs Enterprises

The Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music Business at Howard University today announced Howard alumnus Tarik Brooks (B.A., ’97), president of Combs Enterprises, as its inaugural Executive in Residence for the Fall 2022 semester. In this position, Brooks will serve as a mentor to the center’s 20 fellows as he hopes to empower the next generation of cultural leaders. Combs Enterprises, a portfolio of game-changing companies founded by Sean “Diddy” Combs, is committed to inspiring greatness, celebrating excellence, and building a lasting impact. […]

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Harvard Medical School Dean Says HMS Has Improved Financial Stability at State of the School Address

Harvard Medical School Dean George Q. Daley ’82 said Wednesday that HMS is “more financially stable than at any time in recent history” after recovering from pandemic-era financial stress. Daley said the school’s investments in two avenues for research funding — the Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge and the Quadrangle Fund for Advancing and Seeding Translational Research — are “predicated on the core principle that we have an obligation to make our science relevant.” […]

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Presenting the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates

On September 19, 2022, the Blavatnik Family Foundation hosted the eighth annual Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists Ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The awards celebrate America’s most talented young early-career scientists working in the three disciplinary categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. Every year, one Blavatnik National Awards Laureate in each disciplinary category receives $250,000 in unrestricted funds, and additional nominees are recognized as Finalists. 2017 Nobel Laureate, Professor Michael W. Young of Rockefeller University, served as presenter. […]

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Read Smart Podcast: The 2022 Longlist

Tune into the latest episode of The Read Smart Podcast, which is dedicated entirely to the much-anticipated longlist! Host Razia Iqbal will be joined by three members of our judging panel — Caroline Sanderson, Laura Spinney, and Samanth Subramanian. They will discuss all twelve longlisted books and why they have been chosen to be in the running for this year’s prize. The podcast is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The announcement of the six books shortlisted for this year’s prize will take place on 10 October during an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner will be announced on 17 November at the Science Museum at an award ceremony generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.  […]

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2017 Blavatnik Laureate, Yi Cui’s Company, Amprius Technologies Goes Public

In 2017, Stanford Professor of Materials Sciences, Yi Cui won the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences and Engineering. On, September 15, 2022, his company, Amprius Technologies went for an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. A few days later, Amprius and Yi Cui rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on September 22. Amprius batteries use silicon nanowire anode technology. Amprius Technologies’ mission is to make the highest energy-density lithium-ion batteries in the world. […]

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The Baillie Gifford Prize 2022 Longlist Announced

The longlist of 12 books were chosen by this year’s judging panel: writer and Associate Editor of The Bookseller, Caroline Sanderson (chair); writer and science journalist, Laura Spinney; critic and writer for The Observer, Rachel Cooke; BBC journalist and presenter, Clive Myrie; author and New Yorker writer, Samanth Subramanian; and critic and broadcaster, Georgina Godwin. The announcement of the six books shortlisted for this year’s prize will take place on 10 October during an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner will be announced on 17 November at the Science Museum at an award ceremony generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. […]

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Rockefeller postdoc, Josefina del Mármol, Named the 2022 Blavatnik Regional Award Winner in Life Sciences

Josefina del Mármol, a former postdoc in the Ruta Lab, who recently began a faculty position at Harvard Medical School, has been named the 2022 Blavatnik Regional Award Winner in the life sciences category. During her time at Rockefeller, del Mármol helped solve the structure of an odor receptor by utilizing cryo-electron microscopy. This work has led to the first-ever molecular views of an olfactory receptor at work. “The Tri-State area is one of the most exciting scientific ecosystems, attracting outstanding postdoctoral talent from around the world,” says Len Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Access Industries, head of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, and member of the President’s Council of the New York Academy of Sciences. “We look forward to great discoveries from these exceptional young scientists in the future.” […]

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Brookhaven’s Brandenburg Named 2022 Blavatnik Regional Awards Finalist

UPTON, NY —James (Daniel) Brandenburg, a Goldhaber Distinguished Fellow uncovering clues about the makeup of visible matter at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been named a 2022 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists finalist. The annual awards announced by the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) honor postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Brandenburg will be honored at the 2022 NYAS Gala on November 14 and receive a $10,000 prize. […]

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2022 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists Honorees Announced

NEW YORK – September 21, 2022 – The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences today announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2022 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. The Awards honor outstanding postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The announcement comes during the National Postdoctoral Association’s 13th annual celebration of 2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week, which recognizes the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. […]

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Five things to know about Conor Walsh: Winner of the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists for Physical Sciences and Engineering

The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) recently announced a neurobiologist, a synthetic chemist, and a mechanical engineer as the laureates of the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Each was selected by independent juries across life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering after a rigorous review process. Conor Walsh, Ph.D., Harvard University, the physical sciences and engineering laureate, and the other winners were recognized for their significant contribution to science and the promotion of human health through their groundbreaking research. […]

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