Plant biologist nominated for prestigious early career award

University of Georgia faculty member Robert Schmitz was recently chosen as a finalist for a national award for young scientists. The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists is the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early career scientists and engineers. Schmitz is a plant biologist who performs groundbreaking research on plant epigenetics—the chemical modifications to DNA and associated proteins that alter gene expression—to unlock new methods to increase agricultural sustainability and food security. He found that some plant epigenetic mechanisms differ from those of animals, and that this unique mode of epigenetic modification impacts plant evolution and can inform crop breeding. […]

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Blavatnik Family Foundation Awards $1 million to the Brigham

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Since Len Blavatnik founded the Blavatnik Family Foundation more than a decade ago, it has become one of the largest private funders of scientific research to solve global health challenges. One way the foundation is advancing promising work is through the Blavatnik Therapeutics Challenge Awards, which provides $1 million grants to translate scientific discoveries into effective medical treatments and cures. Brigham physician-scientist Steven A. Greenberg, MD, was named one of five inaugural award winners in a competitive application process open to faculty members of Harvard Medical School and its affiliate hospitals. “Investing in leading academic and research institutions is one of our foundation’s key strategies to accelerate scientific progress,” says Blavatnik. […]

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Chemist named finalist for prestigious young-scientist prize

Gordana Dukovic, a professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder has been named a finalist of the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. After evaluating 309 nominees, a jury designated Dukovic as one of the top candidates in the chemistry category. Dukovic, who is also a fellow in the CU Boulder Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (or RASEI), leads a research group probing fundamental problems in nanoscience, especially the application of nanoscale materials to solar energy harvesting. Three 2022 Blavatnik National Awards Laureates—one each in the categories of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering and Chemistry—will be selected by the jury from the group of finalists and announced in late June. The Blavatnik National Awards honor “America’s most innovative young faculty-rank scientists and engineers,” the Blavatnik Family Foundation States. […]

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Pentzer selected as finalist for 2022 Blavatnik National Award

Dr. Emily Pentzer, associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, was named a national finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists in Physical Sciences & Engineering. Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the award recognizes faculty under the age of 42 who are making significant contributions to life sciences, chemistry and/or physical sciences and engineering. “I don’t even know what emotion I could say I felt when I found out that I was a finalist for the Blavatnik award,” said Pentzer. “I felt a sense of gratefulness and excitement to tell my students. The hard work they’ve contributed, the time, the energy and the effort are paying off. While I am a finalist, I think (the award) really speaks to what my research group has accomplished.”  […]

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Johns Hopkins Chemist Rebekka Klausen Among Finalists For Prestigious Award for Young Scientists

Chemist Rebekka Klausen was named a finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers. Three winners—in life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering— will be named on June 29, each receiving $250,000. Klausen, Second Decade Society Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, repurposes polymer chemistry to upend the process of manufacturing electronics. Instead of carving up 12-inch-wide silicon crystals into computer chips, she creates silicon molecules and polymers atom-by-atom to build tailor-made electronic devices. […]

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Coronavirus researcher named Blavatnik Award finalist

Coronavirus researcher David Veesler, associate professor of biochemistry at the UW School of Medicine, is among the 31 finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the finalists today for the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers. From the finalists, three winners – in life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering – will be named June 29.  Each of the three would receive $250,000 as a Blavatnik National Awards Laureate. The honorees, were chosen from a highly competitive pool of 309 nominees from 150 leading universities and scientific institutions from 38 states across the United States. […]

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Brennand Named Finalist for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

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Kristen Brennand, PhD, professor of psychiatry, has been named a finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers.
Brennand is one of 31 finalists. From that group, three winners – in life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences – will be named on June 29. Each will receive $250,000 as a Blavatnik National Awards Laureate. The honorees were chosen from a highly competitive pool of 309 nominees from 150 leading universities and scientific institutions from 38 states across the United States. […]

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Recognizing America’s leading innovative scientists, the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists names 31 finalists

NEW YORK – June 1, 2022 – The Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced 31 finalists today for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers. From that exceptional group, three winners – in life sciences, chemistry, and physical sciences and engineering – will be named on June 29, each receiving $250,000 as a Blavatnik National Awards Laureate. The honorees, whose research is described below, were chosen from a highly competitive pool of 309 nominees from 150 leading universities and scientific institutions from 38 states across the United States.
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USC Shoah Foundation, Blavatnik Family Foundation preserving crucial memories, war stories of Holocaust survivors

The USC Shoah Foundation is accelerating efforts to preserve the stories, memories, and personalities of Holocaust survivors, thanks in part to the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
The USC Shoah Foundation, founded in 1994 by legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg, recently debuted hologram-like projections of stories by Holocaust survivors, deepening the public’s understanding of World War II. CBS News program 60 Minutes highlighted the project, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing, multi-year production that involves a complex mix of mobile cameras, lighting, and cutting-edge technology. The Shoah Foundation interviewed more than 50 survivors with a variety of experiences, allowing future generations access to first-hand commentary on the Holocaust. […]

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Read Smart Podcast: Money Talks

Tune into the latest episode of the Read Smart podcast, ‘Money Talks’ where our host Shahidha Bari speaks to economist Vicky Pryce and legal scholar Joan C Williams about the turbulent world of economics, where it stands in the non-fictional sphere, and the state of our economy today. Guests explore the reputation economics has as a science, as well as the position of women within this complex structure. Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.  […]

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