2021 BLAVATNIK REGIONAL AWARDS FOR YOUNG SCIENTISTS HONOREES ANNOUNCED DURING NATIONAL POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK

Honoring outstanding postdoctoral scientists from academic research institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the Blavatnik Family Foundation and the New York Academy of Sciences announced the three Winners and six Finalists of the 2021 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists. The announcement comes during National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The Blavatnik Regional Awards recognize researchers in three scientific categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Chemistry. […]

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The Read Smart Podcast S2 Episode 7: The Longlist Episode

This week is the annual longlist podcast episode. Host, Razia Iqbal, is joined by two of judges –  historian, author, columnist and television presenter Dominic Sandbrook and historian and writer Kathryn Hughes. Together, Razia and guests explore the depth and variety of the thirteen books on this year’s longlist, as well as which qualities define the best works of non-fiction. The winner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction will be announced at an event at the Science Museum, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, on Tuesday 16 November. […]

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A MICHAEL CRAIG-MARTIN GIANT SCULPTURE OF A PEN TO BE UNVEILED IN OXFORD

A new sculpture, an immensely tall purple fountain pen, by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Michael Craig-Martin RA, will be unveiled outside the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on Walton Street, Oxford on 23rd September 2021. The artist will be present for the unveiling. The sculpture, Fountain Pen 2019, is a vivid magenta in colour and balances strikingly on the single point of the pen’s nib. […]

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The Baillie Gifford Prize 2021 Longlist Announced

Last week the longlist for the £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, which celebrates the best in non-fiction writing, was announced. The shortlist for the 2021 award will be announced on Friday 15 October, live from the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The winner of the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction will be announced at an event at the Science Museum, generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, on Tuesday 16 November. […]

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Lauding “The Len Effect”

A partnership with British-American industrialist and global philanthropist, TAU Governor and Honorary Doctor Sir Leonard “Len” Blavatnik has fueled sweeping progress at Tel Aviv University, greatly contributing for over a decade to TAU’s success as an innovation leader. Known at TAU as “The Len Effect,” the far-reaching impact of the Blavatnik Family Foundation’s generous contributions is felt throughout campus and beyond. […]

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Giant bright fountain pen sculpture is set to be unveiled in Oxford

A sculpture of a giant fountain pen is set to be unveiled later this month outside the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government on Walton Street. The vivid magenta fountain pen is by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Michael Craig-Martin RA and it will be revealed to the city on September 23. The sculpture, Fountain Pen 2019, balances strikingly on the single point of the pen’s nib and it is intended to illustrate the research and learning carried out in the city. […]

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The First Afghan Rhodes Scholar Saved Her Father, and Wants to Do More

In the coming days, Ms. Tora expects to be reunited with her father in southern Europe. (She asked not to disclose his full name or exact whereabouts to protect his security.) And she has already identified her next mission — after finishing her master’s degree at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government in two months — one that she said might occupy her for “most of the rest of my life.” Ms. Tora is starting an organization to help evacuate people left behind in Afghanistan, as well as to help resettle Afghan refugees now in Qatar, Albania and elsewhere. […]

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Upcoming announcement dates for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

The longlist for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction prize will be announced on Thursday 9 September followed by the shortlist announcement on Tuesday 12 October. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 16 November at an awards dinner at the Science Museum generously supported by The Blavatnik Family Foundation.  This winner announcement will also be livestreamed across the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction social channels. […]

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Origins of Mutation

The precise transmission of genetic information from one generation to the next is fundamental to life. Most of the time, this process unfolds with remarkable accuracy, but when it goes awry, mutations can arise—some of them beneficial, some of them inconsequential, and some of them causing malfunction and disease. “Genetic mutations are a rare yet inevitable and, indeed essential, part of the development and propagation of the human species—they create genetic diversity, fuel evolution, and occasionally cause genetic diseases,” said study lead investigator Shamil Sunyaev, professor of biomedical informatics in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS and professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s. […]

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The Read Smart Podcast S2 Episode 5: Sports Writing

In the latest episode of the Read Smart podcast, host Razia Iqbal, is joined by sports journalist Alyson Rudd and novelist Boris Starling. Together, Razia and guests delve into the topic of sports writing and what truly makes a good sports book. Alyson and Boris speak on their own experiences with researching and commentating sport, as well as the complex nature of ghostwriting. 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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