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Posts Tagged ‘nobel prize’

In ricordo di Rita Levi Montalcini

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 gennaio 2013

Rita Levi Montalcini, 20 april 2009

Rita Levi Montalcini, 20 april 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Il 2012 si è concluso con la perdita di una delle menti più fulgide e illuminate della scienza italiana. Rita Levi Montalcini è stata un esempio per intere generazioni di cosa significhi passione per la ricerca biomedica. Nomi come il suo e quello di Renato Dulbecco, scomparso lo scorso febbraio, hanno scritto pagine di storia della medicina, inducendo molti ragazzi a intraprendere percorsi di studio che avessero come obiettivo quello di incrementare le conoscenze al fine di migliorare la salute delle persone. Rita Levi Montalcini, però, era anche molto altro. Dotata di grande passione civica non ha mai mancato di dare il suo appoggio a battaglie di libertà e giustizia sociale. Divenne Senatrice a vita a 92 anni e si dichiarò subito più felice di questo riconoscimento che del Nobel vinto nel 1986 per le scoperte sul Fattore di crescita nervoso (Ngf). Da giovane, aveva dovuto lasciare l’Italia per le leggi razziali. Mai, però, abbandonò la ricerca, anche in situazioni di enorme precarietà. Conosceva bene il valore della vita ed era una grande combattente. Chi scrive ha avuto modo di conoscerla nei giorni caldi della fiducia al Governo Prodi, maggio 2006. In Senato c’era chi la sbeffeggiava e con grande insolenza le offriva in aiuto delle stampelle. Non ne aveva bisogno. Ogni volta che si trovava a parlare lei si alzava in piedi e a gran voce declamava il suo pensiero. Parlammo privatamente proprio della difficile situazione politica e mi dichiarò con fermezza che non si sarebbe fatta intimorire da nessuno e che lei il sostegno, a Prodi, non l’avrebbe fatto mancare. Poi incominciò l’intervento pubblico all’insegna delle sue parole d’ordine di sempre: giovani e ricerca.
Amava Bertrand Russell, in particolare queste parole in cui si riconosceva appieno e che per noi rappresentano il suo più meritato epitaffio: “Tre passioni semplici ma irresistibili hanno governato la mia vita: la ricerca della conoscenza, la sete d’amore e una struggente compassione per le sofferenze dell’umanità”. Nicola Miglino

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 ottobre 2010

Washington, Ei-ichi Negishi, Ph.D., who just shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will lead a Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) webinar Oct. 12 on  the discovery, development and application of the famed ZACA reaction. C&EN is the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. That landmark chemical reaction provides new ways of making medicines and other key products using green chemistry methods, which minimize or avoid the use of potentially toxic substances. ZACA stands for zirconium-catalyzed asymmetric carboalumination of alkenes. The webinar, sponsored by Aldrich Chemistry, will be broadcast live from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., at 9:30 a.m. EDT as part of a the fifthannual two-day Negishi-Brown and Catalytic Asymmetric and Other Selective Syntheses (CAOSS) Lectures. Stu Borman, deputy assistant managing editor of C&EN, will moderate the session. The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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Robert Edwards honoured as Nobel laureate

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 ottobre 2010

Brussels. ESHRE, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, warmly and proudly welcomes today’s announcement that the Cambridge reproductive biologist Robert Edwards has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Bob was a founder member of ESHRE and became the Society’s first chairman in 1985. The following year, under his drive and direction, ESHRE published the first issue of its journal, Human Reproduction, with Bob as editor, a role he was to continue for the next 15 years. Working with the gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe, Bob had pioneered the birth of the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, who was born in Oldham, UK, on 25th July 1978. Her birth – as well as Bob’s own enthusiasm and personal guidance – proved an inspiration to many other groups around the world to establish their own IVF programmes. Dr. Luca Gianaroli, ESHRE’s current chairman, says: “Without Bob there would be no ESHRE and no Human Reproduction, and all of us working in reproductive medicine would be the poorer for that. There can be few embryologists or IVF specialists today whose career and expertise have not been shaped in some way by ESHRE’s training and journals – and this is something we all owe ultimately to Bob. Today, ESHRE is the only group in the world to systematically collect IVF data on a cycle-by-cycle basis. The latest estimates, when added to other reports, put current global IVF activity at 1.5 million cycles per year. This corresponds to around 300,000 babies born each year, and a cumulative total of 4.3 million since Louise Brown in 1978. Average delivery rate treatment (in 2006) was 22.1%,

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“You Won It. Now Earn It”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 dicembre 2009

Oslo. On the eve of President Obama’s Nobel Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, Damon Moglen, Greenpeace USA’s climate campaign director, released the following statement: “President Obama, in part, has been awarded the Nobel Prize with the expectation that he will deliver the kind of leadership necessary to get a climate treaty responsive to the climate crisis faced by people around the world. “As the President prepares to receive this most prestigious award in Oslo, less than 500 kilometres away in Copenhagen all the pieces are in place for him to earn the honour by signing a fair, ambitious and legally binding deal. “In short, he won it, and now is the time to earn it.” Greenpeace is calling for a multilateral legally binding deal to be signed by Obama which includes: –  Emissions cuts of 40% by 2020 by industrialised countries (at 1990 levels); –  $140 billion a year from the industrialised world for developing countries to deal with climate impacts, act on climate change and stop deforestation; – An end to tropical deforestation by 2020; and –  Developing countries must reduce their projected emissions growth by 15-30% by 2020, with support from industrialised countries.

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A Concert With Screenings of Images

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2009

Toronto  April 4, 2009 – 7:00 pm  Bata Shoe Museum – 327 Bloor St. West,  Free admission From the telescope to the telegraph, to photomusic  (1609 – 1909 – 2009) By Duo Alterno (Tiziana Scandaletti soprano, Riccardo Piacentini composer and pianist) Tiziana Scandaletti (soprano) and Riccardo Piacentini (composer and pianist) are returning to Toronto  after a previous successful concert last year at the Music Gallery. The Duo proposes a concert at the  Bata Shoe Museum that focuses on two important anniversaries: the 400th anniversary of the use of  the telescope for astronomic observations by Galileo Galilei in 1609 and the 100th anniversary of the  Nobel Prize in 1909 to Guglielmo Marconi, who ushered in the wireless age with the invention of the  basic principles of the radiotelegraphy.

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