New $1.5 million award for scientists working on big data
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has announced an open call for applications for its brand-new Data-Driven Discovery Investigator competition. The foundation’s science program expects to offer about 15 awards this year to selected investigators at ~$1.5 million each ($200-300K/year for five years).
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AAAS member Douglas Radford Shanklin dead at 83
AAAS member Douglas Radford Shanklin, A.B., M.D., F.R.S.M. passed way suddenly from cancer on November 12, 2013, in Washington D.C. He was 83.
Council elects 388 new AAAS Fellows
The AAAS Council has elected 388 members as Fellows of AAAS for the year 2013. These individuals will be recognized for their contributions to science and technology during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago, which will take place February 13 to 17. Learn more about this exciting new class on AAAS's website.
AAAS Fellow Abolghassem Ghaffari dead at 106
Renowned scientist and AAAS Fellow Abolghassem Ghaffari, who had taught at Harvard and Princeton Universities, passed away November 5 in Los Angeles. He was 106 years old. In the early part of his career, he was Albert Einstein's colleague at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University under the direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer. On October 12, he was honored at Harvard University for his lifetime achievements.
U.S. Nobel Prize winners honored in D.C.
Each year, the Embassy of Sweden in D.C. hosts the American Nobel Prize winners for the largest celebration of their achievements on this side of Stockholm. On November 19th, fresh from a meeting with President Barack Obama, the nine newly minted laureates shared stories of their discoveries and discussed the challenges faced by U.S. science for an attentive audience of policymakers, diplomats, academics, and the media.
AAAS member Craig Packer: Lioness death at zoo cause for concern
The Dallas Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its lionesses, five-year-old Johari (also known at Jo-Jo), who died on November 17 after being bitten in the neck by a male lion in her pride. Early news reports suggested two male lions where involved in the attack. The zoo is investigating the incident, which included a necropsy of the slain lioness. In the immediate hours following the attack, the lions were separated and taken off exhibit.
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Submit applications for 2014 cancer research award
AAAS and Science Translational Medicine invite applications for the 2014 AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award. This annual award, funded by an endowment established through a generous bequest from Martin L. Wachtel, will honor an early-career investigator who has performed outstanding work in the field of cancer research. Entrants must have received their Ph.D. or M.D. within the last 10 years. The award winner will be invited to deliver a public lecture on his or her research and will receive a cash award of $25,000. The award winner's Essay will be published as a Perspective in Science Translational Medicine.
Application deadline is March 1, 2014. For more information see http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/wachtel/
U.S. shutdown coverage
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