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TÜBA 2016 Academy Prizes Awarded

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TÜBA 2016 Academy Prizes have been awarded to Şerif Mardin, Mary-Claire King and Omar M. Yaghi.

TÜBA Academy Prizes are annually given, in three categories, to nominated scientists with original, leading and path-breaking works in their fields. Nominations are made by TÜBA members, science academies in the world and other science institutions and scientists invited as nominators.

Şerif Mardin, of Istanbul City University, received the prize in the category of Social Sciences and Humanities in recognition of his works in modernity and religion, modernization in Turkey, ideology and civil society, centre-periphery and neighbourhood-school relations in Turkey.

Mary-Claire King, Professor of Genome Sciences and of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington, has been awarded in the category of Health and Life Sciences in recognition of her studies in the field of breast cancer genetics.

Omar M. Yaghi,  the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, has become the receiver of the prize in the category of Basic and Engineering Sciences in recognition of his works in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at an awards ceremony, held by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

 

Prof. Bekhzod Yuldashev FIAS becomes President of Uzbekistan Science Academy

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yuldashevTashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — Academician Bekhzod Yuldashev was elected as the President of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, the press service of the Academy said.

On 10 January, General Meeting of the Uzbekistan Science Academy was held in Tashkent. Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov participated in the meeting.

During the meeting, the doctor of physical and mathematical sciences, academician Bekhzod Yuldashev was elected president of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. In this post, he replaced academician Shavkat Salikhov.

During the meeting, the participants made suggestions to strengthen cooperation between research institutions, universities and industry.

It was noted that the Government pays great attention to comprehensive support for basic research. It was stated that a concept of development of the Academy of Sciences and industry research is developed now.

http://www.uzdaily.com/articles-id-38097.htm

TÜBA 2016 Academy Prizes Awarded

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tubaTÜBA 2016 Academy Prizes have been awarded to Şerif Mardin, Mary-Claire King and Omar M. Yaghi. TÜBA warmly congratulates the laureates.

TÜBA Academy Prizes are annually given, in three categories, to nominated scientists with original, leading and path-breaking works in their fields. Nominations are made by TÜBA members, science academies in the world and other science institutions and scientists invited as nominators.

Şerif Mardin, of Istanbul City University, received the prize in the category of Social Sciences and Humanities in recognition of his works in modernity and religion, modernization in Turkey, ideology and civil society, centre-periphery and neighbourhood-school relations in Turkey.

Mary-Claire King, Professor of Genome Sciences and of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington, has been awarded in the category of Health and Life Sciences in recognition of her studies in the field of breast cancer genetics.

Omar M. Yaghi,  the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, has become the receiver of the prize in the category of Basic and Engineering Sciences in recognition of his works in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

The Academy Prizes comprise an Academy Medal and prize money of USD 30.000 for each laureate. The laureates will be awarded their prizes by his Excellency President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in a special ceremony to be held in the Presidential Palace.

Speaking on the announcement of TUBA Academy Prizes, Professor Ahmet Cevat Acar, the president of TÜBA, said that the Academy Prizes constituted a milestone in the mission of TUBA and it has become an important channel for Turkey to address international scientific community.

http://www.tuba.gov.tr/news/tuba-2016-academy-prizes-awarded/id/1590

Prof. Jackie Y. Ying, Laureate of the IAS-COMSTECH Ibrahim Memorial Award 2015

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IAS had instituted an Award some time ago in honour of Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim, IAS Founding Fellow from Bangladesh. Previous winners of course include Professors Abdollahi, the late Prof. Dilmen among others.

The IAS Council after careful consideration has picked Professor Jackie Ying (Singapore), Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, and Laureate of the 2015 Mustafa Prize to be the Laureate of the IAS-COMSTECH  Ibrahim Memorial Award 2015.

Jackie Y. Ying was born in Taipei, and raised in Singapore and New York, and graduated with B.E. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from The Cooper Union in 1987. As an AT&T Bell Laboratories Ph.D. Scholar at Princeton University, she began research in materials chemistry, linking the importance of materials processing and microstructure with the tailoring of materials surface chemistry and energetics. She pursued research in nanocrystalline materials with Prof. Herbert Gleiter at the Institute for New Materials, Saarbrücken, Germany as NSF-NATO Post-doctoral Fellow and Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow. Prof. Ying joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1992, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and to Professor in 2001. She is currently the Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Singapore. IBN is a multidisciplinary national research institute founded by Prof. Ying in March 2003 to advance the frontiers of engineering, science and medicine; it has grown to over 170 research staff and students under Prof. Ying’s leadership.

Prof. Ying’s research is interdisciplinary in nature, with a theme in the synthesis of advanced nanostructured materials for catalytic and biomaterial applications. Her laboratory has been responsible for several novel wetchemical and physical vapor synthesis approaches that create nanocomposites, nanoporous materials and nanodevices with unique size-dependent characteristics. These new systems are designed for applications ranging from biosensors and diagnostics, targeted delivery of drugs and proteins, generation of biomimetic implants and tissue scaffolds, pharmaceuticals synthesis, to green chemistry and energy. Prof. Ying has authored over 340 articles, and presented over 430 invited lectures on this subject at international conferences.

Prof. Ying has been recognized with a number of research awards, including the American Ceramic Society Ross C. Purdy Award for the most valuable contribution to the ceramic technical literature in 1993, David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Royal Academy of Engineering ICI Faculty Fellowship, American Chemical Society Faculty Fellowship Award in Solid-State Chemistry, Technology Review’s Inaugural TR100 Young Innovator Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Allan P. Colburn Award for excellence in publications, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and Chemical Engineering Science Peter V. Danckwerts Lectureship. She was elected a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina in 2005 as the youngest member of the Academy. She was named one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by AIChE in its Centennial Celebration, and honored with the Great Woman of Our Time Award for Science and Technology by Singapore Women’s Weekly. She was the first recipient of the Singapore National Institute of Chemistry-BASF Award in Materials Chemistry. She received the Service to Education Awards from the Ministry of Education, Singapore in 2011 and 2015. She led the invention on MicroKit, which received the 2011 Asian Innovation Silver Award from the Wall Street Journal Asia. She was recipient of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Jubilee Medal in 2012. Prof. Ying was selected by The Muslim 500 in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims. She was elected as a Materials Research Society Fellow in 2013, a Royal Society of Chemistry (U.K.) Fellow in 2014, an American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow in 2015, an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2015, and a Singapore National Academy of Science Fellow in 2016. She was selected as an Inaugural Inductee for the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. She received the Crown Prince Grand Prize and the ASEAN New Invention and Innovation First Prize in the Brunei Crown Prince Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award, and the Medal of Honor from the Academy of A*STAR Outstanding Publications Award 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 A*STAR Patent Power Award 2009 and 2010 Singapore HEALTH Award (Platinum) 2012, (Gold) 2008 and 2010 www.ibn.a-star.edu.sg Sciences of Iran in 2015. She was the inaugural winner of the Mustafa Prize “Top Scientific Achievement Award” in 2015 for her research in bio-nanotechnology. The laureate of this science and technology award receives a certificate, an engraved medal and US$500,000 in prize money. She led the invention on Dengue Test Kit, which was named one of top 50 innovations in Singapore for 1965–2015 (INNOVATI50N).

Prof. Ying serves on the Advisory Board of the Society for Biological Engineering. She was appointed by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2006 to serve on the blue-ribbon committee that identified the grand challenges and opportunities for engineering in the 21st century. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Molecular Frontiers (a global think tank that promotes molecular sciences), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Catalysis Center, and National University of Ireland Galway Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM).

Prof. Ying is the Editor-in-Chief of Nano Today. Under Prof. Ying’s leadership, Nano Today underwent a successful transition from a magazine to a journal, witnessing major increases in the Impact Factor from 5.929 in 2007 to 15.000 in 2014 (Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports®). Nano Today now ranks 3rd among the 79 journals in the ISI Nanoscience and Nanotechnology category, 7th among the 259 journals in the Materials Science (Multidisciplinary) category, and 7th among the 157 journals in Chemistry (Multidisciplinary) category.

In addition, Prof. Ying is Advisory Editor for Materials Today and Molecular and Supramolecular Science, Honorary Editor of Biomaterials and Biodevices, Associate Editor of The Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, and Regional Editor of Current Bionanotechnology. She serves on the Honorary Advisory Board of Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and the Editorial Board of Journal of Porous Materials, Nanoparticle Science and Technology, Journal of Metastable and Nanostructured Materials, Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, Biomolecular Frontiers, International Journal of Molecular Engineering, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications, Journal of Biomedical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Nano Research, Cambridge Series in Chemical Engineering, Macromolecular Bioscience, Biomicrofluidics, The Open Catalysis Journal, Nano: Letters and Reviews, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Asia, American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Nano Energy, Nano Energy and Nano Environment, and Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials, Biomaterials Science, Trends in Molecular Medicine, Materials Horizons, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, and Applied Materials Today. She was Editor for Advances in Chemical Engineering, Associate Editor of Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia and Nanostructured Materials, and Guest Editor for Materials Science and Engineering A, Nanostructured Materials, AIChE Journal, and Chemistry of Materials. She served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Electroceramics, Applied Catalysis A: General, Journal of Nanomaterials, Biomedical Materials: Materials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Letters in Organic Chemistry, and ACS Nano. She was a member of the International Advisory Board of University of Queensland Nanomaterials Centre (Australia), Leibniz-Institut für Festkörper- und Werkstoffforschung Dresden (Germany), and National Research Council Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Canada). She was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Alexander von Humboldt Association of America.

Prof. Ying is an Honorary Professor of Jilin University (China) and Sichuan University (China), and an Adjunct Professor of National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and King Saud University (Saudi Arabia). Prof. Ying has over 150 primary patents issued or pending, and has served on the Advisory Boards of 6 start-up companies and 2 venture capital funds. One of the spinoff companies that she cofounded, SmartCells, Inc., has developed a technology platform that is capable of auto-regulating the release of insulin therapeutic depending on the blood glucose levels. Merck acquired SmartCells, Inc. in 2010, with potential aggregate payments in excess of $500 million to further develop this technology for clinical trials.

In Memoriam, Ralph J. Cicerone (1943-2016)

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November 5, 2016

National Academy of Sciences President Emeritus Ralph J. Cicerone — a leader of science and world-renowned authority on atmospheric chemistry and climate change — died at his home in New Jersey on November 5. He was 73.

Cicerone served as the 21st president of the National Academy of Sciences from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2016. Throughout his tenure, Cicerone was a steady voice for science in Washington, always maintaining a civilized and respectful dialogue with politicians and policymakers on some of the most challenging and controversial scientific issues of our time. At the same time, he remained a strong advocate for independent scientific advice — the hallmark of the Academy since its founding in 1863 — to inform government decision-making and public discourse.

His significant milestones and accomplishments include the restoration and renovation of the historic National Academy of Sciences building on the National Mall, the creation of a $500 million Gulf Research Program following the Deepwater Horizon disaster, two visits to NAS by President Obama, and a number of influential studies that helped to define the causes, extent, and effects of global climate change.

“The entire scientific community is mourning the sudden and untimely loss of this great leader who has been unexpectedly removed from the forefront of the scientific issues that matter most to the future well-being of society,” said Marcia McNutt, Cicerone’s successor as president of the National Academy of Sciences. “Ralph Cicerone was a model for all of us of not only doing what counts, but doing it with honesty, integrity, and deep passion.”

Cicerone was an atmospheric scientist whose research placed him at the forefront in shaping science and environmental policy, both nationally and internationally. In 2001, he led a key National Academy of Sciences study about climate change requested by President George W. Bush. Ten years later, under Cicerone’s leadership, a comprehensive set of reports titled America’s Climate Choices, which called for action on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while identifying strategies to help the nation and world adapt to a changing climate, were issued. Under Cicerone’s guidance, the NAS and the Royal Society — the science academy of the U.K. — teamed up in 2014 to produce Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, a readable publication written for policymakers, educators, and members of the public.

Engaging the general public in science was a major priority for Cicerone, who spearheaded the creation of the NAS’s Science & Entertainment Exchange. This unique program connects entertainment industry professionals in Hollywood with top scientists and engineers to assist in the portrayal of science in film and TV. He also worked on developing the widely cited 2008 book Science, Evolution and Creationism, which laid out the scientific evidence supporting evolution in a readable way for many audiences.

Helping scientists probe and understand the promise and potential problems posed by powerful emerging technologies like gene editing also was a priority for Cicerone. In 2015, he had a leading role in convening an international summit to explore the many issues raised by the arrival of a new class of genetic tools (such as CRISPR/Cas 9) for potential use in transforming humans, plants, and animals.

Within the NAS, Cicerone’s initiatives demonstrated his commitment to maintaining the institution’s relevance in a rapidly changing world — while still upholding its values of independence and excellence. Under his leadership, the NAS focused on increasing the number of women, minorities, and younger scientists elected to its membership. Cicerone also spoke out publicly for the need to maintain integrity and transparency in research. In his frequent visits and consultations with members of Congress, key Hill staffers, and federal agency heads, he spoke out on behalf of science and science education.

Prior to his election as president of the Academy, Cicerone served as chancellor of the University of California, Irvine from 1998 to 2005. He received a number of honorary degrees and many awards in recognition of his scientific work. He earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a varsity baseball player. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering, with a minor in physics, were from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Cicerone is survived by his wife Carol M. Cicerone, their daughter, and two grandchildren.

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