Los Angeles S&T Newsletter #57 – December 2014
The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles would like to wish you a Happy Holidays - and then invite you to the following events happening this December !
December 3-6, 2014 - Save The Date ! The World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS14) is just around the corner ! Last year was a great success, taking place in San Diego, CA. With the theme “Connect, Collaborate, Cure,” the summit brought together leaders, innovators, and visionaries in the fields of stem cell and regenerative medicine who are committed to accelerating the discovery and development of lifesaving cures and therapies. This year, the summit is taking place in San Antonio, TX and the three day event will include panel discussions, poster presentations, and talks by acclaimed doctors and researchers from around the world. We encourage those of you in the area to attend. For more information and to register for this event, please visit WSCS14.
December 9, 2014 - Save The Date ! The Alliance Française de Denver will be hosting a Café Scientifique on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:00pm on the topic of "Environmental and health organizations in France and the US." Guest speakers are Côme Daniau, who will speak about "How the Institut de Veille Sanitaire manages environmental health," and Pierre-André Cabanes, presenting "The management of environmental risk in the EDF Group." To RSVP to this free event, send an email to Alliance Française de Denver or call 303-831-0304.
FACTS - Los Angeles We would like to thank everyone who came out to the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS conference on November 14, since it was an amazing success ! More than 250 people came to hear both French and American panelists speak about current environmental issues, leading up to the COP21 in Paris next year. Los Angeles was the final location for the FACTS tour, reinforcing the importance of climate change, not only in the context of a shared emissions burden, but also as an opportunity to create employment, economic growth and innovative modes of production and consumption in the future.
The French Consulate would also like to congratulate two French recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prize Award in Life Sciences. Alim Louis Benabid, from Joseph Fourier University, is being recognized for the discovery and pioneering work on the development of high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Benabid also won the prestigious Lasker Award earlier this year for the same work. Additionally, Emmanuelle Charpentier, from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research and Umeå University, harnessed an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine. She was granted a $3 million award.
ATTENTION ALL PHD STUDENTS, the application for the OST’s Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is almost due ! This program aims at creating collaborations, partnerships, and joint projects between American universities and a French host institution at the doctorate level. Fellows are chosen based on merit with priority given to candidates working toward a dual PhD degree with their respective French host institution. Applications are due by January 31, 2015, and more information can be found at http://www.chateaubriand-fellowship.org.
Happy Holidays and see you in 2015 !