The winners included experts in the mysterious dark energy, a team developing molecular motors, climate experts, medical researchers and an economist. This year the award ceremony featured three prizes: the Descartes Prize for Transnational Collaborative Research, the Marie Curie Excellence Awards and the Science Communication Prize.
Toh-Ming Lu, the R.P. Baker Distinguished Professor of Physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a lifetime fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS). The MRS has recognized Lu for his contributions to the advancement of materials research, specifically his 'seminal contributions to the fundamental understanding of thin film morphological evolution.'
Acclaimed nanotechnology researcher Ted Sargent has been awarded a $10 million dollar grant from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia - an international graduate-level research university set to open in September 2009.
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a road map that brings academia and the semiconductor industry one step closer to realizing carbon nanotube interconnects, and alleviating the current bottleneck of information flow that is limiting the potential of computer chips in everything from personal computers to portable music players.
The European ICT research project OLLA organizes its fourth and last edition of the International Summer School on OLEDs. During this event an international group of top experts will explain and discuss the latest developments and challenges of Organic Light Emitting Diodes, a new and promising lighting technology.
The cooling of atoms to near absolute zero has been possible thanks largely to laser-based techniques, but only about 10 percent of elements in the periodic table have the necessary atomic level structure. A new two-step technique promises to cool atoms representing 90 percent of the elements.
Two leaders in biomedical research - the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University School of Medicine - will join forces in a new stem cell initiative that will catalyze research and serve as a magnet for scholars from around the world.
A novel aerosol version of the most common tuberculosis (TB) vaccine, administered directly to the lungs as an oral mist, offers significantly better protection against the disease in experimental animals than a comparable dose of the traditional injected vaccine, researchers report this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
NIST researchers reported at the March Meeting of the American Physical Society how they have improved manipulation of so-called block copolymers - polymers made of a mixture of two or more different molecule building blocks that are tethered at a junction point - which can form arrays of tiny dots that could be used as the basis for electronic components that pack terabytes (1000 gigabytes) of memory in something as small as a pack of gum.