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Professor Simon Asher Levin received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement on April 25. The Tyler Prize was established in 1973 as one of the world’s first international environmental awards. It is awarded to individuals who have made significant achievements in the fields of environmental science, environmental health and energy. Professor Levin was highly commended for his research elucidating the complexity of and relationships between species and ecosystems. At the award ceremony on April 25, 2014, Professor Levin was presented with a check for US$200,000.
Medical Scientist, Dr. Shinya Yamanaka (2010 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Advanced Technology) recently received the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences along with a cash reward of US$ 3 million. The prize was founded by top U.S. business executives: Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Facebook, Inc., Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google, Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman of the board of Apple Inc. and others, to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extending human life. Dr.Yamanaka’s selection reflects the development of technology for generating Induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) Cells.
Biologist, Dr. Leroy Edward Hood (2002 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Advanced Technology) was awarded the U.S. National Medal of Science on February 1. He was given the medal by President Barack Obama himself at a ceremony held at the White House. Dr. Hood was selected for pioneering spirit, passion, vision, inventions, and leadership combined with unique cross-disciplinary approaches resulting in entrepreneurial ventures, transformative commercial products, and several new scientific disciplines.