On Monday November 10th, the New York Academy of Sciences and the Blavatnik Family Foundation honored the three winners and six finalists of the 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists during the Academy’s annual Gala.
The 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards honorees were selected for their exceptional research from a pool of over 220 outstanding nominations from 32 institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Winners and finalists received unrestricted cash prizes and were presented with medals.
Regional honorees awarded in the Chemistry category were introduced by Dr. Laurie Glimcher, Dean at Weill Cornell Medical College; Dr. Paul Horn,Sr. Vice Provost for Research and Sr. Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering introduced the winners and finalists in the Physical Sciences & Engineering category; and Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President of The Rockefeller University introduced honorees in the Life Sciences category. All were presented with their medals by Peter Thoren from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and each of the three winners gave a brief presentation about their award-winning work.
To see the full list of the 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists winners and finalists, please click here.
This year’s Gala themed “The Beautiful Mind: New York Neuroscience Burns Bright” brought together the best and brightest in neuroscience research from across New York, Academy supporters from industry, philanthropy, and government, Blavatnik Awards alumni, members of the Regional Jury, and members of the Blavatnik Awards Scientific Advisory Council.
“On behalf of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, I would like to thank the judges for all of the hard work they put in over the past year, and to congratulate this evening’s honorees as well as the honorees from previous years. I would also like to thank our partners at the Academy who, over the past few years, have put together this wonderful program. We look forward to many future years of discovery and celebration,” said Peter Thoren, Representative of the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Executive Vice President of Access Industries.
The evening before the Gala, on November 9th, the Blavatnik Family Foundation hosted a cocktail reception in honor of this year’s regional winners and finalists and regional judges. The event was attended by the Blavatnik Awards alumni and supporters of the Awards.