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$200,000 Prize will be Awarded Following Presentations Before Distinguished Guests and an Illustrious Panel of Judges Including Nobel Laureate Peter Agre, Robert Shelton, Jim Simons and Esther Takeuchi

             Alan Alda will make opening remarks. The legendary actor is founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University.

WHAT:          The Stony Brook University Discovery Fund Prize was created by the Stony Brook Foundation in response to a nationwide call to augment public funding of university research with philanthropic support. The $200,000 Discovery Prize will be awarded following presentations before a panel of illustrious judges. The presentations will unveil innovative research ideas in areas that include herpes virus vaccine development, finding a stronger resource for advancing wireless energy, genetics vs natural selection to advance cancer research, and making a faster computer using quantum mechanics.

The illustrious panel of judges includes:

  • Peter Agre, MD – Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and professor at Johns Hopkins University;
  • Robert Shelton, PhD– President ofResearch Corporation for Science Advancement and former president of the University of Arizon
  • James H. Simons, PhD--Chairman of the Simons Foundation; founder of Renaissance Technologies and former Chairman of the Mathematics Department at Stony Brook University;
  • Esther Takeuchi, PhD--holder of 150 patents and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Stony Brook University.

WHEN:          Thursday, December 11, 2014         10:30 am to 12:30 pm  Among the honored guests attending the event will be Richard Gelfond,Chair of the Stony Brook Foundation and CEO of IMAX, and Marilyn Simons, President of the Simons Foundation. 

10:30 am – Opening Ceremony and Presentations – with Lunch Following

Noon – Awarding of the Prize 

WHERE:       Simons Foundation – 160 Fifth Avenue (at 21st Street) in New York City


About the Discovery Fund:  The Discovery Fund is Stony Brook University’s response to a nationwide call to augment public funding of university research with philanthropic support. The Fund was created by the Stony Brook Foundation, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to raise and manage private philanthropic gifts, grants, and funds to advance the goals of Stony Brook University. The Discovery Fund is one of 15 such funds supported by universities in the Science Philanthropy Alliance who are working together to increase private investment in fundamental research. For more information, visit www.stonybrook.edu/discoveryfund  

About the Science Philanthropy Alliance: The Science Philanthropy Alliance was founded by six funders committed to discovery-driven scientific research who are working together to increase private investment in fundamental research and ultimately help ensure a better and more prosperous future. By promoting collaboration among those who are interested in this vital stage of scientific discovery, the Science Philanthropy Alliance aims to substantially increase philanthropic funding for fundamental research within five years and to create a community of funders of fundamental research.

About Stony Brook University: Part of the State University of New York system, Stony Brook University encompasses 200 buildings on 1,450 acres. Since welcoming its first incoming class in 1957, the University has grown tremendously, now with more than 25,000 students, 2,200 faculty and 20 NCAA Division I athletic programs. Its membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) places Stony Brook among the top 62 research institutions in North America. U.S. News & World Report ranks Stony Brook among the top 40 public universities in the nation, and Kiplinger named it the 29th best value in public colleges for in-state students and 20th for out-of-state students. One of four University Center campuses in the SUNY system, Stony Brook University co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory, putting it in an elite group of universities that runs federal research and development laboratories. As the largest single-site employer on Long Island, Stony Brook is a driving force of the regional economy, with an annual economic impact of $4.65 billion, generating nearly 60,000 jobs, and accounts for nearly 4% of all economic activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and roughly 7.5 percent of total jobs in Suffolk County.





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