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  • Rockefeller University names Robert Sapolsky 2008 Lewis Thomas Prize winner | Newswire
    by The Rockefeller University Board of Trustees the prize is named after its first recipient writer educator and physician scientist Lewis Thomas The award honors the rare individual who bridges the worlds of science and the humanities whose voice and vision can tell us about science s aesthetic and philosophical dimensions Past recipients of the award include Jared Diamond Oliver Sachs Edward O Wilson and Richard Dawkins An alumnus of Rockefeller University Sapolsky studied in the neuroendocrinology laboratory of Bruce S McEwen After receiving his Ph D in 1984 he began what has become a 30 plus year research project observing a troop of baboons in the East African Serengeti Plain His account of the experience returning to Kenya for several months each year is chronicled in A Primate s Memoir which won numerous awards and critical acclaim He is also the author of four other award winning books and over 400 scientific papers and is a frequent contributor to popular periodicals Robert writes with a voice that is both self deprecating and reverent of humanity says Paul Nurse the university s president Through his candor his incisiveness and his humor Robert evinces the delight that is inherent in scientific exploration and discovery It is a great pleasure to recognize him with the Lewis Thomas Prize In addition to his role as research associate at the Institute of Primate Research of the National Museums of Kenya Sapolsky is an expert on the effects of stress on the brain and holds the John A and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professorship in the departments of biological sciences and neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University and the department of neurosurgery at the Stanford School of Medicine In addition to the Lewis Thomas Prize Sapolsky has received a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the

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  • Robert Sopolsky | Newswire
    University s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2008 The award recognizes Sapolsky s 2001 publication A Primate s Memoir A Neuroscientist s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons and will be presented to him at a ceremony at the university s Caspary Auditorium on June 2 More Tags Lewis Thomas Prize Robert Sopolsky Search for Categories Science News Awards and Honors Campus News Grants Gifts Topics Video Archive

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  • Richard Dawkins accepts 2006 Lewis Thomas Prize | Newswire
    Past recipients of the award include Jared Diamond Thomas Eisner Oliver Sachs and Edward O Wilson Best known for promoting the gene centered view of evolution in his 1976 bestseller The Selfish Gene Dawkins is critically regarded for his ability to convey large universal theories by use of detailed examples taken from a lifetime of observation of the natural world The mating instinct of certain male spiders he explains in The Selfish Gene which after reproducing may be eaten by the cannibalistic female illustrates how the interests of the gene override the interests of the organism in the process of natural selection Dawkins s work in this vein has lent itself to interdisciplinary studies including sociobiology evolutionary biology and memetics the study of cultural evolution that Dawkins himself helped found Dawkins is the author of nine books including The Extended Phenotype The Blind Watchmaker and Unweaving the Rainbow bestsellers that have been translated into several languages and have garnered prestigious international awards including the Royal Society of Literature Award and the Los Angeles Times Prize In eloquent evocative prose Richard Dawkins conveys the certainty that rather than diminishing the myriad beauties of the universe and extinguishing wonderment at its mysteries science reveals truths that are yet more awe inspiring than the mysteries they solve President Nurse said at the award ceremony As such he has achieved the ideal of the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science Dawkins is the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford An Oxford graduate he studied under Nobel Prize winning ethologist Nikolaas Tinbergen In 2006 he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science an organization established to finance research into the psychology of belief and religion support scientific education programs and publicize secular charitable organizations

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  • Thomas Eisner to receive 2005 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science | Newswire
    Oliver Sacks E O Wilson and Jean Pierre Changeux From the millipede to the bombardier beetle to the garden slug Eisner who is Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Chemical Ecology at Cornell University and director of the Cornell Institute for Research in Chemical Ecology has yet to meet an insect he didn t love He is one of the pioneers of chemical ecology a discipline devoted to the study of chemical interactions between organisms But in addition to his inventive scientific career Eisner has chronicled his studies of insects and how they mate trap their prey and defend themselves in books and on film He is author or co author of nine books including For Love of Insects winner of the Best Science Book in the 2004 Independent Publisher Book Awards And he is a well known nature photographer his film Secret Weapons won the Grand Award at the New York Film Festival and was named Best Science Film by the British Association for the Advancement of Science A field biologist with working experience on four continents Eisner is an active conservationist He is the president of the Xerces Society an organization devoted to the preservation of invertebrates He played a key role in initiating the Congressional Fellows Program in Washington and in efforts to preserve wilderness areas in Florida and Texas Most recently he advocated chemical prospecting the search for new medicinals agrochemicals and other useful substances from nature He has brokered a prospecting partnership between Merck Co and Costa Rica intended to engender revenue for preservation of Costa Rican biodiversity Eisner grew up in Uruguay and is a naturalized American citizen He received his B S and Ph D degrees from Harvard University Eisner is a member of the board of directors of the Union of Concerned Scientists

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  • Thomas Eisner | Newswire
    and evolution Thomas Eisner has been chosen to receive The Rockefeller University s 2005 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science His prize lecture The Ruling Class Tales of Insect Survival will be on Tuesday October 11 and is open to the public More Tags Lewis Thomas Prize Thomas Eisner Search for Categories Science News Awards and Honors Campus News Grants Gifts Topics Video Archive 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

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  • Renowned French neuroscientist Jean-Pierre Changeux receives Rockefeller University’s science writing prize | Newswire
    of Human Knowledge Reading from the prize citation Nurse said Objective knowledge embodied in the scientific method is a characteristic feature of human cognition throughout evolution Changeux argues Understanding the physiology of truth as he calls it can provide an ethical foundation for civil society that upholds the values of peace justice and harmony within and among human societies The Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science honors the rare individual who bridges the worlds of science and the humanities whose voice and vision can tell us about science s aesthetic and philosophical dimensions providing not merely new information but cause for reflection even revelation Previous recipients of the prize first awarded in 1993 to the late physician and essayist Lewis Thomas include Jared Diamond Oliver Sacks and E O Wilson Changeux s writings include the classic Neuronal Man The Biology of Mind 1983 The Physiology of Truth Neuroscience and Human Knowledge 2004 Raison et Plaisir 1994 which investigates the cerebral origin of artistic creation and its enjoyment and a collaboration with philosopher Paul Ricoeur What Makes Us Think A Neuroscientist and a Philosopher Argue about Ethics Human Nature and the Brain 1998 Changeux heads the Laboratory of Receptors and Cognition at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and is a professor at the College de France He is a founder of modern neurobiology whose studies of nicotinic receptors in the brain have been fundamental to understanding how nerve cells communicate to produce memory learning processes emotions reward mechanisms and consciousness Changeux s many contributions to science have been recognized by the Balzan Prize Linus Pauling Medal Max Delbruck Medal Louis Jeantet Prize Gold Medal of the CNRS Richard Lounsbery Prize and Gairdner Foundation International Award among other honors He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and president

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  • Jean-Pierre Changeux | Newswire
    University s science writing prize Jean Pierre Changeux Ph D one of the boldest thinkers in modern neuroscience received the Rockefeller University Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science Tues March 29 More Tags Jean Pierre Changeux Lewis Thomas Prize Search for Categories Science News Awards and Honors Campus News Grants Gifts Topics Video Archive 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 more About Contact Follow rockefelleruniv Like The Rockefeller University RU

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  • Lewis Thomas Prize Honors Ernst Mayr | Newswire
    award winning author and scientist who served in many positions including dean of the New York University School of Medicine and president and chancellor of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center received the prize in 1993 In 1994 The Rockefeller University presented the prize to Nobel laureate molecular geneticist and author François Jacob M D Ph D In 1995 Abraham Pais Ph D Detlev W Bronk Professor Emeritus at Rockefeller and an eminent physicist and science writer received the prize The 1996 winner was mathematical physicist and author Freeman Dyson professor emeritus of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton Max Perutz Ph D Nobel Prize winner and molecular biologist received the award in 1997 A primary author of the modern evolutionary synthesis Ernst Mayr has long been regarded as the world s greatest living evolutionary biologist says Wiesel With the writing of his monumental history The Growth of Biological Thought and in subsequent works directed at the scholar and general reader alike Dr Mayr has proved himself an epic chronicler of the evolution of human understanding of the living world and an original and forceful philosophical proponent of the unique intellectual character of the life sciences Born in Kempten Germany in 1904 Mayr took an early and keen interest in birds and by age 10 could recognize all of the local species by call as well as sight In 1923 he enrolled as a medical student in the University of Greifswald a school he reportedly chose because of its ornithologically rich surroundings While a first year medical student Mayr published his first scientific paper in Ornithologische Monatsberichte After passing his candidate of medicine examinations and completing preclinical studies in 1925 he switched to an ornithological Ph D program under the tutelage of Erwin Stresemann curator of birds

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