TEL AVIV, Israel, May 16 /CNW/ - The Dan David Prize award ceremony took
place yesterday at Tel Aviv University, in the presence of Mr. Shimon
Peres, President of the State of Israel, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano,
President of the Republic of Italy, Prof. Joseph Klafter, President of
Tel Aviv University and Chairman of the Board Dan David Prize, Mr. Dan
David, Founder of the Dan David Prize, the 2011 Dan David Prize
laureates, foreign ambassadors, and prominent academic and business
figures from Israel and abroad.
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Awards were presented to:
Prof. Marcus Feldman (Stanford University) for his groundbreaking
research in the domain of animal and plant evolution.
Joel and Ethan Coen (USA) for their original and creative partnership
unique in the history of filmmaking.
Prof. Cynthia Kenyon (University of California, SF) and Prof. Gary
Ruvkun (Harvard Medical School) for their research, which established
that ageing is genetically regulated and that a hormone similar to
human insulin is key to longevity.
The Dan David Prize has been awarded since the year 2002 to individuals
or institutions with proven, exceptional excellence in the sciences,
arts, and humanities within each of the three time dimensions: past,
present, and future. ($1Million is awarded in each time dimension).
The ceremony included artistic performances by Sally-Anne Friedland
Dance Drama Company in a dance trilogy exploring the past, present and
future; The Chamber Choir of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel
Aviv University, conducted by Ronen Borshevsky, which performed
Miserere, by Gregorio Allegri; and the GILA Dance Troupe, composed of
15 venerable ladies in an exciting performance about facing life's
The laureates donate 10% of their prize money towards 20 scholarships
for outstanding doctoral and post doctoral students from all over the
The Dan David Prize seeks to impact on the next generation of leaders
and involves high school students through the "Name Your Hero" Essay
Various attendant events are taking place this week at Tel Aviv
University within the framework of the Dan David Prize:
New Frontiers in Evolution
A symposium with Prof. Marcus Feldman
Accept the Mystery
A symposium with Joel and Ethan Coen
On Genes and Ageing
A symposium with Prof. Cynthia Kenyon and Prof. Gary Ruvkun
The ceremony and attendant events can be viewed at: http://video.tau.ac.il/DanDavid-Prize-11
For more information visit http://www.dandavidprize.org.
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Ms. Orly Fromer
Director of Media Relations
Dan David Prize