June 20, 2013 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The World Food Prize Foundation on Wednesday took the bold step of awarding this year's prize to three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops. The private nonprofit foundation, which is in part funded by biotechnology companies, refused to shy away from the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops that organic-food advocates say are harmful to people and the environment. "If we were to be deterred by a controversy, that would diminish our prize," said the foundation's president, Kenneth Quinn, a retired diplomat.
May 30, 2013 |
In a non-Olympic year, two favorites at the Devon Horse Show agreed on what Thursday's $100,000 Grand Prix is all about. "Some good prize money," Beezie Madden said with a laugh. Todd Minikus didn't laugh. "Money," he said. "Some guys throw baseballs for money, some guys throw footballs for money, some guys write for the newspaper for money. I ride horses for money. That's what it's about. "This year there's no championship or anything for me, and so it's [about] winning Grand Prix and trying to just make enough money so you can keep going to the next shows.
May 28, 2013 |
CANNES, France - In the end, it was all very civil, according to Steven Spielberg, president of the 66th Cannes Film Festival jury, characterizing the decision to award the Palme d'Or to the French love story Blue is the Warmest Color : The Life of Adele over the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis . The latter took the Grand Prix, a runner-up prize, for the Coens, who were not present for the ceremony but whose long shadow has been...
May 27, 2013
Haynes Johnson, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who migrated from newspapers to television, books, and teaching, died Friday. In a statement to the Washington Post newsroom, managing editor Kevin Merida said Mr. Johnson died of a heart attack. Mr. Johnson was awarded a Pulitzer in 1966 for reporting on the civil rights struggle in Selma, Ala., while with the Washington Star. He spent about 12 years at the Star before joining the Washington Post in 1969. He was a columnist for the Post from 1977 to 1994.
May 25, 2013 |
"My Best Day Ever" was the theme of this year's national Doodle 4 Google contest, and when Sewell seventh grader Maria Iannone heard back in April that her artwork had been selected as her state's winner, that was a very good day indeed. This week was even better. On Tuesday, at a fete for the state finalists at Google's Manhattan offices, Maria learned she was one of five national winners. "I was kind of overwhelmed, but I wasn't really freaking out or anything," Maria said Wednesday, remembering her name being called as the winner in the sixth-and-seventh-grade age group.
May 14, 2013 |
Raise Labs Inc. , of San Francisco, last week climbed to the top of the 2013 Milken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition - one of several recent competitive business events. Raise, which wants to change how college scholarships are distributed, won three $25,000 prizes: the Milken Family Foundation First Prize, the Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources, and the K12 Prize for Online Learning in Grades K-12. It's the latest win for Raise, which landed $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-based College Knowledge Challenge in January.
May 2, 2013 |
A raffle to raise money for the Chester County sheriff's K-9 unit ordinarily would qualify as the working definition of a low-profile event, but not this time. That's because one of the prizes this year, an AR-15 rifle, has been at the center of a national controversy. Law-enforcement officials identified an AR-15 as the primary weapon used in the shootings in Newtown, Conn., that killed 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. Sheriff Carolyn Bunny Welsh said the rifle was one of several weapons donated last year to the charity raffle by "a private individual" at a dinner for hunters and law enforcement personnel.
April 24, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Eight years after winning Europe's top human-rights prize, members of a Cuban opposition group on Tuesday finally picked it up after securing permission to travel abroad. Cuba's Ladies in White won the European Union's Sakharov Prize in 2005 for their fight for democracy and human rights, but they weren't granted permission to leave the country at that time. "No dictatorship in the world will be able to stop democracy in the long run," European Parliament President Martin Schulz said at the award ceremony in Brussels.
April 20, 2013
Garret FitzGerald, chair of the pharmacology department at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 2013 Grand Prix Scientifique, considered the world's most prestigious honor for cardiovascular research. FitzGerald shares the prize with Carlo Patrono, chair of pharmacology at Catholic University in Rome, for their work showing that low-dose aspirin can help prevent cardiovascular disease. The prize, valued at 500,000 euros ($650,000), will be awarded under the presidency of the chancellor of the Institut de France and the president of the French Academy of Sciences on June 5. In a statement, FitzGerald said he was delighted to receive the prize and to share it with Patrono, "a special friend for more than 30 years.