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2014 ISSNAF Awards for the Humanities 2014 ISSNAF Awards for the Humanities

ISSNAF and LaFondazioneNY encourage all Italian researchers born after March 30, 1974 and currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their full applications.


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Internship Program ISSNAF-ASI 2014 Internship Program ISSNAF-ASI 2014

Thanks to the generous support of Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI) ISSNAF is offering two summer internships in primary North American research facilities.


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ISSNAF Seminar @ NY Chapter ISSNAF Seminar @ NY Chapter

The first ISSNAF Seminar of 2014, "Italy 2020: Challenges and Opportunities of Growth", was organized by the New York Chapter on February 28th at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York. Approximately 130 people gathered to listen to our amazing speakers and the event was truly a success.

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ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Spring Meeting ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Spring Meeting

The 2014 Spring meeting will take place on Thursday, April 10th in the Auditorium of the Research and Training Building (300 9th Ave, 98104, Seattle) at Harborview Medical Center. We are pleased to host four outstanding speakers: Erica Tartaglione, Research Specialist at the VA Puget Sound Hospit...

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ISSNAF Seminars at NY Chapter ISSNAF Seminars at NY Chapter

The Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation cordially invites you toItaly 2020: Challenges and Opportunities of Growth Friday, 28th February 2014 at 6:00 p.m.Italian Cultural Institute in New York, 686 Park Avenue, NY 10065

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Invitation to UNESCO Chair Inauguration Invitation to UNESCO Chair Inauguration

Dr. Federico Rosei invites ISSNAF members to the official inauguration of the UNESCO Chair “Materials and Technologies for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage” (MATECSS), which will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on April 10th 2014 starting at 09:00 am.

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Medical Imaging Science Chapter Launch Event Medical Imaging Science Chapter Launch Event

The inaugural meeting of the Medical Imaging Science Chapter was held at the McCormick Place in Chicago on Sunday, December 1st 2013 during the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Development of collaborative projects between Italian radiologists working abroad and i...

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ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Fall Meeting ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Fall Meeting

The ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter fall meeting was just another great success. Almost 100 people gathered to listen to our four amazing speakers and to visit the BAM. After the visit we enjoyed talks form Claudio Mazzola, PhD and Senior Lecturer at the Department of French and Italian Studies at the Univ...

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Foresight in Medicine Symposium Foresight in Medicine Symposium

The Italian Embassy in Washington, DC will host a debate among experts aimed at identifying forthcoming medical research developments likely to impact on society in the next ten years. ISSNAF contibuted with a network consultation to identify key issues. December 13th, 2013

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The 2014 ISSNAF - LaFondazioneNY Award for the Humanities will acknowledge the best unpublished manuscript of a volume in English dealing with aspects of the relationship between the Arts and Science and/or Technology in the context of Italian culture.

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ISSNAF @ RSNA 2013 in Chicago ISSNAF @ RSNA 2013 in Chicago

The newly founded "ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter" held its first meeting during the Radiology National Society of North America in Chicago on December 1st.

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Antiquity after Modernity: Leopardi in English Antiquity after Modernity: Leopardi in English

The Center for Italian Studies of the University of Pennsylvania presents an international seminar to present the English translation of Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi. The event will be held on Thursday 26 September 2013, at 5.00 pm at the Cherpack Seminar Room, Williams Hall 543 255 S. 36th Street ...

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Month of Science: Meet iCUB Month of Science: Meet iCUB

On the occasion of the Italian Month of Science The Consulate General of Italy of Los Angeles, The Italian Cultural Institute and The Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation cordially invite you to meet iCUB, on September 18th at 6.30 pm. iCUB is a humanoid robot with very advanc...

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ISSNAF Ontario Chapter meets Italian Ambassador on October 9th 2013 ISSNAF Ontario Chapter meets Italian Ambassador on October 9th 2013

The Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto is organizing a meeting between the Italian Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado and the Ontario Scientific Community of Italian origin. The meeting is expected to be held in Toronto on Tuesday October 9th 2013 at the Italian Cultural Institute. We are sure it ...

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ISSNAF Award for the Humanities 2013 announced ISSNAF Award for the Humanities 2013 announced

The 2013 ISSNAF Award for the Humanities has been assigned to Dr. Paola Bonifazio (Assistant Professor of Italian - University of Texas at Austin) for her manuscript, tentatively titled "Sponsored films:Publicizing Modernization in Cold War Italy (1948-1958) which reached, among the other publicatio...

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ISSNAF Awards Finalists Announced ISSNAF Awards Finalists Announced

After a very hard selection process ISSNAF selected the 46 finalists that will present their abstracts at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC on October 29th, 2013. Out of a very competitive pool of over 100 applicants, 28 young Italian investigators working in the United States will illustrate th...

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DOE-INFN Summer Students Exchange Programme - 2014 Edition

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy (INFN) announce the 2014 edition of the Summer Exchange Program dedicated to promote the exchange of students in science between the two countries.

Deadline for application: May 5th, 2014.

INFN is one of the leading organization worldwide promoting basic scientific research and has tight connections with DOE activities in many areas of interest: Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics and Detector Physics. Read More

Montalcini Call

Montalcini CallMIUR published a call for applications for the recruitment of 24 temporary researchers open to scholars of all Nationalities holding a research doctorate for less than 7 years and have been permanently and continuously employed abroad for at least three years of teaching or research activity at reputable university or research institutions.

DEADLINE: April 23rd, 2014

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La rete italica. Idee per un Commonwealth

La rete italica. Idee per un Commonwealth"Nell'era della globalizzazione quale sarà il futuro di quello straordinario, raffinato e davvero unico patrimonio della cultura, dell'arte, dell'ingegno, del gusto, dello stile, dell'eleganza, dell'imprenditoria e, insomma, del complessivo e inimitabile savoir faire italico?" Questo è il quesito che si pone Niccolò d'Aquino, autore dell'interessante libro "La rete italica", appena pubblicato dall’editore digitale Italic Digital Editions.

"La rete Italica" nasce per raccogliere e documentare la nascita e l'evoluzione del concetto di Italicità, partendo dall'intuizione del Presidente Bassetti ma soprattutto seguendo gli sviluppi di questa idea, attraverso le voci di coloro che, negli anni, hanno contribuito - e continuano a farlo - ad alimentare e a far crescere la consapevolezza dell’opportunità esistenziale e storica di riconoscersi come italici.

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2014 ISSNAF Awards

ISSNAF Board of Trustees encourages all Italian early-stage researchers currently primarily working in the United States or Canada to submit their application and research abstract. The five winners are honored with the Medaglia di Rappresentanza del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana and receive a prize of $3,000. All finalists are acknowledged with a Travel Award.

-ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators – Bio-Medicine and Cognitive Sciences
- ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators – Environmental Sciences
- ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators –Physics, Astrophysics, Chemistry, Mathematics
- Paola Campese Award for Research on Leukemias
- Franco Strazzabosco Award for Young Engineers

Deadline: April 6, 2014 (23:59 PST)Read more

Marco Fisichella Interview by Alberto Di Mauro

‘The key for the success of many Italians coming to the States on search of a job is their thirst of learning. They come motivated and thanks to their determination they make it through’

It is a positive message the one launched through the interview with professor Marco Fisichella, associate chief of surgery at Surgery Boston VA, Harvard Medical School.

He underlines the practical approach to the studies in the States compared to the theoretical one in Italian Universities. When an Italian student is able to combine his solid cultural background with the American system based on experience, then he is able to gain big goals.Dr Fisichella's interview and more in our bi-weekly showcase "Italians"

ERA-Can+ invite you to learn about Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is a European funding opportunity that is accessible to Canadians working in science, technology, and innovation.

Horizon 2020 is a multi-year (2014-2020) program for science and technology funded by the European Commission.

With a budget of almost €80 billion (CAD $118 billion) Horizon 2020 forms a central part of the EU's economic policy agenda.

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H.E. Claudio Bisognero and ISSNAF President Vito Campese presented the 2013 ISSNAF Awards at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC on October 29th. Winners received the Medal of Representation of the Italian President of the Republic and a $5,000 monetary prize.

ISSNAF Award for Young Investigators:
Guido Cervone, Pennsylvania State University from January 2014
Special Mentions: Chiara Manzini (GWU)Marco Pravetoni (UMN)Francesco Tombesi (UMD);

Franco Strazzabosco Award:
Andrea Alù, UT Austin
Special Mentions: Elisa Franco (UCR)Giacomo Mariani (UCLA);

Paola Campese Award
Patrizia Porazzi, Children Hospital Philadelphia
Special Mention: Aldo Roccaro (DFCI)Read more


On November 4th during La Fondazione NY Gala in New York, Consul General Natalia Quintavalle and Prof Fabio Finotti presented the 2013 ISSNAF Awards for the Humanities to Paola Bonifazio, UT Austin. Dr Bonifazio received the Medal of Representation of the Italian President of the Republic and a $1,500 monetary prize for her manuscript: “Schooling in Modernity: The Politics of Sponsored Films in Postwar Italy”. The manuscript will be published by Toronto University Press
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Silvia Selleri Interview

Silvia Selleri is a post-doc in the lab of Dr Elie Haddad at the the Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montréal (Canada) where in 2009 she got a scholarship for excellence. She is still working there, supported by a scholarship from the Primary Immunodeficiency Treatment Consortium sponsored by NIH, and recently she was awarded with a scholarship grant of the value of 150.000 dollars to continue and increase her studies.

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Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science ?


According to a recent study of researchers at Yale, physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.

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Mario Strazzabosco Mentorship Lecture in Seattle

Mario Strazzabosco, Professor of Medicine & Gastroenterology at the Yale University School of Medicine and Director Master Program in Transplantation Medicine at University of Milan-Bicocca, will hold two mentorship lectures on May 20th 2013 at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, with two different titles: “Epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in cholangiopathies and biliary cancer” and “From Europe to US and back to US and Italy, while moving between bench to bedside and desks: how to use the compass”.

For the flyer of the two events, click here and here
To know more about Professor Strazzabosco, click here
Franco Berruti Interview

Dr. Franco Berruti has been contributing for many years to the development of predictive hydrodynamic models for gas-solid fast fluidized beds, including Circulating Fluidized Bed risers (upflow) and downers (downflow), turbulent fluidized beds, spouted beds and spout-fluid beds. His research group is involved in significant experimental work dealing with the hydrodynamic features of fast fluidized bed reactors, and has developed and patented a novel reactor configuration, called Internally Circulating Fluidized Bed. Other contributions include the technical development of new solids feeders, capable of accurately adjusting and controlling the feeding rates of small solid particles.

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