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Alessio Figalli awarded with the Fields Medal

The International Mathematical Union (IMU) awarded with the Fields Medal the Italian mathematics professor Alessio Figalli. The Fields Medal is considered the “Nobel Prize of Maths”, the most pres [ ... ]


La diaspora dei ricercatori. «Più qualità, meno clientele. Noi all’estero per passione»

A seguito di un ampio sondaggio (condiviso anche da ISSNAF sui propri canali) che ha coinvolto piu' di 750 partecipanti in diversi paesi del mondo, Federico Fubini ha raccolto la voce dei ricercatori  [ ... ]


PhD scholarships at IMT Lucca

2018/19 PhD programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca Deadline for applications – August 3rd 2018, 12 pm CEST Applications are now being accepted for the 2018/19 PhD Programs at the IM [ ... ]


ISSNAF Awards for Young Investigators - Call for Applications 2018

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 to compete for one  [ ... ]


LAVORO L’Italia si svuota: raddoppiano i laureati in fuga all’estero di Enrico Marro

LAVORO L’Italia si svuota: raddoppiano i laureati in fuga all’estero di Enrico Marro
Clicca qui per leggere il post originale Il nostro Paese spende circa il 4% del Pil (stime Ocse) per l’int [ ... ]


IN ITALIA IL PRIMO EXPO MEETING DEDICATO ALLE INNOVAZIONI PER LA LONGEVITÁ

Dal 21 al 23 Giugno i protagonisti della Silver Economyriuniti nel nostro Paese per l’Expo-Meeting Innov-Aging Per tre giorni le Marche saranno la capitale della Silver Age ospitando Istituzi [ ... ]


Programma reclutamento giovani ricercatori "Rita Levi Montalcini"

Selezione dei beneficiari. Una commissione ministeriale procede poi a valutare le candidature. In base ai risultati della valutazione, i vincitori vengono chiamati e l’Università indicata dal vinci [ ... ]


Call for Applications 2018- Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza

RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION The aim of this Call for Applications is to promote innovation in biomedical research by attracting talented researchers to join the Pisa scientific community. http://canad [ ... ]


Medico pratese vince borsa in USA per la ricerca contro il cancro

Luca Pasquini, giovane medico pratese, e' stato premiato dall' ISSNAF con una borsa che gli permetterà di proseguire i suoi studi sulla plasticità neuronale nel cancro cerebrale al Memorial Sloan Ke [ ... ]


Ricercatori: troppi cervelli in fuga, Italia tredicesima nella classifica dei più citati al mondo

La nostra nazione paga il solito prezzo: molti studiosi sono assoldati da atenei stranieri. L'Università di Bologna in testa con cinque citazioni. La rete scientifica di Milano a quota dieci di CORR [ ... ]


Interview with Prof. Rita Rossi Colwell - An Interview by Alberto Di Mauro
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Prof. Colwell, you are one of the founders of ISSNAF . What kind of results do you think ISSNAF has achieved in these nine years of its existence and what are your feelings today in receiving the ISSNAF Lifetime Achievement Award?

ISSNAF was a brilliant concept and is now a very important organization for Italian Americans and Italians studying and working in America.

I am a second generation American since my parents both were born in Italy, near Rome (Arce and Ceprano). I served on the scientific advisory board of the Naples Zoological Station and several former students from Italy have done their postdoctoral training in my laboratory. I have collaborated for many years with many Italian scientists, including Carla Pruzzo, who was Professor at the University in Ancona and now is on the faculty of the University of Genoa. We have published several important papers together.

ISSNAF is an excellent opportunity for Italian Americans and for those Italians studying and working in the US to meet, discuss science, and share achievements.

It is important to emphasize that growing up as an Italian American has not always been easy, so it is wonderful to receive this award as a recognition of the contributions of Italians to science globally, especially in the US. I believe ISSNAF has a special place in the scientific world. I am very glad it was organized and I am especially pleased that it is continuing to expand its membership and activities.

Nowadays we are living a kind of technological revolution. In your opinion what kind of impact can it have in improving the condition of life, especially in poor countries, particularly with respect to public health?

I have the very good fortune to be working right now in genomics, an area that is exploding in discovery and application to medicine, especially for personalized medicine. The potential is huge. I served as Director of the US National Science Foundation and during the time the terrorism of 11/9 occurred in NYC, there was also an anthrax bioterrorist event.

As Director of NSF, I chaired an interagency advisory committee to the FBI and intelligence agencies of the Federal Government. The committee assisted in tracking the source of the anthrax, using molecular genetics. That inspired me, when I completed my turn as Director of the NSF, to form a bioinformatics company, CosmosID, because it was important to utilize genomics of microorganisms, especially those microorganisms that cause disease, to be identified accurately, rapidly, and actionably. The company I founded utilizes next generation sequencing. The sequencing machine output (DNA sequences) is used to identify very quickly, within minutes, once we have the sequence, all of the microorganisms in a given sample, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protists.. This work has led to many discoveries, but my next step is to make this capability usable in many fields, especially in the developing world. I have worked in many countries of the developing world, including Bangladesh, India, South America and Africa. It is now possible to use the CosmosID bioinformatics product to identify all microorganisms on the skin, in the oral cavity, and in the gut. This information provides tremendous insight for medicine and agriculture, with applications to food and water safety. For example, the company is working with the Orange County Water District, California, to ensure water purification when water re-use is employed to deal with drought conditions. We have been able to show by extracting DNA and RNA from water samples, that pathogenic bacteria , viruses, fungi, and parasites are removed during the water treatment.

Can you tell us what you think about the phenomenon of “brain drain”. Does it have only negative connotations? How should we cope with this problem?

I am enthusiastically supportive of the laboratory to laboratory concept. That is, linking a laboratory in one country with another in a different country. This concept is powerful and, for example, I have graduated 61 Ph.D. students and at least half are students who arrived in my laboratory from another country, including Europe, Africa, Asia, India, and all the continents. I believe bright students who come to the US from Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Singapore, Latin America, and every other country of the world can and have contributed to science in the United States but also to the world. Because of reduced financial assistance, this kind of student exchange may be significantly reduced in the future and that would be a tragedy. When students study abroad, they make new friends and those connections remain strong when they return home. This is the kind of opportunity that students from all countries should seize.

In any case, my personal view is that interaction among scientists from all countries is important for science because it brings important new ideas and is culturally enriching in exchange of views concerning the environment, global health, and technological discovery. Finally, it is important for all countries globally, because this kind of exchange leads to improvement of the standard of living in all countries. I have observed over the 40 years I have worked in Bangladesh that the standard of living of that country has improved, mainly from increased opportunities for women to be educated and to work in their field of specialty. Income has also improved with education, an important lesson for all of us.

The entry of women into the many fields of scientific research has without any doubt risen in the past several years. Which are the benefits and do you think that we can be satisfied with the level that has been reached?

It is critical to ensure that the somewhat more than fifty per cent of human intelligence represented by women is employed for the benefit of all countries. I do a lot of research and service in Japan, perhaps a useful example to cite. Japan has an ageing problem, and the fertility rate has been dropping, which is also happening in Italy, as I am told. So the choice is fairly obvious, either to employ workers from other countries or make opportunities for women of the country to reach their full intellectual contribution. I know from my personal experience working in other countries that there are so many highly intelligent women who want to pursue a career in science, engineering, mathematics, or medicine. It would be a tragedy not to utilize their talents and, in that way, help each country improve its economy, its security, and its social stability.

 
ISSNAF Annual Event 2018
ISSNAF Annual Event

"Longevity: the Impact of Research, Economics, AI and Robotics to Live longer, better Lives" was the theme of the 2018 ISSNAF Annual Event, held in the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 22nd and 23rd, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella. In 2025, it is predicted that 1.2 billion people will be at least 60 years of age. This change has been tackled in two ways: the first panel focused on the impact of longevity on the economy and society, while the second looked at how technology (robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality) will contribute to providing us with healthier, longer and better lives.


ISSNAF Presentations
Claudio Pellegrini gave his presentation during the event "Fermi's Legacy: from La Sapienza to the Bay Area", organized by the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter on May 5th, 2018. The event, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, was organized for the first Italian Research in the World Day, a new initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to recognize the important work of Italian scientists and researchers in the world.
Pellegrini is a Distinguished Professor of Physics Emeritus at UCLA – University of California, Los Angeles. In 2015, President Barack Obama presented Pellegrini the Enrico Fermi Award, a one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement.
In his presentation he shared his experience spanning over six decades of scientific accomplishments from the Physics department at La Sapienza in Rome to the national laboratories of the Bay Area, as well as his views on the impact his field has had on society at large.


 
Lina Gualtieri gave her presentation during the event "Fermi's Legacy: from La Sapienza to the Bay Area", organized by the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the ISSNAF Bay Area Chapter on May 5th, 2018. The meeting, hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, was organized for the first Italian Research In the World Day, a new initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to recognize the important work of Italian scientists and researchers in the world.
Galtieri headed a number of important projects at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the University of California, and contributed to important experiments at CERN, SLAC and Fermilab.
In her presentation she shared her experience spanning over six decades of scientific accomplishments from the Physics department at La Sapienza in Rome to the national laboratories of the Bay Area, as well as her views on the impact her field has had on society at large.

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Samanta Cristoforetti in conversation Samanta Cristoforetti in conversation

  The Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, University of Toronto proudly present Samanta Cristoforetti, Italian astronaut, European Space Agency in conversation with Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar FUTURA Mission - 200 ...

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La Console Natalia Quintavalle consegna l'onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale alla Dott.ssa Silvia Formenti, una luminare nel campo della radioterapia La Console Natalia Quintavalle consegna l'onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale alla Dott.ssa Silvia Formenti, una luminare nel campo della radioterapia

      La Dott.ssa Silvia Formenti, membro del Board of Trustees di ISSNAF e presidente dell'Advisory Board di Medicina e Biologia, ha ricevuto il 2 giugno 2015, durante le celebrazioni delle Festa della Repubblica, l'onorificenza di Grande Ufficiale dalla Console Generale d'Italia ...

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ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter 2015 Meeting ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter 2015 Meeting

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 from 12:00 to 14:00pm Meeting Room: 2.95 The meeting, held in English, is open to Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian sympathizers For more information email imaging@issnaf.org or call Lorenzo Mannelli at +1 (646) 226 5924

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ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter Winter 2015 Meeting ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter Winter 2015 Meeting

Thursday , January 29th, 2015 early afternoonat the laboratories of Global Good-Intellectual Ventures the ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter Winter 2015 Meeting will take place. The meeting, held in English, is open to Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian sympathizers For more information email seattle@iss...

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ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter Meeting ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter Meeting

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 from 12pm to 1:30pm Meeting Room: E271B The meeting, held in English, is open to Italians, Italian-Americans, and Italian sympathizers For more information email imaging@issnaf.org or call Lorenzo Mannelli at +1 (646) 226 5924

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ISSNAF - Fondazione Marche Internships 2014 ISSNAF - Fondazione Marche Internships 2014

 ISSNAF and Fondazione Marche are honored to announce the winners of the ECapital contest. The competition, aimed to encourage the creation of innovative business ideas, is a unique opportunity to transform creativity into business and is giving away for the winners 5 internship at "Mind the B...

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Meeting with Italy's Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin Meeting with Italy's Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin

  On Saturday, May 31th, 2014, a delegation of Italian researchers participated in a meeting with Italy's Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin, and Sergio Pecorelli, Chancellor at the University of Brescia and President of the Italian Medicines Agency.

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Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM 2014 Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM 2014

On Saturday May the 25th, during the biannual meeting of the Societa' Italiana di Radiologia Medica (SIRM), the Medical Imaging Science Chapter of ISSNAF organized a round table to discuss the experiences of Italian radiologists abroad.

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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti meets ISSNAF Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti meets ISSNAF

  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with ISSNAF President Vito Campese during a meeting with the Italian community hosted by Consul General Giuseppe Perrone on May 20, 2014. Mayor Garcetti was very supportive and showed interested in ISSNAF activities. 

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ITALIAN BEAUTIFUL MINDS an Italian contribution ITALIAN BEAUTIFUL MINDS an Italian contribution

Meeting organized by the Consulate General of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, and ISSNAF on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:30pm at the IIC, 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90024. RSVP to rsvp.iicla@esteri.it  

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Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM Medical Imaging Science Chapter @ SIRM

  The ISSNAF Medical Imaging Science Chapter will hold a roundtable during the 2014 Meeting of the Societa’ Italiana di Radiologia Medica (SIRM). The discussion will highlight different research experiences of Italian scientists in North America and promote future collaborations between medic...

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ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting ISSNAF Seattle Chapter Summer Meeting

The 2014 ISSNAF-Seattle Chapter (near) Summer meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 4th in the Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004) from 5.30pm to 8.00 pm. Guest speakers: Mark Nassutti, novelist, will talk about how his Italian roots made possible to write a no...

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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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 25, 2014.

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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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED APRIL 10, 2014.


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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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