Breakfast at UCSD features talks on Kyoto Prize Laureates

Image from San Diego's Kyoto Symposium Organization website shows the laureates after the prize ceremony in Japan. Courtesy
Image from San Diego's Kyoto Symposium Organization website shows the laureates after the prize ceremony in Japan. Courtesy

Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs led a discussion about the 2010 Kyoto Prize Laureates during a breakfast on Tuesday hosted by the Kyoto Symposium Organization.

Attendees at the gathering at the UCSD faculty club heard first-hand reports prizes that will be presented during the April 4-7 Symposium. This year’s honorees are Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, chosen from the field of medical research and technology; Dr. Laszlo Lovasz, from the field of mathematics, and William Kentridge, from the field of visual arts.

The Kyoto Prize is a preeminent international award created by Japan’s non-profit Inamori Foundation to honor those who have contributed significantly to humankind’s scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment.

Dr. Tom Scott, SDSU vice president, described Yamanaka stem cell work; Dr. Jeff Remmel, UCSD associate dean, discussed Lovasz’s work, and Dick Davis, executive director of the Kyoto Prize Symposium, presented an overview of Kentridge’s work.

The Kyoto Prize Symposium is a three-day North American celebration of the lives and works of those receiving the prestigious prize. Held annually in San Diego, it will open April 4 with a dinner event at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, followed by individual presentations by the laureates at San Diego State University and UCSD April 5, 2011 and at the University of San Diego April 6.

For further information on the symposium see

www.kyotoprize.org

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