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Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards Million-Dollar Grant to Teach For America Funds to increase number of STEM teachers for low-income schools January 30, 2012

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FORT WAYNE, Ind., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Today Lincoln Financial Foundation announced a $1 million grant over three years to Teach For America that will expand efforts to recruit new teachers with math and science expertise, and fund preparation and support to enhance these teachers’ effectiveness. The grant will benefit Teach For America’s national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher-recruitment initiative, and includes grants for Teach For America’s sites in Connecticut and Philadelphia, where Lincoln Financial has major offices. Additionally, the two organizations will partner to maximize the leadership and impact of Teach For America alumni in STEM education and to expand educational opportunities for students in underserved schools.

Teach For America recruits, trains and supports top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in low-income urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity. Nearly one-third of the organization’s 9,000 corps members teach STEM subjects. This school year nearly 1,800 STEM teachers are impacting more than 130,000 students nationwide.

Lincoln Financial Foundation has sustained a strategic philanthropic program to improve the quality of life in the communities where the company maintains a significant business presence. By making education a priority, and specifically investing in initiatives that improve math and science skills, Lincoln Financial aims to increase high school graduation rates and college attendance.

Lincoln Financial Group President and CEO Dennis Glass commented, “There is substantial evidence that education is one of the most pressing issues in our country today. Too many Americans face significant hurdles when it comes to job readiness and economic self-sufficiency because they did not have access to quality schools, programs, teachers and mentors during their formative years. Teach For America helps to focus resources where they are most needed, creating a more solid foundation for future generations. At Lincoln, we have been committed for many years to expanding access to educational opportunities in our communities, and we are proud to join with Teach For America in this mission.”

According to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, even though math achievement scores are improving across the board, the gap between low-poverty and high-poverty students has remained about the same over the past decade.

“We’re grateful to Lincoln Financial for their support of Teach For America corps members and alumni who are working alongside so many others to end the disparities that exist in math and science education,” said Wendy Kopp, founder and chief executive officer of Teach For America. “We are seeing an incredible moment of opportunity to enlist more top graduates with STEM degrees to bring their passion and commitment to our nation’s urban and rural classrooms. Lincoln’s partnership will help Teach For America seize this moment and inspire the next generation of leaders in math and science.”

About Lincoln Financial Foundation

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation /quotes/zigman/232274/quotes/nls/lnc LNC +0.58% and its affiliates. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of education, human services, workforce/economic development and the arts. The Lincoln Foundation awards approximately $10 million annually to nonprofits in the communities where Lincoln Financial Group maintains a significant business presence. For more information visit http://www.LincolnFinancial.com/Foundation .

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, 9,000 corps members are teaching in 43 regions across the country, while nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit http://www.teachforamerica.org .


A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute Establishes $100,000 Translational Science Prize December 21, 2011

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 20, 2011 —

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Physician-scientists worldwide will vie for the newly established $100,000 annual Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science starting in 2012, the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute has announced.

The Taubman Prize will recognize work in the crucial field of translational research – research, like that supported by the Taubman Institute at the University of Michigan, which seeks to transform laboratory discoveries into clinical applications for patients suffering from disease.

The $100,000 award will be presented at the institute’s annual symposium, held each fall, to the clinician-scientist making the most significant contribution to translating basic research findings into medical practice. The winner will be asked to serve as keynote speaker for the event.

“This awards program is the next logical step for the Taubman Institute,” said Taubman Institute Director Eva Feldman, M.D., Ph.D.

“It complements our mission of supporting clinician-researchers as they strive to find cures and treatments that can move swiftly from the lab to patients, and it will bring even more eminent scientists to Ann Arbor to exchange knowledge and ideas with our Taubman Scholars and the U-M community,” says Feldman, who also is the Russell N. DeJong Professor of Neurology at U-M.

Nominations will be judged on their contribution to translating basic research findings into clinical applications and by the manner in which their clinical practice connects to their research. All clinician-scientists, regardless of country, are eligible, excluding U-M researchers.

The winner will be chosen each year by a national panel of distinguished scientists.

Self-nomination is permitted. Application guidelines and forms are online at http://www.taubmaninstitute.org; the deadline for all nominations is April 1, 2012.

About the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute: In 2007 Michigan businessman and philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman provided the initial funds to establish the institute bearing his name at the University of Michigan Medical School. Its mission is to provide the university’s finest medical scientists the freedom, resources and collaborative environment they need to push the boundaries of medical discovery, to produce breakthroughs in cures to speed the development of effective treatment for some of the most devastating illnesses. Currently, 16 Taubman Scholars are advancing their research with the assistance of grants from the institute, which also established the Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the first embryonic stem cell facility in the state.

SOURCE University of Michigan Health System

Featured Award – John Dawson Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research December 13, 2011

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in Plasma Physics Research is awarded to recognize a particular recent outstanding achievement in plasma physics research. The award consists of $5,000 to be divided equally in the case of multiple recipients, and includes a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient or recipients, to be presented at an award ceremony at the Division of Plasma Physics Annual Meeting Banquet. It will be awarded annually.

Rules & Eligibility

Nominations are open to scientists of all nationalities regardless of the geographical site at which the work was done. It may be a given to a set of individuals as well as to individual scientists, as appropriate, to honor those who make essential contributions to the cited research achievement. Nominations are active for three years.

Nomination & Selection Process

The deadline for submission of nominations for the 2012 prize is April 2, 2012. The nomination package must include:

  • A letter of not more than 5,000 characters evaluating the qualifications of the nominee(s)

In addition, the nomination should include:

  • A biographical sketch.
  • A list of the most important publications.
  • At least two, but not more than four, seconding letters.
  • Up to five reprints or preprints.

There may be additional requirements for particular prizes and awards. Please read the rules carefully.

To complete a nomination click here for the electronic submission form. All files should be uploaded in PDF format. Letters can be signed electronically (for example, using an embedded facsimile) or physically. In the latter case, they should be digitally scanned. Filenames should include the name of the nominee.

Albany Medical Center Prize October 4, 2011

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Frequency:  Annual

Amount:  $500,000

Description:  Albany Medical College Prize in Med and Biomed Research. This prestigious prize will be awarded each spring to a physician or scientist, or group, whose work has lead to significant advances in the fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care. Purpose: To encourage and recognize extraordinary and sustained contributions to improving healthcare and promoting innovative biomedical research. Eligibility: Any physician or scientist or group whose work has led to significant advances in the fields of health care and scientific research with demonstrated translational benefits applied to improved patient care.

Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases July 13, 2011

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This award recognizes major contributions to the understanding of the causes, prevention, treatment, and cure for Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and related diseases.


Recipient is expected to present a 20-minute lecture during a scientific session at the 64th AAN Annual Meeting.

Recipient will receive:

  • Medallion and $100,000 prize
  • Complimentary registration for 64th Annual Meeting
  • Recognition at 2012 Awards Luncheon at 64th Annual Meeting


Must be in any of the following biological disciplines: neurology, neuropathology, biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular genetics, chemistry, pharmacology, immunology, physiology, or cell biology

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit one complete set of the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Current curriculum vitae
  3. Letter citing scientific accomplishments in detail
  4. Two recommendation letters
  5. Up to six selected reprints


The 2012 scientific award deadline is November 1, 2011. Applications will be available online in late August.

For more information, please contact Erin Jackson at ejackson@aan.com or (651) 695-2704

New Award: Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize Society for Developmental Biology April 25, 2011

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Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize

Society for Developmental Biology

Established in 2002 by the SDB Board of Directors in honor of Dr. Viktor Hamburger and sponsored by the Professional Development and Education Committee, this award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to developmental biology education. These contributions will be construed in the broadest context and may include teaching at any level; training of professionals; organizing and administrating programs; integrating developmental biology into our educational system; or disseminating reliable information to professional members, to prospective developmental biologists, to students in other fields, or to the general public. The recipient will deliver a lecture at the Education Symposium of the SDB Annual Meetings.