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Scientists are the real 'rock stars'

Original post made on Dec 13, 2013

We may idolize professional athletes and movie stars, but according to Kevin Spacey, who hosted last night's Breakthrough Awards inside the skeletal behemoth of Hangar One, scientists are "the true rock stars of our times."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, December 13, 2013, 11:32 AM


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Posted by JammyPants
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Dec 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

Man, all this glamour and glitz going on right here in Mountain View, and where was I? On my couch in pjs sipping tea. I guess I am on the XYZ list.

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Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Dec 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Sigh. I just found out the hard way that if I go to another web page (in this case to check out the 45! photos), my unfinished comment gets wiped out.

Your article is better than the Mercury News article, which deliberately discussed only the event and celebrities, ignoring the honorees. You at least mentioned two by name but only one, "Richard Lifton of Yale, ... for discovering the molecular cause of hypertension", got his prize this year. The other, "Cornelia Bargmann, a neurobiologist from Rockefeller University [for?]", got her prize last year.

At the end, the pictures included several of the winner(s) of the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, but without names or what their breakthrough was. $21 million worth of $3 million prizes were awarded--that says 7 prizes to me--not 1.

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Posted by Dude
a resident of Bailey Park
on Dec 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

You do good work, Veronin.

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Posted by Cathy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

So sad that this article centered on the Hollywood celebrities rather than the prize recipients. You say the scientists are the rock stars, but fail to give those stars their moments of fame. I located the recipients in another article and here they areā€¦ Congratulations to these scientists who have changed our lives!!!

For physics
Michael B. Green, University of Cambridge, and John H. Schwarz, California Institute of Technology, for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces.
For life sciences
James Allison, MD Anderson Cancer Center, for the discovery of T cell checkpoint blockade as effective cancer therapy.
Mahlon DeLong, Emory University, for defining the interlocking circuits in the brain that malfunction in Parkinson's disease. This scientific foundation underlies the circuit-based treatment of Parkinson's disease by deep brain stimulation.
Michael Hall, University of Basel, for the discovery of Target of Rapamycin (TOR) and its role in cell growth control.
Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for discoveries leading to the development of controlled drug-release systems and new biomaterials.
Richard Lifton, Yale University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, for the discovery of genes and biochemical mechanisms that cause hypertension.
Alexander Varshavsky, California Institute of Technology, for discovering critical molecular determinants and biological functions of intracellular protein degradation.

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Posted by Nick V
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Dec 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

Nick V is a registered user.

Thanks for bringing that up, Cathy. We included all the winners and an extended explanation of their winning work in the print edition, out now. We have also updated the article on our website.