Yo-Yo Ma, Richard A. Flavell and Ruslan Medzhitov receive
April 2, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Representatives of the musical and scientific communities came together for the presentation of the 2013 Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science and the Arts last night at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Awarded annually by the Vilcek Foundation, the prizes recognize immigrants who have made lasting contributions to the arts and sciences.
The Vilcek Prizes in the Arts focused, this year, on the genre of contemporary music; cellist
was the recipient of the
prize. "One of the things I've been thinking about this evening, on the issue of immigration, is a term in ecology called the edge effect, where two eco systems meet," Mr. Ma said while accepting his prize. "At the edge, you actually have the most diversity of new life forms. If this were true in nature, this might also be true in society. I suspect a lot of the extraordinary creativity of the people in this room, and of the recipients of the prizes, come from this kind of meeting."
Three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music, with cash awards of
each, were awarded to musicians aged 30 and under. The recipients were British-born songwriter James "JHart" Abrahart; Ghanaian-born hip-hop artist Samuel Bazawule (AKA Blitz the Ambassador); and Armenian-born pianist Tigran.
The Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science was this year split between two winners:
Richard A. Flavell
, both professors and researchers at
School of Medicine. The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, bestowed upon foreign-born biomedical scientists aged 38 or under, were awarded to
, the J. Oncley Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics at the
University of Michigan
, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at the
University of California, Berkeley
, Associate Professor at
The program ended with a performance by
, accompanied by pianist and bagpiper
. More photographs of the evening are available on Patrickmcmullan.com.
The Vilcek Foundation was established in 2000 by
Jan and Marica Vilcek
, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia, and is dedicated to honoring the contributions of foreign-born scholars and artists living in
the United States
. The Foundation hosts events to promote the work of immigrants, awards annual prizes to prominent immigrant biomedical scientists, and sponsors cultural programs such as the Hawaii International Film Festival. To learn more about The Vilcek Foundation, please visit Vilcek.org.
SOURCE The Vilcek Foundation