The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes, which recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience.
"For discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt and its largest members, work that led to a major advance in the understanding of the history of our planetary system."
David C. Jewitt, University of California, Los Angeles, USA;
Jane X. Luu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; and
Michael E. Brown, California Institute of Technology, USA.
"For her pioneering contributions to the study of phonons, electron-phonon interactions, and thermal transport in nanostructures."
Mildred S. Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
"For elucidating basic neuronal mechanisms underlying perception and decision."
Cornelia Isabella Bargmann, Rockefeller University, USA;
Winfried Denk, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Germany; and
Ann M. Graybiel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Kavli Prize Ceremony Sept. 4, 23012
Norway's King Harald will present the Kavli Prize medals to this year's laureates during a ceremony at the Oslo Concert Hall, Norway. Hosted by Norway's former Minister of Culture Åse Kleveland and actor/writer/director Alan Alda, this event will be webcast live. The ceremony is part of Kavli Prize Week, which features lectures, the Kavli Prize Science Forum (webcast live) and other special events celebrating and advancing science.
David Spichier, SCS