The first Italian to receive the important prize of the Biophysical Society.
The Director of the Department of Nanophysics at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Alberto Diaspro, is the winner of the Emily M. Gray Award 2014, the prestigious international prize with which the Biophysical Society (www.biophysics.org) yearly rewards scientists who particularly stood out for their contributions to education in biophysics.
Established in 1997, the Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant results obtained globally by researchers with regard to education activities in this field, that may include a distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction, in mentoring research scientists at any level, in developing novel educational methods or materials, in promoting scientific outreach efforts to the public or to youth, in generating a track record of attracting new students to the field of biophysics, or in otherwise fostering an environment exceptionally conducive to education in biophysics.
Within this scenario, for the first time this year, an Italian has received this Award. In particular, Alberto Diaspro – who is also Professor of Applied Physics at the Department of Physics of University of Genova – has been honored with the Emily M. Gray Award “for dedicating his career to mentoring students and serving as the major force in organizing international biophysics workshops that showcase the talent of young researchers.”
A recognition that not only gives eminence to the entire Italian scientific community, but also offers further proof of the validity of the IIT model, which is also founded upon the high-level profile of its scientists and the Foundations’ commitment to promote excellence in basic and applied research through initiatives intended to provide trainings as well as to address, disclose and disseminate scientific topics.
For further info about Alberto Diaspro: http://www.iit.it/it/about-naph/alberto-diaspro.html