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Kyoto Prize Fall 2014 Journalism Fellowship Call for Entries, Sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University
|By Business Wire
|July 23, 2014 11:05 AM EDT
Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is now accepting applications for
the 2014 Kyoto Prize Fall Journalism Fellowship, a program that provides
an exceptional learning opportunity for journalists seeking to further
their knowledge and depth of reporting in technology, science and the
arts. The selected journalist will travel to Kyoto, Japan to attend the
30th Annual Kyoto Prize Award Ceremony, lectures and workshops November
During the program, the journalist will have opportunities to meet and
interview the 2014 laureates of the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private
award for global achievement. The fellowship experience is intended to
enhance the journalist’s ability to report on fields influenced by the
latest laureates, to gain an historical context of the laureates’
contributions and to better understand the global impact of continued
innovation in each field. The application deadline is Friday,
September 5, 2014.
The fellowship, open to North American journalists, covers
transportation, accommodations, and per-diem expenses. A selection
committee comprised of journalistic and academic professionals will
announce the 2014 Fall Journalism Fellow on September 19, 2014.
Applications with complete details are available online.
“This is the 30th year of the Kyoto Prize, which awards
individuals at the top of their fields in science, technology and the
arts, recognizing many who have made unrivaled contributions to mankind,
as is the case with this year’s impressive laureates,” said Dr. Bob
Brower, president, PLNU. “The fellowship gives journalists unique access
to these laureates when they receive their recognition at the November
ceremony in Kyoto, Japan.”
The Kyoto Prize is given to individuals and groups worldwide who have
made outstanding contributions to humankind’s scientific, cultural and
spiritual development. Each laureate receives a diploma, a 20-karat-gold
Kyoto Prize medal, and prize money of 50 million yen (approximately
US$500,000) per category.
The 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureates are:
Biomedical engineer Dr. Robert Langer, 65, an MIT Institute
Professor, is a founder of the field of tissue engineering and creator
of revolutionary drug delivery system (DDS) technologies. Tissue
engineering is indispensable to regenerative medicine. Dr. Langer’s
technique applies biodegradable polymer technologies to construct
“scaffolds” for cell growth, contributing to the regeneration of tissues
and organs. He has also developed DDS technologies for the controlled
release of proteins, nucleic acids, and other macromolecular drugs.
Theoretical physicist Dr. Edward Witten, 62, is a Charles Simonyi
Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study who has served as a leader
in the dramatic evolution of superstring theory for more than 30 years.
Superstring theory seeks to unify scientific understanding of the
various physical forces that exist within the universe, offering promise
to create what physicists have termed a “theory of everything” — one
all-encompassing theoretical framework that provides an integrative
perspective of how our universe is constructed. Dr. Witten’s work has
advanced not only the study of physics, but also mathematics, inspiring
new and cutting-edge research by mathematicians worldwide.
Artist Ms. Fukumi Shimura, 89, has demonstrated artistic
creativity for over half a century in her work with tsumugi kimonos. One
characteristic of her work is her insistence on using very particular
colors and plant dyes to unleash her imagination, improvising an
infinite resonance of colors over canvases of tsumugi kimonos. To create
a wide variety of natural hues, she has constantly communicated with
nature, deeply meditating “to weave human existence into nature.” She
remains actively engaged in all aspects of her art, dedicating great
effort to educating the younger generation.
About Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene University is a selective Christian liberal arts
institution located in San Diego, California. Founded in 1902, PLNU is
known not only for its 90-acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean but
also for its well-rounded, forward-thinking graduates. In addition to
more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate program
regional centers throughout Southern California. PLNU serves more than
3,500 students. The Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship is an
equal-opportunity program awarded exclusively on the basis of merit
without regard to personal or religious affiliations or attributes.
About the Inamori Foundation and the Kyoto Prize
Prize is an international award bestowed by the non-profit Inamori
Foundation to honor those who have contributed significantly to the
scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind. With the
2014 laureates, the prize has honored 96 individuals and one foundation
— collectively representing 16 nations. Individual laureates range from
scientists, engineers and researchers to philosophers, painters,
architects, sculptors, musicians and film directors.
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