Cancer geneticist Pier Paolo Pandolfi at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is the recipient of the 2011 Pezcoller Foundation-AACR (American Association of Cancer Research) International Award for Cancer Research. This is the second time in the award’s 14-year history that a BIDMC investigator has received this prestigious honor, which was established in 1997 to recognize a scientist of international renown who has made a major scientific discovery in either basic or translational cancer research and whose ongoing work holds promise for progress in the field of cancer.Pandolfi joined the BIDMC faculty in 2007, and he serves as chief of the division of genetics in the department of medicine, director of research in the BIDMC Cancer Center, and director of the cancer genetics program. The George C. Reisman Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Pandolfi was recognized by the foundation and the AACR both for his outstanding work in the field of cancer genetics and for his groundbreaking development of cancer mouse models.“Dr. Pandolfi’s research has led to major breakthroughs in our essential understanding of how mutations in oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes result in leukemias, lymphomas, and solid tumors,” said BIDMC Cancer Center Director Lewis Cantley, who received the Pezcoller award in 2005. “His pioneering work in developing transgenic mouse models of cancer helped lead to novel therapeutic strategies for acute promyelocytic leukemia [APL], and, today, this unique expertise in mouse-model engineering is helping to speed the clinical testing of new personalized cancer therapies.”Pandolfi will deliver an award lecture titled “The Non-Coding Revolution: A Coding-Independent Function of Gene and Pseudogene mRNAs Regulates Tumor Biology” during the 102nd Annual Meeting of the AACR in Orlando, Fla., this spring.
Recording artist, concert performer, and philanthropist John Legend has been named Harvard University’s 2012 Artist of the Year. A nine-time Grammy award winner, Legend was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. He will be awarded the Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious medal, which bears the signature of the University president, at the annual Harvard Foundation Award ceremony on Feb. 25 during the Cultural Rhythms Festival. More than 1,200 students are expected to attend.“The students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation are honored to present multi-platinum artist John Legend with the 2012 Artist of the Year award,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation. “His contributions to music and distinguished history of creativity have been appreciated by people throughout the world, and he is greatly admired for his excellent humanitarian efforts through his Show Me Campaign, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty.”Legend launched his career as a session player and vocalist, contributing to best-selling recordings by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Kanye West before recording his own unbroken chain of top 10 albums — “Get Lifted” (2004), “Once Again” (2006), and “Evolver” (2008) — each of them reaching No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.Most recently, Legend and the band The Roots released “Wake Up!” (2010), a compilation of music from the ’60s and ’70s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement, and social consciousness, which won two Grammy Awards for best R&B album and best traditional R&B vocal performance.Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. He was awarded the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year Award, the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change in June 2009, and the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare.“A champion for both social justice and quality education for all, Legend remains a true inspiration through his philanthropy work, and Harvard University is proud to honor his humanitarian efforts both domestically and internationally by awarding him with the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year award,” Counter said.The Harvard Foundation, Harvard’s center for intercultural arts and sciences initiatives, honors the nation’s most acclaimed artists and scientists each year. Previous Harvard Foundation awards have been presented to several distinguished artists including Shakira, Quincy Jones, Sharon Stone, Andy Garcia, Will Smith, Matt Damon, Halle Berry, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, Salma Hayek, Wyclef Jean, and Herbie Hancock.For additional information about the Cultural Rhythms Festival, including ticket information, visit its website.
MORE: How Oregon’s loss shakes up Pac-12, Playoff racesFor now, SN has Oklahoma in the final spot. Utah and Alabama will have a strong case, but the Sooners might get the edge with a Big 12 championship, buoyed by potential quality wins against Oklahoma State and Baylor the next two weeks. All this assumes Georgia loses in the SEC championship game to LSU.That would put LSU and Oklahoma in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and Clemson and Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.MORE: Week 14& Playoff picture Sporting News’ Week 14 bowl projections are here in time for the fourth set of College Football Playoff rankings, which will be unveiled on Tuesday.The Playoff picture saw some major changes after Oregon’s loss to Arizona State. That opens up a wide-open debate for the No. 4 final spot. The 2019 college football postseason schedule features 40 bowl games between FBS teams, with the finale at the national title game on Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year’s semifinal games will be on Dec. 28.Sporting News has projections for all 40 bowl games here, and they will be updated each week during the college football season. Our projections heading into Week 14 of the college football season:Week 14 college football bowl projectionsDateBowlTeamsDec. 20Makers Wanted Bahamas BowlMiami (Ohio) vs. MarshallDec. 20DXL Frisco BowlWestern Michigan vs. TulaneDec. 21New Mexico BowlWestern Kentucky vs. Utah StateDec. 21AutoNation Cure BowlAppalachian State vs. TempleDec. 21Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton BowlFAU vs. CincinnatiDec. 21Raycom Media Camellia BowlToledo vs. LouisianaDec. 21Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas BowlBoise State vs. CalDec. 21R&L Carriers New Orleans BowlUAB vs. Georgia StateDec. 23Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla BowlSouthern Miss vs. SMUDec. 24SoFi Hawai’i BowlBYU vs. HawaiiDec. 26Walk-On’s Independence BowlLouisiana Tech* vs. MiamiDec. 26Quick Lane BowlMichigan State vs. North CarolinaDec. 27Military Bowl Presented by Northrop GrummanArmy* vs. UCFDec. 27New Era Pinstripe BowlIllinois vs. LouisvilleDec. 27Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas BowlTexas vs. Mississippi StateDec. 27SDCU Holiday BowlUSC vs. IowaDec. 27Cheez-It BowlNevada* vs. Oregon StateDec. 28Camping World BowlKansas State vs. Notre DameDec. 30SERVPRO First Responders BowlTCU vs. Wyoming*Dec. 30Franklin American Mortgage Music City BowlFIU* vs. PittDec. 30Redbox BowlWashington vs. IndianaDec. 31Belk BowlKentucky vs. Florida StateDec. 31Hyundai Sun BowlArizona State vs. Wake ForestDec. 31AutoZone Liberty BowlIowa State vs. TennesseeDec. 31Valero Alamo BowlOregon vs. Oklahoma StateDec. 31NOVA Home Loans Arizona BowlArkansas State vs. Air ForceJan. 1Outback BowlTexas A&M vs. Penn StateJan. 1Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus BowlAuburn vs. MichiganJan. 2Birmingham BowlCharlotte* vs. Liberty*Jan. 2TaxSlayer BowlVirginia Tech vs. WisconsinJan. 3Famous Idaho Potato BowlCentral Michigan vs. San Diego StateJan. 4Lockheed Martin Armed Forces BowlBuffalo* vs. NavyJan. 6Mobile Alabama BowlEastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern*No conference tie-in to bowlCollege Football Playoff/New Year’s Day 6 projectionsDec. 28Goodyear Cotton BowlFlorida vs. MemphisDec. 30Capital One Orange BowlVirginia vs. GeorgiaJan. 1Rose BowlMinnesota vs. UtahJan. 1Allstate Sugar BowlAlabama vs. BaylorDec. 28PlayStation Fiesta BowlClemson vs. Ohio StateDec. 28Chick-fil-A Peach BowlLSU vs. OklahomaCollege Football Playoff championship projectionJan. 13College Football Playoff championshipLSU vs. Ohio State