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Greek Beautiful Minds

Papadimitriou(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias honoured Dr. Constantinos Daskalakis, a 28-year-old postdoctoral researcher, who was recently awarded the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) for his work “The Complexity of Computing a Nash Equilibrium.”  Daskalakis’s dissertation provides an algorithmic perspective on Game Theory and the concept of the Nash equilibrium. In fact, Daskalakis examines whether rational individuals can arrive at a state where no single one of them would be better off switching strategies unless others did so as well.  Such a state is called ‘Nash equilibrium’, in honour of the brilliant mathematician John Nash, who defined it, and is traditionally used in Game Theory. Daskalakis managed to show that in complex systems the Nash equilibrium is computationally unachievable in some cases, answering an algorithmic question that has been open since John Nash’s definition of the concept in the 1950s.  A graduate of the National Technical University of Athens with a degree in electrical and computer engineering, Daskalakis is an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a member of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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Bakoyannis Awarded by AHEPA

ahepaa3(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis has been awarded the 2009 Pericles Award by the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA) during the latter’s 87th annual congress in San Francisco.  In a written message to the congress, Bakoyannis thanked for the great honour and expressed her profound regret for not attending the ceremony.  “AHEPA represents millions of Greeks from abroad and it has played a wonderful role in cultivating and strengthening bilateral relations between Greece and the United States” stressed Bakoyannis and reassured that Greece is really proud for the achievements of the Greek American Community.  Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Address of FM Bakoyannis at AHEPA’s 87th Annual Supreme Convention – Minister honored with the 2009 Pericles Award (photo from a previous meeting)

Greek the best Environmental Project 2008

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The project GROUNDHIT “Ground Coupled Heat Pumps of High Technology”, coordinated by the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES), received the Energy Globe Award – one of the most prestigious international environmental awards as the best environmental project in Greece in 2008.  The project Groundhit aims at improving the cost-effectiveness, competitiveness, and market penetration of ground coupled heat pumps, which are a reliable and environmentally friendly technology that utilises the soil temperature, and provides buildings with efficient heating, cooling and warm water. National Documentation Centre – “Innovation, Research & Technology” Magazine (Jan-Feb 2009)

Greece: Bodossaki Prize

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The Board of Trustees of the Bodossaki Foundation decided to award the “Bodossaki Aristeio” (Bodossaki Prize) for the year 2009 to John Hopkins University Professor Evangelos Moudrianakis for his pioneering studies in the field of Bio-Medicine.   The award ceremony will be held today (June 17) at the University of Athens in the presence of President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias.  The Aristeio Bodossaki – which is accompanied by the sum of €150,000 and is awarded every two years – was instituted to give recognition to Greeks who have devoted their lives to science and have made a distinctive contribution towards furthering their field of science.

New Onassis Prize: Environment Protection

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    The President of the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Antonis Papadimitriou and Hamburg Mayor Ole von Beust announced in the German city’s Town Hall on Thursday (28.5) the establishment of a new International Onassis Prize which would bear the name “Aristotle Onassis Prize for the Protection of the Environment.”   The Prize will be awarded every two years for “outstanding contributions towards protecting and improving the environment, including the long-term economical use of energy.”  The first award will be handed out in autumn 2010 in Hamburg and will be accompanied by a cash prize amounting to €250,000.

Awarded Book: “Greece: A Jewish History”

GREEK--JEWS-HISTORY1(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  K.E. Fleming’s history of Greek Jews, titled “Greece: A Jewish History”” published by Princeton University Press is this year’s winner of the Runciman Award for books published in 2008. The announcement was made at a special ceremony held at the Hellenic Centre in London on May 21.  The Runciman Award is a prize – named in honour of late Sir Steven Runciman, the distinguished historian- awarded by the Anglo-Hellenic League annually to a book on Greece or the world of Hellenism, published in English. See also: Athens Plus (22.5.2009): ‘Greece: A Jewish history’ wins Runciman Award  ( p. 20)

International Award for Italian Poetess Writing in Greek

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Italian poetess Cosmina Furchi Gliatas, who has been living and working in Athens for many years, received the international poetry award Tropea Onde Mediterranee for her poem written in Greek and titled “Afto pou epithimo” (That which I desire).