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Latsis Awards in Geneva

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The awardees of the 2009 “Fondation Latsis Internationale” Prize are Zurich Federal Institute of Technology Professor Haralambos Anastasiou, Lausanne Polytechnic School Dr Elie Bou Zeid, Geneva University Dr Reto Schumacher and St.Gallen University Professor Frederic Thiesse.

The “Fondation Latsis Internationale” is a charitable organisation, established in 1975 by the Latsis family in Geneva.  The Foundation currently awards four University Prizes, worth 25,000 Swiss francs each, (awarded to the above mentioned scientists) as well as a National and a European Latsis Prize of 100,000 Swiss francs each.  The purpose of the “Fondation Latsis Internationale” award is to distinguish scientific work of particular excellence.During the award ceremony, Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi delivered a lecture on contemporary architecture. 

Greek Woman’s Allure in China

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  For those who dream a career abroad Dr. Efstratia Zafeiriou might have something useful to contribute. Born in Greece, she completed her studies in Germany as an engineer.

Specialising in market and trend research, today Zafeiriou is responsible for a leading German car maker’s strategic development in the Chinese market.  Speaking to Greek media in the sidelines of a commemorative event marking 20 years of Thessaloniki University’s Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering – 41 year-old and mother of three – Zafeiriou said she considers her studies in Greece a solid base to start from and she is thankful for the fact that German enterprises value the multicultural features of their staff.  She admits that China is another country that lends itself to rich intercultural experiences, admitting that “my Greek origin has always been a plus abroad.” 

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.

Summer Deaflympics: Athens 2013

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The president of International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, Dr Donalda Ammons and the president of the Organising Committee of the 22nd Summer Deaflympics 2013  Marianna Vardinoyiannis signed on January 20, in Athens, a memorandum of cooperation. Deputy Minister of Sports Yannis Ioannidis said that at least 5000 athletes from 100 countries and their 10,000 companions and officials will participate in Deaflympics 2013, making it “another great sports event hosted by Greece” which is certain “to have a success, comparable to that of the Athens 2004 Olympics Games.”  The first “silent Olympics” took place in Paris in 1924, bringing together 9 nations and 133 competitors. 

An Hippodrome Discovered in Olympia after 1600 Years

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The site of an ancient hippodrome course in Olympia, where the emperor Nero competed for Olympian laurels, has been discovered. The hippodrome was discovered in Olympia by a research team that included Professor Norbert Müller, Dr Christian Wacker and Dr Reinhard Senff. “This discovery is an archaeological sensation,” commented Norbert Müller of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. The research project extended over several weeks before its completion in mid-May 2008. Prior to this, the hippodrome had only been known from written sources. Archaeologists had failed to locate its actual site, which is surprising, as German archaeologists have been continuously excavating the site of where the ancient Olympiad was held since 1875.      Science Daily: Horse Racecourse In Ancient Olympia Discovered After 1600 Years (21.07.2008); Ministry of Culture: Olympia-The Hippodrome