06 Mar 2015

A Dialogue with Nobel Laureate Professor Ada Yonath

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Stamford American Hosts Dialogue with 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Prof. Ada E. Yonath

First Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Stamford American had the honor of hosting 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Professor Ada. E. Yonath in a dialogue and questions and answer with students as part of the school’s Global Mentor Program.

Commencing with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology lab experiment on enzymes, students inquired how the molecular structure of enzymes is affected by its environment and the possible effects on the human body. A subsequently dialogue with Professor Yonath enabled students to understand more about modern biomedical research, the concern of ethics in the development of knowledge and personalized medicine and the justification of using animals in research.

Professor Yonath shared how her studies developed her personal interest in the translation of instruction in DNA to cell components. Sharing her insights, Professor Yonath said, “I’m excited to see so many young students interested in science at Stamford. I believe that each of you should focus on what one wants and what one can do as you start on your journey after Secondary School. I hoped to have inspired you today.”

Professor Yonath is a 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry researching at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She is the 1st Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize, the 1st woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel Prize in science and the 1st woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

Superintendent at Stamford American, Mr Malcolm Kay said, “Professor Yonath is regarded as an innovator for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. As an international thought leader, we are truly honored to have Professor Yonath share her knowledge and experiences with our students as part of our Global Mentor Program. Her insights will go a long way to inspire our students on the positive impacts modern biomedical research can deliver.”

Stamford American’s Global Mentor Program gives students access to leading global figures in the fields of business, science, social enterprise, athletics and the arts to motivate them to excel in their chosen paths. Some of these mentors include winner of the 1996 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Professor Sir James Mirrlees, 2010 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry, Professor Ei-Ichi Negishi, and U.S. Olympic medalists Nathan Adrian and Jessica Hardy.

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