Scientific Letter - September 2011

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

Scientific letter - Bonjour Southeast

September 2011

Southeast France Events To Know Picture


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Dear Friends,

The Consulate of France in Atlanta is preparing for the big event that will start on October, 26: France-Atlanta 2011.
On the scientific side, we will have the chance to have four scientific symposia: two of them will take place at Georgia Tech, one of them will deal with the US-French Cooperation in R&D and in Higher Education and the second with Graphene. The two others will be at Emory University and will be about Renal Transplantation and Chronic Kidney Disease.

We are waiting for you at the event France-Atlanta 2011!

Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences


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Scientific news froms the Southeast USA

- Innovation in France: a parliamentary delegation visits to Southeast U.S, also available in French, General Consulate of France, August 2011. GIF GIF
Mr. Claude Birraux, Representative of the Haute-Savoie region and Chairman of the French Parliamentary Office for Scientific and Technological Assessment (OPECST), Jean-Yves Le Déaut, Representative of Meurthe-et-Moselle region and Vice President of the OPECST, Michel Antoine, senior counsel at OPECST and Benjamin Topper, OPECST junior staffer and interpreter will be in the Southeast U.S. from September 10 to 13, 2011.
>> Learn more

- Joseph Parello, fascinated by the complexity of life and the world around him, also available in French, General Consulate of France, August 2011. GIF GIF
In 1958, as a student at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Toulouse (ENSCT), Joseph Parello discovered the world of molecular biology with a scientific article published in the prestigious journal, Endeavour. This review, offered by his professor of physics, has been carefully preserved as a talisman since then. When guest professor Linus Pauling, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962, presented one of the structures of protein folding called alpha helix, it was a trigger for Joseph Parello; so he continued his studies in the biology field in addition to studying physics and chemistry in the hope that, perhaps one day, he would be able to advance science.
>> Learn more

- Math, science teaching model draws European interest , University of Alabama at Birmingham, 07/25/2011. GIF
A German delegation of science education, business and government officials visited Alabama July 13 to meet with Gov. Robert Bentley and State Superintendent of Schools, Joe Morton and to review UAB’s Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) program.
>> Learn more

- Newly Designed Molecule Blocks Chlamydia Bacteria, Duke University, 07/20/2011. GIF
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have discovered a way to block the damaging actions of chlamydia, the bacteria responsible for the largest number of sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
>> Learn more

- Should there be a market in human organs?, Duke University, August 2011. GIF
In the early 1970s, organ donation was an experimental therapy often seen as posing the same sort of dangers as genetic engineering or human cloning. Against this, transplant advocates developed the idea of organ donation as a sacred “gift of life.” It worked.
>> Learn more

- PopSci’s 25 Most Awesome College Labs 2011, Among the 25 labs, you will find the University of Alabama at Huntsville: Propulsion Research Center, the New College Florida: Peruvian Amazon Field Course and the University of Florida: Lightning Research Laboratory, Popular Science, 08/03/2011. GIF
Forget stuffy lecture halls and humming fluorescent lights. Build robots instead! Or run a nuclear reactor. To rank the coolest labs in the country, we factored in groundbreaking research, undergrad access and sheer awesomeness.
>> Learn more

- Glove that vibrates fingertip could improve one’s sense of touch, Georgia Institute of Technology, 08/04/2011. GIF
A little vibration can be a good thing for people who need a sensitive touch.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a glove with a special fingertip designed to improve the wearer’s sense of touch. Applying a small vibration to the side of the fingertip improves tactile sensitivity and motor performance, according to their research results.
>> Learn more

- Super Small: Help Choose the Year’s Best Microscope Photos, Wired, 08/18/2011. GIF
Every year the Nikon Small World competition draws thousands of extreme close-up photos from scientists and photomicrographers around the world. These amazing images, made with the help of microscopes, let us see things we can otherwise only imagine in detail that we couldn’t otherwise access.
This year’s competition looks to be at least as interesting as last year’s contest and features some of the most beautiful submissions in the contest’s 37-year history. A panel of judges will decide the winners, but you can help decide the popular vote winner.
>> Learn more


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Scientific news from France

- A new technique for restoring heart rhythm, also available in French, CNRS, 07/13/2011. GIF GIF
A high-amplitude, and often painful, electrical shock is the only method currently available for treating certain cases of chronic cardiac arrhythmia. But now a new technique using much weaker impulses has been developed by an international team of physicists and cardiologists (1), including Alain Pumir, CNRS researcher at the ENS Lyon physics laboratory (CNRS/ENS Lyon/Université Lyon 1).
>> Learn more

- Le rapport annuel 2010 de l’ANR est maintenant disponible, ANR, 07/21/2011. GIF
Ce rapport, disponible au téléchargement au cliquant sur le lien, résume toutes les collaborations internationales, les partenariats, les faits marquants pour les thèmes de la Biologie-Santé, des Écosystèmes et Développement Durable, de l’Énergie Durable et l’Environnement, de l’Ingénierie, Procédés et Sécurité, des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, et des Sciences et Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication.
>> Learn more

- Tele-epidemiology: satellites see mosquitoes coming also available in French, CNES, 08/05/2011. GIF GIF
Tele-epidemiology, relying on satellite imagery to study relationships between climate, the environment and health, is spawning a host of projects in West Africa. Risk maps able to predict exposure to disease-bearing insects are now operational and set to greatly facilitate healthcare applications.
>> Learn more

- Hydrogen provides energy for bacteria in "extreme" habitats, also available in French, CNRS, 08/11/2011. GIF GIF
In deep ocean waters, some organisms can thrive in a presumably hostile type of ecosystem: hydrothermal vents, which have been the focus of extensive research for more than 30 years. Today, an international study reveals for the first time that bacteria living in association with hydrothermal mussels are capable of using hydrogen as an energy source to produce organic matter.
>> Learn more


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University of Miami (Miami)
- September, 29th, 6:45am, Ralf Gebhard and Joni Maga.
’UPro/Con: Should Regional Blocks Be Performed Under General Anesthesia?’

Florida State University (Tallahassee)
- September, 29th, 4pm, Thomas D. Seeley.
’Swarm intelligence in honey bees’


Emory University (Atlanta)
- September, 7th, 4-5pm, James Olzmann.
’Sharing is caring: Overlapping ER and lipid droplet ubiquitination networks regulate cellular fat storage’

University of Georgia (Athens)
- September, 8th, 11am, Tamara McNealy.
’Microbe - Nanoparticle Interactions - Bidirectional Consequences’
- September, 14th, 6pm, Fiona Godlee.
’Piltdown Man Redux? The Scientific Fraud Behind the MMR Scare’

North Carolina

Duke University
- September, 6th, 12:30pm, Matthew Hahn.
’Gene gain, gene loss, and gene movement in evolution’
- September, 23rd, 4:00pm, Xinnian Dong.
’Design principles of plant immune responses’
- September, 30th, 4:00pm, Amy Schmid.
’Transcriptional regulatory network dynamics in response to environmental extremes’

North Carolina State University
- September, 19th, 1:30pm, Brenda Gertrud (Trudi) Schupbach.
’EGF Receptor Activation and Follicle Cell Differentiation in Drosophila’
- September, 27th, 1:30pm, Hank W. Bass.
’Chromatin Structure and Genome Response in Maize’
- September, 29th, 3:30pm, Brenda Milner.
’Brain and Memory: Lessons from Neurosurgical Patients’

>> More details concerning these events and more events following this link.


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Postdoctoral Position in Immunogenomics : Marcy l’Etoile, France

We are currently looking for a post-doctoral fellow to participate in research projects that are currently running in our joint unit (BioMerieux/Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Lyon, France). Our research focus is sepsis. Our goal is to better understand the pathophysiology of sepsis-induced immune dysfunctions and to identify and validate host-response biomarkers to assess patients’ immune status and the risk of mortality and/or developing nosocomial infections.
>>Learn more GIF

Prix Le goût des sciences 2011

Créé en 2009, le prix "Le goût de sciences" valorise la communauté scientifique et met en lumière les initiatives de vulgarisation scientifiques et les produits culturels qui visent à faire comprendre au plus grand nombre l’enjeu des travaux menés au sein des laboratoires. _ Avec ce prix, le ministère met en avant les chercheurs qui, tout au long de l’année, s’efforcent relever un défi essentiel : réconcilier la science et la société. Il s’agit également d’encourager le goût pour les savoirs et les vocations scientifiques.
>>Learn more GIF

France-Atlanta 2011

This new series of French-American events centered on innovation and designed to breathe new life into the cooperation between France and the Southeast United States will take place October 26-November 12, 2011. It will focus on the scientific, business, cultural and humanitarian domains. Among the many events to be studied are, to name a few, a symposium on the latest discovery in the field of kidney transplant, a workshop on business opportunities in the green technologies sector, a contemporary dance performance and a series of presentations to k-12 students to bring awareness on humanitarian efforts.
>>Learn more GIF


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Gecko Licking His Eyes

Credit: Isak Pretorius
On a recent trip to Swakopmund in Namibia, Isak was lucky to find a Web-footed Gecko on the dunes in the morning mist. They are nocturnal and he knew he didn’t have much time before the rising sun would force the gecko underground, so he had to be quick. Isak slowly approached the gecko with his macro lens, the gecko licked the moisture off his eyes and then dug his way into the protection of the sand.
Equipment: Canon 1dmk4 and Sigma 150mm macro

Isak is a professional wildlife photographer from South Africa. To see more of his work visit or to book a safari visit

Edited by Johanna Ferrand, Deputy Scientific Attaché in Life Sciences, designed by Clémentine Bernon, Deputy Cultural Attaché

(c) Consulate General of France in Atlanta

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