NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 17, 2010) Autism Speaks, the nation's leading autism science and advocacy organization, is pleased to announce that Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D., its chief science officer, has been named a "Rock Star of Science" by Geoffrey Beene Gives Back and GQ Magazine who have joined forces, along with the Entertainment Industry Foundation/SU2C, to bring together eight celebrity musicians--rock icon Debbie Harry (Blondie), Bret Michaels, Timbaland, Keri Hilson, Heart (Anne and Nancy Wilson), Jay Sean and B.o.B -- and seventeen of the nation's top medical researchers, including Dr. Dawson as well as two Nobel Laureates.
"The RSOS campaign shines the spotlight on this critical national issue," says G. Thompson Hutton, CEO and Trustee of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, supported by the designer menswear brand Geoffrey Beene, LLC, which dedicates 100 percent of net profits to philanthropic causes. "If we invest in research, we will save lives now and trillions of dollars later."
Such comments are confirmed by Harris Interactive and Research!America surveys, which report that the public is out of touch with the scientific community. Nearly half of those polled couldn't name a single living scientist.
"It's an honor to be named a Rock Star of Science!" stated Dr. Dawson. "This campaign helps to shine a light on autism and extraordinary research underway that aims to discover the causes and effective treatments for autism. The science Autism Speaks is funding equals hope for better lives for people with autism and their families. "
"Scientists like to tell ourselves that we are too busy to worry about image," explains Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and one of the 2009 Rock Stars of Science. "But the reality is that our work only has a chance of making a difference if we build a much broader base of popular support for medical research than currently exists in this country." Ea
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