Present in the field of "Cinema and Society": Joel and Ethan Coen make a creative partnership unique in the history of filmmaking. Their control over final cut of their films, their grasp of film genres, black comedy, and their capacity to bring narrative complexity to apparently simple plots have become hallmarks of their films. Their impressive list of films includes Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Barton Fink, and most recently True Grit.
Future in the field of "Ageing Facing the Challenge": Prof. Cynthia Kenyon of the University of California at San Francisco and Prof. Gary Ruvkun of the Harvard Medical School. Prof. Kenyon is a visionary whose work has established that ageing is genetically regulated. Prof. Ruvkun discovered that a hormone similar to human insulin is key in longevity. From their pioneering work, there is good reason to think that life-span could be extended in man, and that the onset of diseases of old age could be delayed genetically or with drugs.
In conjunction with the Unit for Science Oriented Youth at Tel Aviv University, the Dan David Prize has also initiated the "Name Your Hero" Essay Competition for High School Youth throughout Israel. High school students are encouraged to make a difference and present their choice of candidate and/or suggestions for fields to the mutual benefit of the Dan David Prize and the students. The fields selected for a given year are influenced by the students' input; the students' scholarship and creative writing skills are advanced.
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