From Gurdip SinghSingapore, May 28 (PTI) An Indian-American scientist has received the prestigious Springer Theses Award for his outstanding research on developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor.Arnab De, who has also developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes, was nominated by New Yorks Columbia University for his PhD thesis which he dedicated to legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and his alma mater Kolkatas Presidency University.”Two things that have influenced me the most is sports and education. This thesis is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar not only for the cricketing joy he provided me, but also for being a constant source of inspiration to all Indian youth,” De said.De, who has also received the Young Investigator Award at the American Peptide Symposium, was awarded for developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor A20.The Springer Theses Award is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognise outstanding PhD research.Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series: “Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research”.The winners also get a cash prize of 500 euros (USD 555). The research work was highlighted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports.Only research considered to be of fundamental relevance to a general readership is chosen to be highlighted by EMBO.Ole John Nielsen (University of Copenhagen), who shared the 2007 Nobel peace Prize as a member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change along with US vice president Al Gore, had in 2012 described the Springer award as an “insanely great honour”. PTI GS AJR MRJadvertisement
The Indian government has proposed plans of exploring Indian cities, tourist spots, hills and rivers by covering such locations through the Google Street View with certain riders to facilitate a 360 degree, panoramic and street level imagery.The permission is to be granted to the internet services giant to cover most of the Indian Territory excluding sensitive locations like defence installations, nuclear sites and some other high-valued spots. A formal communication is likely to be conveyed to the Google after detailed deliberations by the top officials of the Ministries of Defence, Home, External officials and the Prime Minister’s office.Google Street View, so far, has been extensively used in the U.S., Canada and European countries with limited application in India. It has been launched in some of the tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Varanasi river bank, Nalanda University, Mysore Palace, Thanjavur temple Chinnaswamy stadium besides others in partnership with the Archaeological Society of India.Streets with Street View imagery available are shown as blue lines on Google Maps. Google Street View displays panoramas of stitched images. While most of the photography is done by car, some is done by trekker, tricycle, walking, boat, snowmobile, camel, and underwater apparatus.