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Eden Figueroa received a $50k award from the Discovery Fund at an event held at the Simons Foundation headquarters in New York City on December 11. He was one of the four finalists in a the competition for the Discovery Prize that was awarded to Laurie T. Krug, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

Alan Alda, founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, provided opening remarks at the event. President Stanley described the Discovery Fund as the University’s response to a nationwide call to augment public funding of basic science with philanthropic support. The Discovery Fund is one of 15 similar funds supported by universities in the Science Philanthropy Alliance, working together to increase private investment in fundamental research.

Each finalist made a a TED-talk-style presentation to a jury that included Peter Agre, Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Robert Shelton, President of Research Corporation for Science Advancement, Jim Simons, Chairman of the Simons Foundation, founder of Renaissance Technologies and former Chairman of the Mathematics Department and Esther Takeuchi, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.

The Discovery Fund also hosted Eden and in New York city for the night before the event.

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