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The Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia on March 17, 2015 honored five finalists for the 2014 Professor of the Year Award which honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. PIASA member, Lisa Di Bartolomeo, was named First Runner-up for this honor and received a cash award of $2,500.

Dr. Di Bartolemeo is the Armand E. and Mary W. Singer Professor in the Humanities and Director of Slavic and Eastern European Studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Professor Di Bartolomeo was the first recipient of PIASA's Ambassador Kazimierz Dziewanowski Memorial Dissertation Award in 2002 for her doctoral dissertation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Other Visions: Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Trzy Kolory' Trilogy."

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In memoriam
PIASA expresses its deep sorrow at the passing of Cardinal Egan who was a friend to us and all people of goodwill. He will be greatly missed.

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Nominations are being sought for the 2015 Casimir Funk Natural Sciences Award
The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA) Casimir Funk Natural Sciences Award identifies and honors an outstanding scientist of Polish origin (Polish born or of Polish ancestry) living and working in the United States or Canada. The nominee should have contributed in a major way to scientific research and be widely recognized.  This year, the presentation of the Casimir Funk award will take place in New York, September 2015.  

Nominations:
1. Can be made by anyone (PIASA member or not), from anywhere in the world.
2. Should include a nomination letter stating the achievements on which the nomination is based and a brief Curriculum Vitae of the nominee.
3. Will remain under consideration for 4 years.
4. Should be sent by email prior to the April 1, 2015 deadline to the Chair of the Casimir Funk Natural Sciences Award Selection Committee:

Dr. Hanna Chroboczek Kelker, kelker01@verizon.net

Background information:
The previous winners of the Casimir Funk Award are as follows:
1995    Dr. Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize Laureate (Chemistry) Cornell University
1996    Dr. Alexander Wolszczan, (Astronomy) Pennsylvania State University
1997    Dr. Hilary Koprowski, (Virology, Immunology) Thomas Jefferson University
1998    Dr. Peter T. Wolczanski, (Chemistry) Cornell University
2001    Dr. Andrew Wojcicki, (Chemistry) Ohio State University
2003    Dr. Waclaw Szybalski, (Molecular Biology) McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research
2005    Dr. Benoit Mandelbrodt, (Mathematics) Yale University
2008    Dr. Frank Wilczek, Nobel Prize Laureate (Physics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2013    Dr. Maria Siemionow, (Medicine)  Cleveland Clinic
2014    Dr. Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, (Cell Biology) Brander Cancer Research Institute.

Casimir Funk (1884-1967), for whom the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences’ Natural Sciences Award is named, made important contributions to the fields of hormone research, enzymology and chemical synthesis.  However he is best known for his pioneering research that lead to the discovery of vitamins and for defining the role of vitamins in nutrition.  Funk postulated that nutritional deficiency diseases “can be prevented and cured by the addition of certain preventive substances which we call "vitamines”.  The term “vitamin” (coined by Funk from “vita”, Latin for life, and “amine”) has become accepted as the description of a group of functionally related but structurally distinct substances.  His hypothesis has had a major impact on the direction of research in a field that, before his discoveries, was filled with controversy.  His work has guided the developing science of nutrition and had an impact on biochemistry and medicine.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Members of the Casimir Funk Natural Sciences Award Committee
and of PIASA Board of Directors:

Hanna Chroboczek Kelker, Ph.D. (Committee Chair)
Anne Hermanowski Vosatka, M.D., Ph.D.
Wlodek Mandecki, Ph.D.
Joanna Pols, Ph.D.