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Pirelli Internetional Award tenth edition

  • PIRELLI: THE TENTH EDITION OF THE PIRELLI INTERNET IONAL AWARD TO A MULTIMEDIA WORK THAT EXPLAINS "BLACK HOLES"

  • THE PHYSICS NOBEL PRIZE RICCARDO GIACCONI HANDS THE AWARD TO THE WINNER OF THE PIRELLI COMPETITION DEDICATED TO THE COMMUNICATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Rome (Italy),16 May 2006 - The awards of the tenth edition of the Pirelli Internet ional Award (www.pirelliaward.com), the first international multimedia competition launched by Pirelli in 1996 and carried out entirely on the Internet, have been assigned today in the historic Temple of Hadrian, in Rome, Italy. Awards have been granted to winners during a prize-giving ceremony which has been attended by, among others, Riccardo Giacconi , Nobel prize for Physics, Pasquale Pistorio , Vice-President of Confindustria and member of the Award's Jury, Riccardo Perissich , Public and Economic Affairs Director of the Pirelli Group, Carlo Massarini , Italian TV anchorman and journalist specializing in new technologies, and Paola Catapano , science journalist for CERN in Geneva.

After having evaluated more than 1,000 entries , coming from all over the world , the international Jury has assigned the awards, subdivided into the categories: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Life Sciences, ICT and, for the best Italian work, the " Generazione Alice" Award.

The Top Pirelli Prize , the main award consisting of 25,000 euros , has been awarded to the project titled "Black Holes" (http://www.hubblesite.org/go/blackholes): this is a suggestive virtual voyage into the mystery of black holes, the product of close collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute and the dotcom Educational Web Adventures , specialised in online science education. The work has also been awarded as the best work for multimedia communication of Physics .

In the Chemistry category the award, consisting of 15,000 euros , for best multimedia work for the communication of chemistry, has been granted to Fox Valley Technical College for the work titled "Construction of Cell Membrane " (http://www.wisc-online.com/objects/index_tj.asp?objid=AP1101), that consists of an educational module describing the composition of cellular membranes.

The Pirelli Award for the Mathematics category has been granted to the Interuniversity Research Centre for the Communication and Informal Learning of Mathematics (Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca per la Comunicazione e l'Apprendimento Informale della Matematica ) for "Images for Mathematics " (http://www.matematita.it/materiale/), a multimedia work that presents a series of images, visualizations and animations of certain concepts and principles of the discipline. This work won 15,000 euros .

For Life Sciences , the award of 15,000 euros has been issued to a researcher of the Institute of Clinical Phisiology of the CNR of Pisa (Is tituto di Fisiologia Clinica del CNR di Pisa ) for the work "My Heart ", that offers a user-friendly tool for understanding ischemic cardiopathology.

The ICT Award ( 15,000 euros ), went to the American Museum of Natural History for the web site "Ology " (http://ology.amnh.org/), an innovative project that introduces young people to scientific knowledge in a fun and interactive manner.
For the Generazione Alice award, offered by Telecom Italia and reserved for Italian authors' projects, the winner is Sissa (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati di Trieste ) with the website "Ulisse" (http://ulisse.sissa.it), an information and science communication portal that is one of the most visited in Italy. The project won an award of 10,000 euros .

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