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“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Executive Summary

“Water – The Crisis Ahead” Executive Summary

Winter 2010 Newsletter

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“Global Population and the Planetary Future – 2011”

• Humanity 3000 Workshop
• October 2011

Walter P. Kistler Book Award

• Dr. Laurence C. Smith
• October 2011

12th Annual Kistler Prize

• Dr. Charles A. Murray
• September 2011

Norman Myers Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• May 2011

“Global Transitions and Asia 2060” Workshop

• Taipei, Taiwan
• November 2010

Peter Ward Lecture

• Walter P. Kistler Lecture Series
• October 2010

“Managing the Future”

• Talk by Sesh Velamoor
• July 2010






Kistler Prize



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2008 Recipient

Dr. J. Craig Venter

Dr. J. Craig Venter, world-renowned genome research pioneer, has been selected by the Foundation For the Future as the 2008 winner of the Kistler Prize, which is awarded annually for original work that significantly increases knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the human genome and society. The Kistler Prize includes a cash award of US$100,000 and a 180-gram gold medallion.

Dr. Venter is being honored for a body of pioneering work in genome science. He is currently Chairman and President of J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Rockville, MD, a not-for-profit research institute dedicated to the advancement of the science of genomics; the understanding of its implications for society; and communication of those results to the scientific community, the public, and policymakers. Venter came to prominence in scientific circles in 1991 for his novel technique for rapid gene discovery and in 1995 for the first sequencing in history of a genome of a living species, the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae. Using his pioneering methods he and his team rapidly sequenced and analyzed numerous important microbial and plant genomes. In February 2001 he and his team at Celera Genomics published the first sequence and analysis of the human genome. Venter went on to investigate genomes found in the atmosphere and the oceans; JCVI published in 2006 findings from ocean sampling that uncovered over six million new genes and thousands of new protein families from organisms in seawater. In 2007 Venter’s own complete individual genome was sequenced and published in the first-ever publication of a genome sequence of an individual, covering both chromosome pairs. At present, JCVI continues pioneering work toward the creation of a fully synthetic organism. His research has laid the groundwork for individualized medicine and health care, which will greatly impact the long-term future of humanity.

Venter's Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology is from the University of California, San Diego. He was a professor at State University of New York at Buffalo before joining the National Institutes of Health. The J. Craig Venter Institute was founded in 2006 by consolidating four institutes founded by Venter: The Center for the Advancement of Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research, J. Craig Venter Science Foundation, and Institute for Biological Energy Alternatives. In 2007 and 2008, Time magazine named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people. He is presently a Visiting Scholar in Harvard University’s Origins of Life Initiative and is at the forefront of research in applying genomics to energy.

Dr. Venter’s work is recounted in his book A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life (Penguin, 2007).