The ambassador, the prime minister and the emperor . . .
Diehard Stanford football fans won’t let a little thing like a 17-hour time difference or 5,000 miles dampen their Cardinal spirit. U.S. Ambassador to Japan JOHN ROOS, ’77, JD ’80, and his wife, SUSIE ROOS, ’78, will host a Big Game event at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo that starts at 9 a.m. Sunday morning, just before kickoff. The Rooses and their guests, who will include Japanese Prime Minister YUKIO HATOYAMA, MS ’72, MS ’73, PhD ’76, will watch the Cardinal vs. Bears matchup live on the American Forces Network . . .
WINSLOW BRIGGS, professor, by courtesy, of biology and director emeritus of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Plant Biology at Stanford, has won the International Prize for Biology from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. On Nov. 30, Briggs will be presented with the award, consisting of a medal and 10 million yen (approximately $110,000), along with an imperial gift from the emperor of Japan, at a ceremony in Tokyo. The award ceremony is held in the presence of His Majesty Emperor Akihito, who will deliver a congratulatory message. The prize, created in 1985 to commemorate the 60-year reign of Emperor Showa and his longtime devotion to biological research, honors an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of research in fundamental biology. In the Carnegie Institution’s announcement of the award, WOLF FROMMER, current director of the Department of Plant Biology, said, “The work of Dr. Briggs on blue-light receptors in plants and microbes has been a major milestone for our understanding of how organisms detect light, which allows them to respond to environmental changes.”