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february 2nd week 2015 current affairs
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february 2nd week 2015 current affairs

1) ANU receives Global HR Excellence Award

 

  • Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) has received “Global HR Excellence Award” in the category of E-learning from the World Education Congress (WEC), Mumbai. The award was presented to the university in Mumbai wherein 700 delegates from about 130 countries across the globe participated. ANU bagged the award in a tight contest among several Central, State, Deemed and Private Universities.

 

2) Purnendu Dasgupta

 

  • An Indian-American, who developed an environment friendly field analyser for checking toxic arsenic levels in water, has been awarded a prestigious award for his special contribution in the field of chemistry
  • Purnendu Dasgupta, a Jenkins Garrett professor of chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award.
  • The national award recognises a scientist, who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.
  • As the recipient of the award, Dasgupta will receive a plaque and cash prize. He will also attend the ACS national conference in August in Boston, where he will address and participate in an awards symposium on education in analytical chemistry.
  • Dasgupta’s research area includes: methods for environment-friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water; rapid analysis of trace heavy metals in the atmosphere; iodine nutrition in women and infants and the role of the chemical perchlorate; and the development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil, such as on a trip to Mars.
  • He is the author of more than 400 scientific papers and book chapters and holds 25 US patents. His work has earned more than USD 18 million in research grants.


 

3) BAFTA 2015: `Boyhood`, `Grand Budapest Hotel` win big

 

  • At the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) 2015 held in London on 8th February, coming-of-age drama `Boyhood` took home three of the biggest awards, however, it was Wes Anderson`s whimsical drama ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ proved the star, clinched five trophies.
  • Best film- Boy hood
  • Best director- Richard Linklater (Boyhood film)
  • Best supporting actress- Patricia Arqutte (Boy hood film)
  • Best Actress- Julianne Moore (Still Alice Movie)
  • Best Actor – Eddi Redmayne (The theory of everything movie (story of Stephen Hawking)
  • `The Grand Budapest Hotel`, which dominated the craft categories, won best original music, makeup and hair, costume design, production design, as well as best original screenplay for director Anderson who was conspicuous by his absence.
  • The winner of the best documentary was Laura Poitras` gripping `Citizenfour`, which documents Edward Snowden`s efforts to expose the scale of NSA post-9/11 spying.
  • Other awards included outstanding British debut where writer Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone won for their film `Pride`.
  • `Interstellar` won best special visual effects, `Ida` won best film not in the English language, beating India`s epistolary romance `The Lunchbox`, and Jack O`Connell clinched the EE rising star award.


 


 

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