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Pier Paolo Pandolfi to Head Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Rome-native Pier Paolo Pandolfi has been named Director of the Cancer Center and the new Cancer Research Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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Gino Colafella: The Mayor’s Barber with Big Shoes To Fill


After his lifetime partner officially retired, North End barber Gino Colafella talks of his shop and the neighborhood that, over 40 years, has passed in front his eyes and reflected itself in his mirrors. “In a few months I lost both the mayor of Boston and the mayor of Hanover street,” says Gino Colafella, holding a black and white picture from twenty years ago of him and former business partner Johnny (“Shoes” – a nickname earned for being a shoemaker’s son) Cammarata giving a newly elected Thomas Menino his first haircut as a mayor of Boston. He laughs, but for ...

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Developing the Super-Battery: Riccardo Signorelli and FastCAP System


Signorelli is CEO of one of the leading companies in battery development.

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Italian MIT Professor Silvio Micali Wins Turing Award


Article originally published in MITnews. MIT professors Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali have won the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award for their pioneering work in the fields of cryptography and complexity theory. The two developed new mechanisms for how information is encrypted and secured, work that is widely applicable today in communications protocols, Internet transactions and cloud computing. They also made fundamental advances in the theory of computational complexity, an area that focuses on classifying computational problems according to their inherent difficulty. Goldwasser and Micali were credited for “revolutionizing the science of cryptography” and developing the gold ...

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Cooking Vacations founder Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli


It came as no surprise to Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli that public relations executives were among the most stressed out people in the country. A mover and shaker in the cutthroat world of Boston PR, she felt it in her shoulders and in the pit of her stomach. That stress led her to seek solace in Sorrento, Italy, in 2001. That stress also helped her start her wildly successful Cooking Vacations business. And that business helped her meet her anima gemella, her soul mate who became her husband. Piscitelli grew up in Massachusetts, her house filled with Italian song and the ...

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Tribute to Domenico Conte


The following is a tribute to Mr. Domenico Conte, written by his son Frank Conte, editor of EastBoston.com. We posted these words because it not only eulogized a great man, it epitomizes the Italian immigrant who came to American in search of a better life and was proud to call America his home. Eulogy for My Father, Domenico Conte December 3, 2012 Sacred Heart Church East Boston, MA Many years ago, upon my first trip to Italia, my grandfather Francesco, a simple and wonderful man for whom I was named, recalled for me the story of how eager my father ...

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Padua-native Antonio Chiocca to Take Over Neurosurgery Dept. at Brigham and Women’s


Padua-native Dr. Antonio Chiocca will take over the neurosurgery department at both the Brigham and Faulkner Hospital, beginning August 1.

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The Italian Beginnings of Fashion Model Linda Cole


As a young fashion model, Linda Cole spent time in Italy to learn the craft. Decades later, she is still making an impression, posing for Vogue Italia.

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Ciao Italia and Mary Ann Esposito’s Boston Connection


Host of the longest running cooking show on television, Esposito has many special connections with Boston.

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Jeanne Dasaro Speaks of North End Stories


Jeanne Dasaro is a social entrepreneur who started NorthEndStories.com in order to preserve memories of long-time residents of the historic Italian American neighborhood.

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Italian Physicist Giovanni Jona-Lasinio Wins 2012 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics


Jona-Lasinio will receive the award in Boston on February 27, 2012.

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Flaminia Catteruccia Joins Harvard in Battle Against Malaria


Flaminia Catteruccia, an Italian molecular entomologist, is the new associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard School of Public Health, looking to reduce the incidence of mosquito-borne malaria.

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