Fontana del Pantheon

The Fontana del Pantheon was commissioned by Pope Gregory XIII and is located in the Piazza della Rotonda, Rome, in front of the Roman Pantheon. It was sculpted out of marble by Leonardo Sormani. In 1711, Pope Clement XI requested that the fountain be modified and had Filippo Barigioni design a new layout, which included a different basin, made of stone, the Macuteo obelisk, created during the period of Ramses II, set in the centre on a plinth with four dolphins decorating the base. In 1886, the original marble figures were removed, replaced with copies by Luigi Amici. Today, the originals can be seen in the Museum of Rome. Fontana del Pantheon was the model to Francesco Robba for the Robba fountain, which stands at Town Square in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, it is one of the city's most recognisable symbols. In April 2018 James Pallotta has offered to donate €230,000 towards the restoration the fountain and the fontana dei Leoni in Piazza del Popolo

National Research Council (Italy)

The Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche or National Research Council, is the largest research council in Italy. As a public organisation, its remit is to support technological research, its headquarters are in Rome. The institution was founded in 1923; the first president was Vito Volterra, succeeded by Guglielmo Marconi. The process of improvement of the national scientific research, through the use of specific laws, affects many research organizations, amongst them is CNR, whose "primary function is to carry on, through its own organs, advanced basic and applied research, both to develop and maintain its own scientific competitiveness, to be ready to take part in a timely manner in the strategic fields defined by the national planning system". On 23 December 1987, CNR registers the first Italian internet domain: With the issuing of the legislative decree of 30 January 1999, n. 19, which defines "The reorganization of the National Research Council" the central role of CNR in the Italian research system is confirmed.

In particular CNR is defined as a "national research organization, with general scientific competence and with scientific research institutes distributed across Italy, which carries out activities of primary interest for the promotion of science and the progress of the country". CNR has the legal status of a public organization, defines for itself autonomous rules and regulations, in accordance with the existing laws and the Civil Code; the new CNR has the following mission and activities: It promotes and carries on research activities, in pursuit of excellence and strategic relevance within the national and international ambit, in the frame of European cooperation and integration. D. courses, in advanced after-university specialization courses, in programs of continuous or recurring education. For the execution of these activities and any other activity related to them, CNR can stipulate agreements and contracts, establish or participate in consortia, foundations or societies with private or public parties, Italian or foreign.

In addition, through agreements or participation, CNR can implement programs and regulations of the Regional governments or other Public Administrations, aimed to the dissemination of the research results in the economic system. CNR can participate in international research centers, in collaboration with analogous scientific institutions of other Countries. CNR is organized in seven departments and 106 research institutes, listed below: Biomedical Sciences Physical sciences and technologies of matter Earth system science and environmental technologies Chemical sciences and materials Engineering, ICT, transportation technologies Agricultural and food sciences Humanities and social sciences, cultural heritage Istituto di ricerca sull'impresa e lo sviluppo Istituto per le applicazioni del calcolo "Mauro Picone" Istituto per l'ambiente marino costiero Istituto di analisi dei sistemi ed informatica "Antonio Ruberti" Istituto di biologia agro-ambientale e forestale Istituto per i beni archeologici e monumentali Istituto di biostrutture e bioimmagini Istituto di biologia e biotecnologia agraria Istituto di biomembrane e bioenergetica Istituto di biofisica Istituto di bioimmagini e fisiologia molecolare Istituto di biomedicina e di immunologia molecolare "Alberto Monroy" Istituto di biometeorologia Istituto di Biochimica e Biologia Cellulare Istituto di biologia e patologia molecolari Istituto di cristallografia Istituto di calcolo e reti ad alte prestazioni Istituto di chimica biomolecolare Istituto di chimica dei composti organo metallici Istituto di Chimica della Materia Condensata

Susan J. Hunter

Susan J. Hunter is an American academic and the 20th president of the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, she was the first woman president of the University of Maine since its founding in 1865. She took office on July 2014 following the departure of then-president Paul Ferguson, she remained in the position until June 30, 2018. Hunter is a cell biologist by training, she earned her undergraduate degree in biology rom James Madison University and a Ph. D. in physiology from Pennsylvania State University. She did postdoctoral work both at Case Western Reserve University and at Pennsylvania State University, she started her career at the University of Maine in 1991 as part of the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences. IN 2016, she was inducted into the Deborah Morton Society at the University of New England. In 2017, she received the Wilma Award from the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. In 2017, she received the Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation and in 2018 she was honored with the Catherine Lebowitz Award for Public Service from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce.

She and her husband, David Lambert, live in Orono. Lambert is a plant pathologist in the University of Maine's School of Agriculture. Official biography