Woohoo! Nobel Season!
Okay, the Dodgers are done, 'SC and UCLA are done, and let's be honest- the Lakers are already done. But fear not, the coolest races of the year are just getting started- the Nobel Prize awards. That's right, everyone's favorite Swedish prize named after the guy who invented dynamite. The best of the best, the elite of the elite, the few (hopefully) good people finally getting recognition for doing things that are by and large awesome. So without further ado, your 2007 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine is...OMG! a three way tie! It goes to Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies for "their discoveries of principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells". So, um...awesome! For their hard work, the three scientists get to split $1.54 million for continued research/coke-fueled S&M orgies. Good job, fellas!
Nobel Prize announcement times/betting favorites for the awards after the jump...
Nobel Prize in Physics
Given: Tomorrow, 2:45 am.
LAist favorite to win: Sorry, haven't got a clue. But put your money on an American. We run this science shit.
Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Given: Wednesday, 2:45 am
LAist favorite to win: same as Physics. While a repeat of last year's epic USA science sweep is already not a possibility (damn you Sir Evans and your Welsh ways!), it's more than likely that we'll at least win part of each of these.
Nobel Prize in Literature
Given: Thursday, 4:00 am
LAist favorite to win: Phillip Roth. The master of late 20th Century American Jewish writing, Roth has long been considered a favorite for the award, and the fact that he's still publishing relevant and quality work should be enough to push him over the edge.
Dark Horse: Of course, the Swedish Academy loves giving the spotlight to unknowns, which is exactly why Korean poet Ko Un has been mentioned. To be fair, Un is a pretty epic dude with his Ten Thousand Livesseries, which is his attempt to describe every person he's ever met. Other names mentioned have been Don DeLillo and Israeli Amos Oz, both worthy candidates.
Nobel Prize for Peace
Given: Friday, 2:00 am
LAist favorite to win: Al Gore and Shelia Watt-Cloutier. There have been rumors that the Academy is going to hop on the Green Wagon, and who better to show that then Mr. Gore? Having Gore win would give the Nobels a resounding bit of relevance, something that they are always looking for more of. Watt-Cloutier would win as well because she, a Canadian Inuit environmental activist, and Gore were nominated together.
Dark Horse: It's important to remember that Gore's star power may actually drive away some votes. If this is the case, look for a peacemaker like Martti Ahtisaari, a dissident like Thich Quang Do (as a Buddhist, Do's victory might also be seen as a seal of approval to Burma's monks), or even an organization like Save the Children (we're still waiting on funding for our rival organization, Screw the Children).
Nobel Prize in Economics
Given: Monday, Oct 15, 4 am
LAist favorite to win: Who cares? It's the Pro Bowl of the Nobels. We'll be so hungover after the Peace Prize Party that we'll barely even notice who wins this. It's worth noting that the last time they gave someone with truly interesting economic ideas a Nobel, it was Yunus for the Peace Prize. Expect one or more American professors to win for something you could never possibly understand.
Nobel Fever! Catch it!