The Origins Awards, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, are presented at the Origins International Game Expo for outstanding work in the game industry. Awards are given for the previous year, so (for example) the 1979 awards were given at the 1980 expo.
Originally, the Charles Roberts Awards were given out at the Origins Expo, in five categories: Best Professional Game, Best Amateur Game, Best Professional Magazine, Best Amateur Magazine and Adventure Gaming Hall of Fame. In 1978, the Expo also hosted the 1977 H. G. Wells awards for Roleplaying games and Miniature wargaming. Starting with the 1987 awards, the Charles S. Roberts were once again given separately, and they have since moved away from the Origins Expo.
Jack Szostak, a professor of genetics at Harvard University and a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, is exploring the origins of life by trying to recreate the first sputterings of evolutionary biology in a test tube.
As a participant in Harvard's ``Origins of Life in the Universe" initiative, Szostak is one of many researchers from fields as diverse as astronomy and biology working together to unveil the mysteries of what happened on earth four billion years ago.
Originally from Ottawa, Szostak studied cellular biology at McGill University in Montreal before moving to Cornell University in New York for graduate studies in biochemistry.
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