In Rome, Italy, on September 4th, 2019, Dr. Ilaria Capua was awarded the Prize for American-Italian Relations (PAIR) in Science and Technology. Dr. Capua is the director of the One Health Center of Excellence at the University of Florida. The PAIR award selects individuals that celebrate, encourage, and promote Italian-American relations and inspire others with their work. In addition to Dr. Capua, there were two other winners: CEO of the New York Times, Mark Thompson, who received the award for Human, Social, Literary, and Economical Sciences, as well as Giuseppe Tornatore, a 1990 Academy Award winning director who received the award for Arts and Culture.
The Center for American Studies established this award four years ago according to its mission. Its mission is to support and strengthen relations between Italy and the United States. The four categories are the following: arts and culture; human, social, literary, and economic sciences; science and technology; and justice and security.