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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

The Royal Spanish Society of Physics (RSEF) and the BBVA Foundation have once again partnered to recognize the most prominent scientific achievements in Spain. Offering a total cash prize of 50,000 euros, the Spanish Physics Awards are given in recognition of top-level research; motivate younger scientists; and foster the relationship between physics and education and business. These awards strengthen the commitment of the BBVA Foundation with science and represent a channel through which to support researchers that are able to create new materials and fight diseases.

As any visitor to my house will be able to tell, I love maps. Our living room is full of them. A Soviet map of Portsmouth (complete with Cyrillic labels) gazes across the room at old maps of South America and Italy. A large Mercator world map occupies an entire wall while Charles Minard’s celebrated map of Napoleon’s ill-fated Moscow campaign hangs in the hallway.

Garbiñe Muguruza interview WTA Finals

Garbiñe Muguruza has reached the WTA Finals in Singapore, the last tournament of the year, which pits the year’s eight best tennis players against each other. Now that she’s recovered from a twisted ankle she suffered in Linz, she will face off against Karolina Pliskova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and the reigning champion, Agnieskza Radwanska. The WTA Finals mark the end of a great year for Garbiñe, who won her first Grand Slam after beating Serena Williams in Paris.

BBVA Compass added another brush stroke to its big picture commitment to the arts, becoming the lead corporate sponsor of “Degas: A New Vision” at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

The exhibition features more than 200 pieces by celebrated Impressionist Edgar Degas, taken from public and private collections from around the world. It is the most significant international survey of the work of Degas in nearly 30 years, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is the only U.S. venue to present the exhibition. It opened on Oct. 16.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a year since the last time we were here. We arrived at Singapore yesterday, and now we’re gearing up to, hopefully, do things right in the year’s last tournament. It will be extremely hard, because only the season’s 8 best players play in the WTA Finals. As you know, Serena will not be here, but the tournament is going to be just as hard.

There was a time when fashion was not decided in Paris, Milan or New York. At one point, it was Philip II’s Spain, an empire where the sun never set, who told the world how to dress. As a reflection of the time, art is the perfect guide to learn about fashion in the 16th and 17th Centuries through the BBVA Collection.

The four finalists vying for the top prize of $10,000 in “The Pitch,” the business-plan contest sponsored by BBVA Compass and Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo, are now up for voting by fans.

A team of judges from the bank and the Dynamo whittled down the 120 entries to the final four, and the fans will pick the ultimate winner by logging on to HoustonDynamo.com to cast their votes. The winner will be announced during the Dynamo match on Sunday, October 16, against the LA Galaxy.

Progress in quality of life depends, largely, on the continuous generation of mathematical advances. Under this premise, the BBVA Foundation and the Royal Spanish Mathematical Society(RSME) presented, on October 3, the Vincent Caselles Mathematical Research Awards, created by both companies in 2015 to boost the research of young Spanish mathematicians or those trained in Spain.