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Left to right: Morris Segal, B’nai B’rith Uruguay president; Mario Schayevitz, president of the Oriental Lodge; Ricardo Ehrlich, Minister of Education; Rodney Colina, 2013 Light and Truth Award winner.

B’nai B’rith Uruguay presented its sixth Light and Truth Award to Rodney Colina, an engineer and expert researcher in molecular biology. The award—given by the Victor and Clara Soriano Foundation, B’nai B’rith Uruguay and the B’nai B’rith Oriental Unit—recognizes young Uruguayan professionals excelling in the fields of science and technology.

Victor Soriano was a founding member of B’nai B’rith Uruguay and one of the most prestigious medical doctors in the country. As part of the award, Colina will travel to Israel and will enjoy a program developed by the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem.

Uruguay Minister of Education Ricardo Ehrlich and B’nai B’rith Uruguay President Morris Segal presented the award at the B’nai B’rith Hall in Montevideo before a crowd of 200 people.

Engineer and professor Liliana Borzacconi was also presented with the Maimonides Award, in recognition of her career as investigator and the chair of the Council of Sciences in Uruguay.

The ceremony was covered by the major Uruguayan daily newspaper EL PAIS. Click here to the read the story (in Spanish).