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Former NAFKI Committee Members among Recipients of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation
On February 1, President Obama honored this year’s winners of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Three of the honorees served on previous National Academies Keck Futures Initiative conference steering committees. Congratulations!

Sallie W. Chisholm (NAS) was awarded the National Medal of Science and served as member of the NAKFI Complex Systems Steering Committee in 2009-10.

Robert Langer (NAS/NAE/IOM), was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and served as a member of the NAKFI Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Steering Committee in 2004-05.

Frances H. Arnold (NAS/NAE/IOM) was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and served as a member of the NAKFI Synthetic Biology Steering Committee in 2009-10. Listen to an interview with Dr. Arnold about her work in engineering and synthetic biology, here http://www.keckfutures.org/conferences/synthetic-biology/Podcast_Tutorials_Arnold_Main_Page.html



(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)


According to th National Science & Technology Medals website,  "since its creation by Congress in 1959 as part of Public Law 86-209, the National Medal of Science has honored individuals 'deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, chemistry and social sciences.'  More than 400 of America's scientists, thinkers, and discovers have been honored with this medal.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation is presented to individuals, teams, and companies for achievement in the innovation, development, commercialization, and management of technology. More than 170 individuals, teams and companies have been recognized with the medal.

A video of the ceremony is available on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZX6GI2sLWU&feature=youtu.be.

Read the full National Academies press release here http://tinyurl.com/bxc5cob  for a list of all the winners.